Sports Rivalries, The Clintons, and Politicking Thug Style

I was fooled by the Clintons yet again. Actually this time I let myself believe in the Clintons and I was simply disappointed. I don’t know why I’m surprised. The most effective way to illustrate what I’m talking about is probably a sports analogy.

I am from the Philadelphia area and am an Eagles fan. For those of you in other cities, feel free to substitute your team and their rivals into my example. In the days leading up to Hillary and Bill’s addresses to the DNC, they were like a 1-15 Dallas Cowboys team. I don’t really like them, but they’re not really a threat either, and I would probably root for them to beat either the Giants or the Redskins (Yes, there is a time when I could root for the Cowboys).

Anyway, that’s how I felt about Bill and Hillary going into the other night. Maybe I bought into the “vast right wing conspiracy,” but I felt they were slighted by the Obama Camp, and I found myself rooting for them. I rooted for Hillary to not cut off the delegates’ role call, and somehow win her party’s nomination. And I rooted for Bill’s speech to pretty much tell Obama to stick it up his ass. And I think Obama thought there may be a chance of that happening as well. It would explain his “surprise” appearance at the Pepsi Center last night.

But when the dust settled, and President Clinton (whose ovation was a full 10x longer than Obama’s when he appeared anticlimactically) delivered the most convincing case for Obama at the convention thus far, they did neither. They only reminded me that the Cowboys at 1-15 are still the Cowboys. And the Clintons are still the Clintons. Then a light bulb began to glow, dimly at first but growing ever brighter, over the conspiratorial side of my brain (Yes it occupies a full hemisphere of my brain. Is that wrong?).

Again, I don’t know why I want to give the Clintons the benefit of the doubt here, but what if Bill was informed at the time he was given the topic for his speech, that the Obama Camp had something embarrassing and incriminating on him, and let’s just say it would be in his best interest to really sell his support for Barack. Oh yea, and make sure your wife toes the line too. I’m not saying that’s what happened, but it goes a long way in explaining President Clinton’s remark that Obama has the political instincts of a Chicago thug.

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