This morning I subjected myself to the full inanity of “Morning Joe.” I haven’t watched the show often, really only a few times during the height of campaign season as I flipped around the channels. But this morning when I sat down with my coffee and cheerios to watch the news, the local stations quickly got on my nerves.
You see, there was a report of snow flurries somewhere overnight. If you’ve ever lived in a Mid-Atlantic state, you know what that means: Get a reporter out there right now!! Live reports from the side of the Salt Dome! Talk to some people on the street — see if anyone actually saw snow! What? They did? Awesome! Get them on teevee!
It gets a little tiresome.
So I surfed on up to the neighborhood of CNN and MSNBC, and landed on “Morning Joe” just as Joe Scarborough was mid-rant on “the Clinton baggage.” This is one of those awful shows that has cameras on 4 different panelists all trying to get a word in. Someone was trying to make the point that both Hillary and Bill Clinton are the most vetted people in American history, at this point. But Joe would have none of it — “What is Obama thinking? This has been horribly handled! This is a ridiculous choice!”
I have heard it elsewhere, too, and it sickens me. Instead of this cynical, negative argument, why won’t people consider the possibility that Barack Obama is serious about re-building America’s standing in the world, and wants to use the person with the most international cache at this point? It’s not a knock on anyone else — sure Bill Richardson would be good. But is he internationally loved the way Bill and Hillary Clinton are? He’s certainly not as well known abroad as she is. Even if you are no fan of Hillary Clinton, you have to acknowledge this advantage on the world stage.
I don’t know if she’ll take it. But once again, she’s the best candidate for the job, and some people just can’t stand it.