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Vail Valley Voices: Hillary for president

Sal Bommarito
Vail, CO, Colorado

What you are about to read may be one of the most ironic things I have ever written in my life. My friends will certainly be shocked by it.

Candidly, I was vehemently opposed to Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primaries. At the time, I wasn’t really enamored by any of the candidates, but believed the defeat of Clinton (and hopefully the end of the Clinton era) was the most important aspect of the presidential campaign.

I was against Clinton for a plethora of reasons. Most importantly, I didn’t want Bill Clinton to return to power, even indirectly, after all of the scandal and drama of his administration.



I didn’t believe that Hillary was qualified to be our chief executive. She was a senator for two years and her most important experience was that she was the wife of a sitting president (a horribly overrated fact).

And finally, Hillary thought she was entitled to be president by some higher authority (her husband). I couldn’t deal with all of the talk of dynasty.



So, when Obama won the primaries, I was ecstatic. In fact, I said to many of my friends at the time that Hillary’s defeat was the most important event of the presidential campaign.

Well, a lot’s happened since November 2008, and most of it’s bad. Obama isn’t what the American voters bargained for. In fact, his lack of experience and his poor choice of advisors, coupled with an arrogant and fiercely partisan demeanor has been bad for our country.

He managed to pass an ineffectual economic stimulus package, a terrible health care reform bill, and an empty financial law while ignoring the most important issue in America- unemployment. I suppose he was more focused on accomplishments that would enhance his legacy.



Someone recently said to me that Obama’s foreign policies are 80-90% Bush/Cheney. This person is absolutely correct.

Obama has not closed Gitmo after making it one of his most important issues during the campaign. And, he has adopted the Bush/Cheney “secrecy” mentality to “protect national security”.

He “ended” the war in Iraq, but is leaving 50,000 troops in harm’s way for the foreseeable future. He’s increased our exposure in Afghanistan, a senseless operation that will, likely, end horribly.

And, the status of the U.S. globally, after an initial bump, is right back to where it was with Bush.

Back to Hillary. During the past two years, she has gained invaluable on-the-job experience as Secretary of State. In fact, her accomplishments dwarf the rest of the administration. Her latest breakthrough was to bring together the Palestinians and the Israelis.

I’m convinced Clinton is a much better person to be in the White House than Obama. She has distinguished herself away from her husband and has been loyal to the president until now.

It’s mindboggling to think that a cabinet member of an administration would oppose an incumbent president. But, what the heck? It’s the 21st Century.

So, after the Democrats are annihilated in the November congressional elections, Hillary should resign as Secretary of State and oppose Obama in the Democratic primaries.

And, you know what? She will win the primaries and be the next president ofthe United States. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Democratic Party will embrace her after all the damage done by the Obama administration.

I would ask you one question, “Do you really think Obama will win the next presidential election?” If not, and you are a Democrat, get on the Hillary bandwagon.

I’m not the first person to bring up this seemingly far-fetched suggestion. But, you just wait. After November, many people will be clamoring for Hillary.

Sal Bommarito is a novelist and frequent visitor to Vail over the past 20 years.


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