2008 Clinton v. Obama ‘08
posted by January 17 at 9:34 AMon
Both Annie and Erica make great arguments.
And even though I believe Obama would ultimately be the better nominee for the Democratic Party (for the reasons I wrote here on Slog), I’m personally a Hillary Clinton fan. So, I want to address two things about Annie’s post.
1. While Obma’s education plan is more thoughtful than Clinton’s, it’s only a plan. Plans are nice, but I think Obama’s candidacy rests too much on proposals and plans. Not only does Clinton plan to attract and recruit teachers to low-income, high-need areas, but she’s already done it—in the real world—legislatively. She got millions in federal dollars to recruit teachers to ailing schools in New York, and she created a program to do the same nationwide. This is the type of thing that Clinton fans mean when they talk about experience.
2. The environment. On the campaign trail Clinton specifically talks about investing money in green jobs. Guess what? She’s already done the heavy lifting by writing and moving legislation that does just that, the Strategic Energy Fund which invests $50 billion in green jobs.
Where’s the money come from? Taxing excessive oil company profits that have resulted from the oil company giveaway that Obama voted for and Clinton voted against in 2005. (No wonder, environmental super star Rep. Jay Inslee—who stumped and voted against the oil company giveaway in the House—has endorsed Clinton.)
Admittedly, she hasn’t been a legislative leader on the environment, but she votes the right way on the environment: check her record.
And that’s good enough when she’s been busy picking her own to-do battles in the U.S. Senate. Women’s rights has clearly been her emphasis—and she’s gotten results during this socially conservative era. Erica already documented many of the results in her post, but Erica forgot to mention the paycheck fairness act and guaranteeing affordable birth control for college women. For a look at what Clinton’s done in the U.S. Senate, check out her record here.)
Erica, did note Clinton’s successful fight to make Plan B available, but that one is worth mentioning again. Think about that. Clinton made that happen (alongside our own Sen. Patty Murray) during the Bush Dark Ages.
Again, these are things Clinton’s spent time on and fought for in the halls of power, not things she promises in white papers or in campaign speech rhetoric.