How the mighty fall...
Deng Xiaoping would have been remembered as the true deliverer of China, bringing it back from Mao's increasingly psychotic warlord rule (Great Leap Forward, Cultural Revolution, etc) into a semi-market economy in which people could reap the rewards of their work... but then there was the incident at Tiananmen Square and he blew it all -- and will always be remembered for his thuggish response to students wanting the government to deliver on their promise (that they could choose where they would go to work) and eliminate the corruption and payoffs, the most egregious offender being Deng's son.
It's like that old joke about all the achievements, how he built bridges, developed miracle medicines, etc... "but you fuck just ONE sheep..."
Similarly, we had a great deal of affection for Bill Clinton, and despite the ambushes and attacks on him, he did a lot of good. One example -- my job went to Bangalore, India, but I was able to maintain health insurance benefits for 18 months under Cobra.
And then he got really Low Rent Trailer Trash Ugly on Barack Obama, perhaps for as stupid and simple a reason as being overly proud of his own stupid tag as American's First Black President and overly sensitive of losing that place in history. Or ... whatever the reason ... acting like a strutting pompous asshole, resembling nothing so much as cornpone Mussolini, flipping out the same way as Il Duce did to see his time in history passing away to the next wave.
And instead of adding value to his wife's campaign, he devalued himself and her along with him, and even us, when we tried to think of whatever it had been that made us like him so much, making us feel that we had been suckers and schmucks to have bought his act and cheered him when he was the prez.
That feeling of warmth is used up and for all that the pundits talked about how wonderful and sly and effective a political fellow he was being, the fact is that Barack Obama made HIM crazy, saying that it was Ronald Reagan who actually changed the course of American history, not Bill or Nixon or Bush-pere ... calling Clinton on his fabrications and hyperboles, and generally making himself the one who was going to rise above the slime of the gutter.
Whether or not Hillary wins the nomination and/or the presidency, she's already as devalued as Monkey Boy -- she's already to the place where we don't believe anything she says ... and the cold comfort that "well any of them would be better than Bush," is just that, cold comfort. And a lot of that fall from grace can be directly attributed to the way her hubby stepped in to the fray making us all think "This is a feminist? This is a tough lady? Well I thought she was, but now she's got her Old Man fighting her battles for her.
Who woulkd I vote for, I was asked today. Obama or Edwards. He cost Senator Clinton my vote.