The day the music died


A year ago today, Hope was lost.

A year later, Hillary wins

A year ago today, the final set of primaries made official the foregone conclusion that Barack Obama had won the primary, and Hillary Clinton lost it.

……[Today], on the central health care policy debate of the Democratic Primary — which was, to be fair, conducted within a fairly narrow frame — Obama appears to have conceded today to a Senate plan likely to more closely resemble Clinton’s.

In a dense, careful letter to Ted Kennedy and Max Baucus, Obama offered his principles for a health care plan and conceded on a central point: He is now open to an individual mandate, which he campaigned against, and which is now being talked about by Senators of both parties with the buzzword “shared responsibility.”

As ambivalent as I am about Government-supported healthcare, this is probably the only logical way forward for the US.

Hillary’s won in many, many other ways too, of course: the first one being that most recent polls show Clinton with a whopping job approval rating of 71% as Secretary of State, while the new President topped out at 65%. (link)

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