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Open Thread: 2012

John Smart thinks the world would be just and sane if Hillary were President. Sanity is something Obama appears to lack, and it shows. He refuses to say he will veto an extension of the Bush tax cuts.

President Obama on Thursday refused to commit himself to vetoing legislation that would temporarily extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, even as he and his administration have steadfastly argued that such an extension would waste hundreds of billions of dollars.

Wonk’s previous post about Hillary’s leadership was spot on. No one knows if she’s going to run in 2012, but no one

OHM nom nom nom!

should be saying that she can’t. As many people have pointed out, Hillary isn’t perfect but there is really no one else available to properly lead in troubled times like this. Instead of being pessimistic and saying she’ll never run, we should be urging her to run as much as possible and urging Obama to not run as much as possible. That’s the patriotic thing to do. Of course, as someone who’s admired the Secretary of State since grade school and who doesn’t even know if she really wants to run at all, I do feel bad because she does deserve to retire, but I doubt anyone would disagree that our problems are bigger than her as a person.  It’s just that she’s always been the best woman for the job.

Furthermore, she’s also the only person who can save the Democratic Party and bring it back to it’s FDR roots. We know enough about her loyalty to Democrats to know that she would do what is necessary to help the party. She has said many times that she has “no plans” to run for President and that “by law” she is out of politics, but our friend Still4Hill likes to point out that she suspended her campaign back in 2008 and never technically ended it. Anyone can dream, right?

This is, of course, is just an opinion and you’re not obliged to agree. Just wanted to get a discussion on this going. Call it an open thread.

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