Our Two Candidates

Unknown I made the mistake of rereading Peggy Noonan’s book, The Case Against Hillary Clinton, written in 2000, when she was about to run for the New York Senate.

Beautifully penned, but unmistakably a first-class Hillary basher, beginning with calling her a carpetbagger for not being a true New Yorker.  Of course, neither was Bobby Kennedy when he ran, someone I deeply revere, so I couldn’t have held that against her.

What it did bring up, naturally, is the up and coming November presidential election right around the corner.

I started to muse about the last one in 2008, our two candidates, John McCain and Barack Obama, worthy opponents not to mention pretty awe-inspiring each in their own right.

First we had this articulate, African American man who blew the doors off the place with his surprise eloquence.  The Great Black Hope, if you will, made you want to genuflect and resurrect Abraham Lincoln.

His rival was Senator John McCain of Arizona, a man whose war record for me, makes him the quintessential American.  I can never read about it without tearing up, how after being tortured and finally allowed to go home, refusing to leave his men.

These were our choices in 2008, and a hard one to make.  I remember entering the voting booth now all personally penned, no more lever to pull, in my little black suit I always wear given the privilege to vote…pausing, unsure even in the 11th hour, who would be the best to lead.

No one knew then Obama would flatline, and of course when Mr. McCain picked Miss Alaska as a running mate, it dropped his sanity a quart, but still…inspiration on both sides stared at you from the podium, alas, something, in my opinion, we don’t have today.

I feel okay saying, though a registered Democrat, I voted for McCain, because even with that loon at his side who at his advanced age, could have very easily been president, he made me feel safer, something I certainly don’t feel now.

Will Trump and Hillary surprise us, but in a more positive way than Obama did?  Will he become a Jefferson with better hair and she, suddenly ethically honest and trustworthy?

Who’s to say?

What I do know, come November it will still be a privilege to go make a choice regardless how hard or empty it may be.

And as always….



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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32 Responses to Our Two Candidates

  1. micklively says:

    Who’s to say? The people.
    The big problem (one of many) is that most folk don’t get involved until it’s too late. And so there is only Clinton and Trump to choose from.

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  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, it really annoys me when I hear otherwise intelligent people announce that they aren’t going to vote this year. I don’t get into a debate or argument, no use; I just quietly mutter, “Then you won’t have a right to complain if you don’t like the outcome.’

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    • The outcome unfortunately will be ominous regardless who gets in. But we need to vote for all those who can’t, along with our noble predecessors who fought to get us the right. That’s as simple as I can put it. 🙂


  3. I remember many elections when people were presented with choices they didn’t like. The saying “voting for the lesser of two evils” is not new. We will survive. History will be kinder to Obama who was saddled with a stalemate in Congress. Aside from my great fear of Trump pushing buttons that will annihilate the world, Congress will moderate any good or evil a president can do. I am not negative on Hilary. Trump has made Hilary bashing a sport. If something is repeated often enough, it is believed. And yes, God bless America!

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  4. Rubenstein, Hal says:

    Wow you voted for John, very impressive ! This year is going to be just brutal, 2 nut jobs !
    Nice piece, are you wrapped in your American flag dress ? LOL


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    • I am, and did you know Polo made one? Order now and you get matching socks.

      I’m a HUGE McCain fan. Caroline Kennedy compiled all the recipients of the Profiles In Courage Award and his is so moving. If you can, Google it.


  5. Well said! Well written! Haven’t had time to stop and actually read and to be honest, a little hesitant knowing how vicious and lethal facebook posts have been concerning this election season. My nephew worked on McCain’s run for office. He tells the story that he was given the assignment to hold a garment bag while McCain’s brother spoke. He did so, and handed the bag over to the brother at the right time. When the bag was opened, it was McCain’s flight jacket he had forgotten to put on before his fateful flight where he was captured. Heard lots of wonderful stories and I, too, voted McCain. I will be glad once it is February 2017… the election will be over, the fraud charges will all be settled and the inauguration will be done. Love your writing and hoping to get somewhat back to a calmer schedule once Oct. hits and hubby is in physical therapy and walking again. ❤

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  6. Ross de Marco says:

    Loved Trumps statement that ISIiS will give Hillary the MVP award ! At least we know whose side he’s on . She’s worse than Benedict Arnold . Obamas “stalemate congress ” had nothing to do with his Iran Nuke deal . Now he is in court seeking to give non citizens the right to vote . Our justice dept . under the reign of wonderful Loretta Lynch is backing him . For me the Democratic Party has gone so far to the left they have completely gone off the road of sound reason


    • I can’t speak of ISIS in jest.


    • I have to give one thing to the Donald. His marketing is genius! There is no doubt in my mind that he knows his audience and feeds them what they want to hear to benefit himself. It doesn’t matter if it’s factual or holds an ounce of truth, if it comes out of his mouth it is believed by too many. “I love the poorly educated” — Donald Trump
      I’m not too far to the left, I just don’t like people who are mean spirited liars.

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      • He’s quite a case. No question. It’s more about him than the people. His hubris, so unleashed, could send us to kingdom come. I wish I could just hum, que sera sera, but I just can’t. sigh


  7. I also was a McCain fan, but once the crazy sidekick entered the picture I just couldn’t do it. His record remains impeccable. Peggy’s piece the there day about loony tune was very good.
    I’m at the point of “it is what it is” and I just want it to be over.

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  8. Elle Knowles says:

    I see this election coming to ‘why you shouldn’t vote for her’ and ‘why you shouldn’t vote for him’ instead of ‘this is what I can do for the American people and this is why you should vote for me’. Or something like that.. ~Elle

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  9. Ditto. And, at least we have a say. ‘o)

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  10. This is a hard election, but I feel much more confident with her in power than with Trump. I guess we’ll see.

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