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Hoppin' the Hillary Bandwagon

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A week ago Sen. Hillary Clinton was Cruella De Ville, the Wicked Witch of the East and Nurse Ratched rolled into one. This weekend she is Mother Theresa. One speech is all it took. The same folks who all but crucified her just days ago are recommending her for sainthood now. My, what a difference a few days makes. I'm sorry, but all the fawning, hypocrisy and phoniness of it all is making me want to puke. Democrats are tripping over themselves to congratulate and praise Hillary for her Saturday rallying cry of support for Obama in his bid to beat Sen. John McCain, the GOP's presumptive nominee, in the presidential election. What is it about Democrats and bandwagons? This one is so full it's about to tip.

To be sure, that the party is coming together as we head towards November is certainly an important turning point, and if Clinton's call for unity helps achieve that then she clearly deserves her props. But honestly, what was her other option? Are we really so surprised at the content and tone of her speech? The Democratic establishment, the media, and Obama supporters spewed so much venom towards this woman that she realized Wednesday morning, after the last primaries closed and Obama claimed the nomination, that she could (a) go down in history as the shrill narcissist whose naked ambition destroyed her reputation, her legacy and perhaps sank Obama's historic campaign, or (b) swallow her pride, tuck in her tail and go public with her endorsement and "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" speech. That she chose the latter after all the intense pressure and criticism is of no surprise. It's exactly what anyone in her position would have had to do. I just wish Democrats would stop all the bullshit about how wonderful Hillary is now. How this was the speech of a lifetime. How she has just secured her place in history as a respected political leader. Just days ago these same attack dogs had bought her a one-way ticket to Siberia and were calling her every name in the book. It's all so shamefully patronizing and condescending. Politics ain't pretty.