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  • Looking forward to 2016 and Obama's departure

  • A few nights ago I saw part of Hillary Clinton’s interview on Fox News.
  • A few nights ago I saw part of Hillary Clinton’s interview on Fox News. It would appear we’re in for a “they’re baaaack!” ride to the 2016 election.
    Actually, my opinion of the Clintons in general and Bill in particular has softened over the years. When he was president, I couldn’t imagine how we could allow a cheater and liar to hold that office for eight years.
    Now cast in the light of the presidential swill flowing out of Washington, William Jefferson looks pretty darn good. In spite of the fact I can’t imagine myself voting for a Democrat for anything, I find comfort that any 2016 election result will be a massive improvement over what we now have.
    I can’t think of anybody who won’t be well-served by Obama’s departure. But notwithstanding, every result will be cause for some celebration; I’m not looking forward to Clinton redux in any gender.
    And to be fair, I harbor similar feelings about Jeb Bush. Over the years, I heard many times that Jeb was the best and brightest bud on that family’s tree, but Bush redux isn’t much more palatable than the Hillary thing.
    Surely there’re viable alternatives from both parties. However, I can’t pretend to know anything about rising-star Democrats as I consider that party in its present incarnation to be an enemy of the country.
    As to Republican offerings, they’re running a risk trying to reconstitute past candidates who somewhat tarnished their luster in the last cycle. I’m a Texan but would prefer Rick Perry to sit this one out.
    I try hard not to like Rand Paul but have not been entirely successful. I like my conservative stance spiced with some Libertarian views but don’t think I can swallow the whole pill. We’ll see in the debates.
    Again, this 2016 contest offers a lot of wiggle-room because whatever happens, America wins since Obama will be gone. I’m still in shock we renewed this guy’s license to kill the country for another four years.
    In retrospect, 2012 reminded me of an abused spouse letting her husband stay in the house because he promised he would be good. It seemed one of those “fool me once, fool me twice” moments. The years are passing and we can only hope there’s enough left to start reassembling Humpty Dumpty in 2017, whoever inherits the task.
    As I said somewhere above, my Clinton opinion has softened by being marinated in this administration’s acidic drivel. I disliked Bill Clinton because of his personal behaviors, especially for what he did in “my” oval office. I would’ve felt better about it had he carried Monica upstairs.
    But I now see I was overly cynical and self-righteous, and the health of the country was much more important than stupid lies about personal behaviors. Back then I couldn’t imagine what was in our political future.
    Page 2 of 2 - Bill Clinton had a “Debbie Does Dallas” administration. In the vernacular of porn, Obama’s offering logically would be “Barry Does America.”
    Come on 2016! Cut, print, that’s a wrap!
    Otis Gardner’s column appears here weekly. He can be reached at ogardner@embarqmail.com.

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