I don’t know why, but getting a Wes Clark endorsement really means something, even more than getting a Kerry endorsement, and I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the endorsement from the ’04 loser vs. endorsement from the one who actually never lost.
Maybe it’s rank. John Kerry, also a veteran, rose to the rank of full Lieutenant before his discharge. Clark had 4 stars when he retired.
But I digress. Getting endorsements from either of these men is a major victory.
Now about General Clark.
His endorsements are many and apparently tend toward veterans, or toward someone who is in some way tied to veterans or servicemen. I find this interesting, and very timely. It’s almost like we don’t want anyone in the White House any more who has not been placed in harm’s way at some point in their life. Think of it. Right now we have someone making wartime decisions in the presidency, someone who spent his military career snapping towels at other Texas Air National Guardsmen in the showers. Snapping towels and playing hooky.
But Wes Clark endorsed Rick Noriega, and these words do the telling on why:
“At a time when we are facing increasingly serious foreign policy and national security challenges, while needing to repair this Administration’s assault on the Constitution, Lieutenant Colonel Noriega’s leadership and knowledge will be of paramount importance,” Clark said. “I am excited that Rick Noriega has, once again, answered the call to serve”
In 2006 Clark has endorsed the candidacy of Mary Beth Harrell for Congress (TX-31). Harrell ran on an anti-war platform. Her two sons, Josh and Rob, were both on active duty during her campaign, the oldest deployed in Iraq.
In lieu of having a veteran run for office, the next best thing is electing the mother of someone serving in the Army during wartime.
And lest we forget the endorsement that now State Rep. Juan Garcia got from Wes Clark back in ’06. Garcia was elected by a squeaker, nonetheless putting another veteran, and a pilot himself, out of a job.
And last, but certainly not least, this past September, General Clark endorsed the candidacy of Senator Hillary Clinton.
Is Chelsea in the Army? I checked and . . . .no. Wait. Bill. No, Bill was one of those lucky ones who found their way around the draft during the Vietnam War. Nope. Nope. Nope.
Don’t you just hate that? You think you have someone figured out, a system, a central tendency, and then what?
Don’t get me wrong, I think Hillary Clinton would make a fine Vice President.