Two old dogs are getting ready to cast their votes

To the editor:

I went into Louie’s the other day and there was my Democrat friend; I hadn’t seen him in a couple of months. “Where’ve you been?” I asked.

“Surviving the winter,” he laughed.

“Well, how’s your boy Obama working out for you?”

He didn’t bite. “Let’s talk about the future,” he said. “In another two years, we’ll have Hillary, and things will be a lot better.”

“How is that going to happen,” I asked.

“C’mon, she’ll be the first woman president. That’s a step forward. That should be exciting, making women feel good and all.”

“Well, fine. When she takes the oath of office, she will become the first woman president. That will take about 10 seconds. What happens after that?”

“Hey, she’ll get a lot done. She knows her way around. She was Secretary of State, after all.”

“I know she was Secretary of State, but what did she do?”

“Well, she flew all around the world, meeting all those foreign leaders and everybody.”


“Well, you know, these diplomats have to stay in touch.”

“Yeah, and how’s her ‘reset’ with Russia working out?”

He didn’t answer, he just took a sip of his drink. I put down my glass.

“You guys,” I said, “are running Hillary purely on this first-woman-president thing, as though it’s something she’s owed. What has she done? Tell me something she’s done. And how about people who are first at anything: Did you ever hear of them doing anything after that? Did you ever hear of Neil Armstrong after he landed on the moon? Did you ever hear of Edmund Hillary after he climbed Mount Everest? Did you ever hear of Roald Amundsen after he beat Scott to the South Pole?

“You probably think that Hillary will get a lot of women votes because they think she’ll do something for them. How about those black people that thought Obama would do something for them, like that black woman on TV who said that Obama would take care of her mortgage? How’s that working out?

“Being first at anything doesn’t do much for anyone except the person who’s first. Women may feel good for a while, until they discover that nothing much is going to change for them. But Hillary’s being first doesn’t promise anything for the country. Think of all those people in California who were happy when Nixon became their first president – and all of those Georgians happy about Carter.”

Neither of us said anything for a few minutes. Then my friend said, “Well, I’m voting for her anyway.”

“I know you will. You’re an old dog, and you know what they say about them.”

He looked at me and said, “I’m not the only old dog here.”

“Freely admitted,” I answered, and then we ordered another round of drinks.

John Brittain