copyright © 2010 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org
Drama fills the airwaves. The tragic comedy comes to life, or is theatre of the absurd. The curtain rises. The cast murmurs. They say, it was first heard, or read in May 1897. At the time, Mark Twain and his demise were the topic. Today, The New York Times splashed the story on the front page of the paper. Bill Clinton Tried to Get Meek to Drop Out. The former President and friend of the Meek family, “last week tried to convince Kendrick Meek, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Florida, to drop out of the race.”
Tonight, on Countdown, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann’s Show, Charlie Crist affirmed the reports. The Florida Governor said he has close connections with a man who knew of the conversation, first-hand. Even before this claim, the story spread like wildfire.
Yet, as Mark Twain had stated more than a century before, Kendrick Meek reiterated. As far as I can see, nothing remains to be reported, except that I have become a foreigner. When you hear it, don’t you believe it. And don’t take the trouble to deny it. Merely just raise the American flag on our house in Hartford and let it talk.” The soon-to-be authentically Democratic Senator stood before a throng of supporters and said.
(CNN) – At a press conference Thursday night Democratic Senate nominee Rep. Kendrick Meek called press reports that he was asked to drop out of the race “inaccurate at best.”
“Any rumor or any statement that I decided to get out of his race is inaccurate at best,” Meek said.
Meek said neither former President Clinton nor the Democratic National Committee called him to say he should get out of the race.
He also addressed Governor Crist’s comments earlier in the night that Meek was asked to step aside.
“He’s trying to push Democratic votes in his direction,” Meek said. “He wants to climb on my back to get those votes.”
Meek ended the conference saying, “If there was a conversation between Bill Clinton and I, we’re the only two people that can say how that conversation went.”
As he spoke these words, people were left to ponder. Why might the rumor have been raised? What is the reason for such unfounded gossip? Might Governor Crist only wish to feed a flame and fuel his campaign? Until moments ago, we could have only guessed what occurred. Many in the audience may not have expected what occurred. The drama unfolded.
What was the motivation? Asked and answered, by Bill Clinton himself. Who was the person actually behind the gossip? Again, asked and answered by the Meek family friend, President Clinton.
What the public saw earlier was Julius Caesar or his alter ego. Then, the knife pierced his flesh. With his last breath, or first, during his resurrection, Kendrick Meek might be heard to whimper, Et tu, Brute.
Tuned into the television, Congressman Meek and his backers might have finally relieved themselves of the bond that has for too long been a blameless barrier to greater success.
President, Bill Clinton himself took the stage. He humbly or smugly, dependent on your perspective, said he talked to Representative Kendrick Meek about ending his bid for Senate twice. Once again, in his vapid vigor to further the Party, President Clinton divides it. He conquers all that he argues is good for America. Just as his habit has been, Bill Clinton asserts that he feels our pain, and then, serves himself.
For me, these realities have never faded from view. Reform cannot be achieved when a Party or persons within a politically motivated campaign place their win above what benefits all the people. Personally I know, that the truth and all the tales told prior to the revelations do not change my vote. I would honor my beliefs regardless of what others might say. I stand with the one Senate aspirant who has consistently worked for the people, who is one of the people, and who believes as I do, in the democratic principle.
When we place politics before democratic principles, the right to run for office, vote on policy, and those who work for the people, then we commit to our own certain death. This performance may have come to a close, or perchance, this is but the opening act. The question remains. If we do not learn from history, are we not destined to repeat it?
References for a Divided Reality . . .
- Meek speaks: reports are ‘inaccurate at best’ Cable News Network. October 28, 2010
- Bill Clinton Tried to Get Meek to Drop Out. By Michael D. Shear. The New York Times. October 28, 2010
- Clinton Impeachment. Trial. Public Broadcasting Service.
- Et tu, Brute. Phrase Dictionary.
- Former President Bill Clinton says he talked to Rep. Kendrick Meek about ending his bid for Senate twice. Cable News Network. October 28, 2010