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Hillary Clinton 2008

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Hillary Clinton 2008

Hillary Clinton

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I'm aware that I might get nailed for this post, but I'm taking a chance anyway, because I honestly want to know. This community was once a safe-haven for me, a place where I could voice my opinion without worrying about having to defend everything I wrote, down to the last period. I miss that.

But onto the actual point of this post. It's disheartening to see so many Hillary supporters here jumping on the McCain wagon so quickly. If you're someone who casts their votes in Presidential elections based on personality, I see his appeal over someone who the primary season has taught us to despise. But if you are policy voter, as many of you seem to be, the obvious choice is not McCain, but Obama.

Personally, I dislike Obama. I dislike his cockiness, his elitism, his need to be a long-lost Kennedy. But his policies are the most similar to Hillary's, and while I still feel hers are superior, she's sadly no longer a viable option.

Since Bush Jr. entered office, I've been holding my breath hoping that Breyer, Stevens, and Souter don't retire (or die, but I'd prefer not to be morbid) from the Supreme Court until a Democrat reaches office. I'm less worried about Ginsberg, because she has, God bless her, gone on record saying she's not leaving until the Chief Executive is a Democrat. Stevens is 88 though, and the swing vote, Kennedy, is 71. Obama's stance on abortion isn't so vague that we have no idea how he would handle choosing replacements for the Court. However, McCain's position is crystal clear: given the chance, he will overturn R v. W. As a feminist, but more so as someone who loves the freedoms she's been given, it bothers me that so many of you are perfectly willing to allow this mixture of church and state. The same goes for same-sex marriage. No, Obama's policies aren't perfect, but they're a lot easier to swallow than McCain's.

I'm not asking you to hop on the unity wagon and be happy about it. I'm not even sold on the idea of her becoming his VP. I just love my country, and the last thing it needs right now is another Republican.

For the record, no, I am not a straight-ticket Dem.
  • I wanted Clinton because she was tough on foreign policy and her domestic issues were aligned with my opinions.

    I can't trust Obama on foreign issues at all. I think his intentions are good, but after his comments re: sitting down with Iran without preconditions and his invading Pakistan comments, I'm pretty sure he's going to be a disaster in foreign policy, unintentionally, yeah, but I think he's going to seriously f**k things up in a way I really don't think McCain will (I did think Bush was going to because he was as rhetorically mushy as I find Obama).

    OTOH, as you point out, I'm no fan of Republican domestic policies.

    There's more at stake here, for some people like me, than short-term defense of abortion rights, including the struggle for the heart of the Democratic party, and the way in which misogyny and sexism is allowed to motivate the choice we've been given. Which is worse, the possibility that a ruling will be overturned which will probably turn abortion rights back to state decisions? or the actual misogyny and sexism in action which was such a part of the process of this nomination? Which one should I protest, and work against?

    Frankly, I'm rather stuck. I hate that it's a choice between bad and worse everywhere I turn, and quite frankly, I'm not really sure which candidate gets the "worse" position.
    • That's the original reason as to why I supported Clinton as well.

      The President doesn't have the final, absolute say in everything. I'm sure that Obama's advisors, not to mention the Legislative branch, would force some sort of foreign policy preconditions on Obama. If not, well then no, that's not something I'd like to see.

      Honestly, I can sympathize with everything you stated in your comment. For me though, I feel like as much as I'd like to tackle everything negative at once, that's simply not possible, and some things need to take priority.
      • some things need to take priority.

        Exactly. And I think that answers the original question - there are different priorities among Clinton supporters who would vote for McCain than those who would vote for Obama.
        • That's what I originally thought, I only asked because the priorities seemed to be the same, just skewed? I know that word has negative connotations, I just can't think of a better word.
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