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Hillary Clinton 2008

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Hillary Clinton 2008

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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 fundamentally disagree here. I think the differences between an Obama Presidency and a McCain Presidency would be minimal (Who kisses up to the evangelicals? Both. Who threw choice and queer folk under the bus? Both. Who has a credible plan for immediate troop withdrawal? Neither. Who screwed the pooch on FISA? The list goes on). As such, I think that taking the long view is a good strategy. Better four shitty years followed by eight good ones than four shitty years followed by eight shitty ones.
    • Oh, this reminds me of what many of my friends said back in 2000 when they voted for Nader. They said, "Bush and Gore are the same, so I would rather have 4 shitty years" but that then turned into 8, now perhaps 12, then what?

      I know that nothing will convince you, but at least my Nader friends have learned that these policy differences that you minimize really do matter. As just one example, it is likely that the three most liberal supreme court justices will be retiring in the next 4 years, so we could look forward to women dieing in backroom abortions. Man, does it matter! You may not think it's possible, but I never thought we would actually go and Invade Iraq.
  • Sense! How nice of you to show up!
  • Oh, shit! It just never OCCURRED to me that policies would affect PEOPLE! And CRAP, I TOTALLY FORGOT about Roe versus Wade.
    Because we all know how well the Dems have been protecting it the last several years, right? The fact of the matter is that women in conservative states are already boned, even with Roe upheld. Women in liberal states have little to fear.

    I find it totally inappropriate for you to try to hold my (non-existent) vote hostage by threatening my reproductive rights. pocochina has already thoroughly debunked this one.
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