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Hillary Clinton 2008

I'm aware that I might get nailed for this post, but I'm taking a…

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 get that. We decided a long time ago that this wasn't meant to be a debate community, but a supportive one. However, we're in a very different boat now, so maybe it's time to reassess that.

    I don't think that this post is way over the line either. But we MUST be sensitive to the tone of this stuff, because right now we're all a little tender from the fight. So people who are supporting the PUMA movement have to be careful not to cast Obama voters as mindless drones who are falling in line, and Obama voters have to be careful not to cast PUMAs as petulant reactionaries throwing a tantrum at the cost of progressive causes. We just have to be very careful with our exact wordings and tone to avoid raising hackles.
    • We decided a long time ago that this wasn't meant to be a debate community, but a supportive one. However, we're in a very different boat now, so maybe it's time to reassess that.

      I dunno, I think everyone here still supports Hillary! I never agreed with all her decisions for myself, and I don't agree with the Unity decision for myself although I completely support her having made the right decision for her own political future. I have no doubt the climate will allow me to meet her on the other side of this.

      So people who are supporting the PUMA movement have to be careful not to cast Obama voters as mindless drones who are falling in line, and Obama voters have to be careful not to cast PUMAs as petulant reactionaries throwing a tantrum at the cost of progressive causes.

      Thank you.
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