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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.
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    I'm so conflicted. I don't want to vote for either one of them. I feel like if I vote for Obama, I'm condoning everything that happened throughout this primary, and I certainly don't want to do that. Yet, I fundamentally disagree with McCain on the issues I care most about: women's rights, choice, and health care.

    Having attended the rally in Unity, however, I have moved closer to supporting Obama. I really don't like him, I don't think he'd be a particularly good president, and I absolutely hate some of the people that could end up with cabinet positions (John Kerry, Deval Patrick, John Edwards). But I've trusted Hillary's judgement these past five years, so why should I doubt her now? She's the one that's been burned the most, and if she can put it behind her, why shouldn't I? I know some will say she only did it because she "had" to, but I think that is a really terrible thing to suggest about Hillary. The woman has principles, and I like to think she stands up for them; that's why I wanted her to be my President.

    The situation just sucks. I'm so disappointed that it's become the lesser of two evils. And, I'm even more disappointed in how vicious everyone has gotten. I find it hard to be civil myself, and I'm so sick of watching every fucking word that I type because someone's feelings might get hurt. Life's tough, get a goddamn helmet.

    Hillary, please find a way to be the President so you can save us.
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