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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.

  • Ah ha, never mind the last comment. I realize that I have fifty million tabs up and I just neglected to post this comment earlier. It's all written up nice and succinct, though:

    McCain's position is crystal clear: given the chance, he will overturn R v. W.



    They said this crap about Bush in 2000 and 2004. The Supreme Court ALREADY has the votes to overturn it. The PUMAs and even the people who AREN'T going to vote for McCain (not all PUMAs are going to vote for him) are utterly sick of you now-prObama people wielding the Supreme Court threat over us.
  • Why does she have to "stop this"? Okay, so you don't agree. Why does the poster have to stop saying what s/he thinks because you don't agree?

    I think remarks like being "utterly sick of you" might have something to do with the poster's concern that civil discussion isn't possible here.
  • Sorry, but just the fact that you thought I was so "prObama" and so closed to honest discussion/debate that I would delete a comment bothers me, is that really how I came across in this post?

    I still disagree with you though, I hope that's okay. I don't feel that they have the votes to overturn it just yet; Kennedy sides with the liberals too much. He's still a conservative, even if he isn't all that good at it, and he will not chose openly pro-choice Justices. We can hope that McCain will chose moderates for the Supreme Court if he has to -- people like Blackmun or Kennedy -- but even if McCain has proven himself to be moderate in the past, we've seen his pandering in the primary season. I personally don't want to try my luck at that game. Disregarding the R v. W case entirely, I don't want an even larger conservative majority in the Supreme Court, moderate as some of them may be.

    And I'm aware many PUMAs are not voting McCain and are choosing to vote for a third party candidate: my choice would be McKinney if I didn't feel it would be a throwaway vote.
    • McKinney has given a lot of evidence of being anti-semitic, and she's been directly involved with things that even put Obama to shame. I know people who are avoiding her on those grounds.

      I am also curious if you read my comment up above. If you are looking to understand the viewpoint of others, as you have said here and there, it might not hurt to read over it and make an effort to empathize.
  • (Anonymous)
    Yah see, you are wrong on that.

    Kennedy is the 5th vote to keep Roe. He voted with the majority in Casey and hasn't done anything to repudiate that.
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