belfebe (belfebe) wrote,

The path seems clearer now

I have to say, up until yesterday I had not made up my mind yet on how I was going to vote come November.

If you are wondering what kind of person would have been supporting Hillary Clinton and sending her donations till the very end, you're looking at one. Also, I would be lying if I said that I was not dissapointed when she didn't get the nomination. It did not come as a surprise, but it was dissapointing all the same.

Having said that, one cannot deny what the old girl accomplished. The glass ceiling for women was not broken, but it now features 18 million cracks. One for each person who voted for her. I am proud to know that one of those cracks has my name on it.

There are several misconceptions about Hillary fans:

a) That Hillary voters will automatically vote for John McCain out of spite. Perhaps this will be true for some people, but voting out of spite is like cutting your nose off to spite your face;
b) That Hillary voters will remain home or do a write in for Hillary come November out of spite. This is entirely possible, but again, most of us are commited to the election process and I don't think that there will be a majority of people doing that; and
c) That Hillary voters will automatically back Obama out of loyalty to the party (or because Hillary asked nicely). Again, some people may do that, but this may not be entirely true either.

I cannot respond for other Hillary people, but I can speak for myself: I picked Hillary because I was convinced (and I still am), that she was the best candidate for President of this country. The woman has the common sense, the experience, the intelligence and the chutzpah that I would like on a President. The fact that she's a woman is the icing on the cake. However, since there can be only one, somebody has to get the nomination and someone has to lose it. Alas, Hillary's nomination was not in the cards at this time, although her race for the Presidency did bring to light the ugly issue of mysoginism in general.

No, I don't think that she lost the race due to mysoginism. She lost the race because we have a flawed system for picking Democratic candidates; she had an opponent that ran a brilliant campaign; and said opponent has "star power" which you are born with and no money in the world can buy. She ran a brilliant campaign herself, and in the end, she ended up with nearly a draw. It was like a horse race with two steeds of the best breed ending in a photo finish. Obama won by a nose, but he won all the same.

Having said that, this whole process also taught us that although racism is not socially acceptable, mysoginism is. Hopefully, by acknowledging this, we will be better prepared to fight it. We cannot fight monsters unless we acknowledge their existence.

On the other hand, I feel that Hillary at this point went from being the Energizer Bunny to Obi Wan Kenobi. Remember? "If you strike me down, I will become more powerful that you could ever imagine." This whole thing has brought her a lot of power in a different manner, and she has become an iconic figure in this culture with star power of her own and the power that comes with it.

And that's nothing to sneeze at.

But going back to the dilemma of November. After Hillary announced that she had suspended her campaign, and that she was endorsing Obama, I was left with a choice candidates (Obama and McCain) that I didn't like. (And I don't like the Libertarian either.) At that point, I decided that whoever was to get my vote, would have to earn it.

Nevertheless, yesterday, after reading about the reactions of the two candidates regarding the ruling of the Supreme Court in the case of Guantanamo, and after paying a visit to John McCain's website and giving careful consideration to his message, my decision has been made: My vote will go to Barack Obama this November.

No, I don't buy into the whole silly Obama messianic vibe. (For one thing, messiahs have the bad habit of finding themselves nailed to trees.) But by the same token I cannot vote for a candidate (McCain) who thinks that the ruling in the Guantanamo case was a mistake, that wants to appoint more extremely conservative judges to the Supreme Court, that wants to overturn Roe v. Wade, and whose message sounds extreme right and not bipartisan or moderate in the least. Perhaps it is that he's trying to make nice with his evangelical base who tolerates him more than cheers for him. The point is, I cannot risk giving him my vote in the hopes that he will not cater to the extreme right and that in the end he will do the right thing and reach for the center.

So yeah, it will be Obama in November, and let's see what the future brings.

Belfebe out.
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