Damn the Voters!

Wed, February 6, 2008

Moms & Politics

I was hoping that I’d get a little help with the Super Tuesday outcome in arriving at a final decision about who is going to get my vote in the Democratic primary I vote in next week.

I’m not the only MOMocrat who’s having a teensy problem trying to let go of my support for former candidate John Edwards and deciding whether Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama will get my vote.

I didn’t expect last night to be a blow-out, but I was keeping my fingers crossed that there would be a sign, an inkling of which of the two Dem candidates were pulling ahead to give a little push to the ambivalence I feel now — at this point, my decision is going to be based more on electability than position papers.

Not a good thing to hear from PunditMom, I know, but there you have it — the pragmatist in me winning over the optimistic idealogue.

But this morning there is no hint of which way this will break in the end. Nothing unpredictable happened with the Democrats and here I am left to make up my own mind! Damn the Super Tuesday voters!

For me, what it boils down to at this point is this — I want to see a Democrat in the White House next year. Either Hillary or Barack would be fine with me. I just want to find a way to check off the box on my ballot next week to send my vote to the one who will have a better chance of getting the GOP to pack their things and clear out of the Oval Office.

As Glennia said so well in her post on her vote:

I like to think that the President we choose will be the face of what we want to present to the world. Will it be one of steely resolve and resilience, backed by compassion and a lifetime of uphill battles? If so, we will choose Hillary. Will it be the face of hope and optimism, of the blending of cultures to create something greater than the parts? If so, then it is Barack’s face I see. I’d like to think that as a nation, we are all of those things and more. Choosing the President is only the beginning. Choosing to live for the causes of freedom, democracy, and social justice are the real challenge.

I am worried that optimism won’t be enough to take on the Republican machine. And I am worried that the GOP is lying in wait with ammunition they’ve specially crafted for that steely resolve and resilience.

I guess there’s nothing left to do now except stop stewing and make up my mind.

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7 Responses to “Damn the Voters!”

  1. Kelly Says:

    “I am worried that the GOP is lying in wait with ammunition they’ve specially crafted for that steely resolve and resilience” You’re definitely right to worry with the games they’ve been playing against Romney. I can’t imagine what they have in store for us during the big election.

  2. Karen Says:

    maybe I am paranoid, but a McCain/Huckabee ticket was giving me the actual spooks last night. I didn’t sleep well.

  3. Julie Pippert Says:

    Apparently the state of California agrees with you about Edwards. :)

    I agree with your suspicion and concerns about the GOP.

    I became suspicious when Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh threw their support behind HILLARY (aka “the bigger Republican that McCain). Never mind my opinion about the veracity of that point at times, I was sniffing the air, trying to smell which rotten state was afoot.

    I did not sleep well last night, either, like Karen.

    You wrote exactly how I think and feel about this right now.

    Great post.

  4. Alyson & Ford Says:

    IMHO: Clinton VS McCain is a closer election than Obama VS McCain. Ignoring the Clinton baggage is not going to make it go away and voters by and large are growing very weary of Washington deadlock. Clinton is divisive. Not an attack. Just the way it is.

    McCain and Obama are attracting the Independent voters while Clinton is lagging. More republican leaning Independents will vote for Obama than they will for Clinton. Given the choice of Clinton VS McCain, these same Independents could easily tilt towards McCain.

    I’m warming to Obama, I will admit. However, I will vote for the Democratic candidate, be it Clinton or Obama in the GE…

  5. Sornie Says:

    Obama is the one who can beat McCain but whomever the Dems nominate will pick their opponent (i feel) as their running mate and make for the most diverse ticket ever and really unite and change this country. If one does not choose the other, I am thinking it will be John Edwards for VP.

  6. Jennifer James Says:

    This is why I have said all along that John Edwards really needs to endorse one way or the other. There are so many people who were fervently behind him and then when he dropped the ball, he put the ultimate decision up to his supporters. That’s very hard to do.

  7. Lawyer Mama Says:

    “Republican machine” is a good way to put it. I’ve finally decided on Obama. It was hard to let Edwards go and I had to do that first!

    I’m convinced that Obama will do better against McCain.

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