Thursday, February 07, 2008

Primarily a toss-up: heads or hearts?

Nina put it very well at Voted off the Island. To steal her phrase, should I vote with my head or my heart? The field is narrower, but no easier, now that Edwards has dropped out. I'm still undecided between Obama and Clinton.
I've been excited by Barack Obama since I heard (well, read) his speech at the last Democratic convention. He really took Illinois by storm. He's making contacts and learning the ropes in the Senate. He has the potential to be a coalition builder and work across the aisle with his Republican colleagues, a skill that will be handy in passing legislation that supports his agenda. He reminds me a little of Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, and I've admired and supported Russ for a long time.
Hillary Clinton caught my attention in 1992 when her husband first ran for president. I supported him and I thought highly of Hillary. I read her autobiography when it came out and was again favorably impressed. This is one intelligent woman. She could beat the heck out of me at Trivial Pursuit, and as I rarely lose, that's saying something!
Barack Obama understands regular, common, ordinary people. He wasn't born into riches, and he was born into a challenge: dealing with race. He has a lot of courage and strength and is handling his freshman term in the Senate well.
Hillary Clinton was a staunch conservative in her childhood and went on to lead her college chapter of the Republican Party, resigning from that office to become a registered Democrat when she felt the other party was no longer aligned with her ideals. She has dealt with many prejudices because of her gender. Make no mistake about it, she has faced a lot of adversity that comes with being a strong, intelligent, articulate woman.
I still don't know exactly which way to vote come February 19. I'm sure the candidates' ads will run here, but that's not the best source of information. I respect both front-runners' intelligence and integrity, their knowledge and their grit.
I think I'll do a little more research. This is going to be a very difficult and important decision.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Ambitious Blonde said...

I'm right there with you on the "But they BOTH rock!" couch.

Fortunately, we have a bit of time left to decide and I just made cake. :)

2/07/2008 9:41 PM  
Blogger Domestic Sensualist said...

So in the end I voted for Obama. I felt good about it, but not "clean," like somehow I had abandoned Hillary.
This election is such a ride!

2/08/2008 8:12 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

My thoughts exactly. I'm hoping I can get to see both of them live in Wisconsin to help me make the final choice.

2/08/2008 8:17 AM  
Blogger Jen M. said...

There is a great book out there called the Case for Hilary Clinton...but of course I'm biased.

2/08/2008 10:32 AM  

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