a woman’s work…

so clinton finally dropped out and endorsed obama. good. now the real campaign can begin. on wednesday, after it was clear she was going to drop out, one of my students was pretty bummed out by clinton leaving the race. she was a passionate clinton supporter, and was a bit confused why i didn’t support her. i remember talking about it in february before the primary here. she wanted to know who i planned on voting for, and i told her it would probably be obama since edwards dropped out.

“why not hillary?”
“i don’t really like her.”
“why not? you’re a woman.”
“yeah, but i don’t trust her.”

and it’s true- i still don’t really trust her. one thing that really boils my blood is when people assume we should support somebody for their gender alone. it’s pretty amazing that a woman made it this far in the primary, just as amazing as a black man becoming a presidential candidate. but should somebody be elected purely on their gender or the colour of their skin? no. ideally, it would be on shared values and principals. now, clinton wasn’t a devil or anything like that, but she seemed hell bent on being elected and seemed to lose connection with the people. she doesn’t haven the charm or charisma of her husband, but who does, but the way they ran their campaign was sort of the nail in the coffin for me. was i swept up with obamania? maybe, but he definitely seems more in line with my philosophies. the whole gas tax thing sort of sealed the deal for me- clinton’s, and mccain’s, proposal is totally irresponsible and will only worsen the situation. of course obama’s answer wasn’t comforting, but it’s the truth. i’d rather suffer in the short term and work towards a better future than bury our heads in the sand and hope everything is ok.

all right. i need a brownie.

2 comments

  1. anonymous

    True, Hillary wasn’t the devil; in fact, I think the country could do a hell of a lot worse than having her in the White House.

    But she was guilty of far more than loosing a connection with the electorate, lacking charisma, etc. People just started seeing through her. She should be embarrassed of the extent to which she pandered in this contest. Everything from the tears in NH (and subsequent places) to the 11th Hour Gas Tax Pander. Also, at any given opportunity, she’d play it any way she could with the identity politics.

    All this, to say nothing of all the rubbish her husband injected into the campaign. He may not be a racist, but he’s clearly willing to stoop to race-baiting, etc.

    I liked her in the beginning, mostly because she’s a hawk re: Iran, etc. But the behavior of her campaign (Penn, Wolfson, et al.) corroborated most everything I read in Hitchens’ book that came out in the late 90’s.

  2. Neil

    The whole thing takes way too long. I’m bored of it and we don’t even have that much coverage.

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