Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Obama Inspires Me To Vote Clinton

Pundits like to say that the Democratic race is split more or less along the following lines: younger, more educated and centrist/independent-leaning voters support Barack Obama, while older, less educated and more die-hard "establishment" Democrats support Hillary Clinton. According to these categories I should be in the Obama camp: I'm young, I'm a grad student, and I'm a centrist. But I'm a Clintonite, not an Obaman.

Many Democrats say they are excited about both candidates. I'm not. I'm excited about Hillary, but not about Barack. If he wins the nomination, I will probably vote for him in November, but only because I don't want another Republican in the White House. I totally fail to understand the enthusiasm surrounding him.

BHO seems to think he is the new JFK, RFK and MLK all in one, minus the assassinations. However, unlike the Kennedys and King, his inspirational rhetoric comes without any action. I find him to be a mostly empty shell. He is vague on most issues. On the issues where he is clearer, like healthcare and withdrawal from Iraq, I much prefer Clinton's proposals.

By the way, as an American growing up in Israel, Bill Clinton has been the closest thing to JFK that I've ever known. Maybe that's why Obama's "I'm the new Kennedy" stance hasn't worked on me.


  1. "BHO seems to think he is the new JFK, RFK and MLK all in one, minus the assassinations. That's classic! But do you dislike the Republicans so much as to vote Obama?

  2. Obama is closer to my views than the Republicans on pretty much all the issues.

    Let's put it this way: if Clinton is the nominee I'll definitely vote for her, and I'll do so happily. If Obama is the nominee, I'll most likely vote for him, but I won't be happy about it. I'd have to take another good look at both Obama and McCain before a final decision, though.

  3. That seems logical though I don't understand why you disagree with the GOP agenda--whether it be McCain, Huckabee or anyone else. As far as I'm concerned, I'd rather have Ron Paul elected than Hillary or Obama.