21st August 2007

Hillary & Barack – would you vote for it?

I was really hoping that the whispers wouldn’t get so loud, so soon. Almost immediately following the first few days after both Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama both declared their candidacies, they started. “Wouldn’t it be incredible if Hillary picked Barak to be her VP?” and “A woman and a black man on the same ticket – unthinkable just a decade ago, but now?”….

But the voices got louder and it hit the mainstream – there it was in Newsweek (For Hillary: A Proposal by Anna Quindlen – Jul 22, ’07).

It’s not that I don’t think very highly of both or either – I do. I believe that Hillary has more experience and is more qualified, but I like Barak and what he has to say. In the 2012 election (or the one after) I think he’d have enough experience to be a very viable candidate in my eyes, and if he were still saying the same things then as now, I’d vote for him without hesitation.

But together? Now? It concerns me. Because I believe it’s HIGH time we elect a woman – not just any woman, but someone intelligent, experienced, logical, and capable. I really believe Hillary is that woman. And while I have a great deal of respect for Mr. Obama, I’m not sure that the folks who might be ready to elect a woman, are also ready to elect a black man to our nation’s second highest job. I would HOPE so, but I’m not convinced. I still see a great deal of discrimination practiced in many segments of our society, and not enough being done to send the clear message that discrimination will no longer be tolerated.

So I’m concerned that such a pairing might hurt Hillary’s chances. If that is what she chooses, I will still vote for the two of them. Will you? Vote and comment – but PLEASE if you are “Hillary Hater” (or a Barak Hater) this is not the outlet for vitriol – I welcome logic and thoughful opinions but there is no place for hate here – I will delete comments that don’t add anything but hate to this conversation.

Would you vote for a Clinton-Obama Ticket?

  • Yes – go Hillary and Barak! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • No – I’d vote for Hillary but not with Barak as VP (0%, 0 Votes)
  • No – I’d vote for Barak, but not for Hillary (0%, 0 Votes)
  • No – I wouldn’t vote for either Hillary or Barak (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 0


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