Friday, January 18, 2008

My tone toward Sen. Clinton

A friend on this email list who supports Sen. Clinton asked me to tone down my negativity on her because if she wins the nomination, it might make it difficult to throw my support to her, as all of my old writings are posted in perpetuity on my blog (
Here was my reply:
I'll keep this in mind, but let's be clear: I REALLY want Obama to beat her.  I think he'd be a better President, and equally importantly, to your point about caring most about getting a Dem elected, I think she has such high negatives that she could easily lose to a Rep, whereas Obama is MUCH less likely to do so.  He's proven -- even in his NH loss -- that he can draw huge support from independent and Rep-leaning voters, who are the ones who decide the general election.  Clinton, in contrast, has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that she can NOT draw such voters.
I hope I'm wrong but I'd rather not find out.
As for some of the negative stuff, you'll find that most of it is when I'm quoting comments shared by friends -- I'm not writing it.  You could, of course, argue that I shouldn't send it out, but I think it's important for people to know how much negativity there is about her (but not about him).
As for my views, it was only Saturday that I sent out the following (
Another friend asked my why I "dislike Hillary so much." I don't at all. As I've said many times before, I think she's been an excellent Senator and would be a very good President, so if she wins the Democratic nomination, it will be a no-brainer for me to support her vs. any of the Republicans -- just not nearly as enthusiastically as if Sen. Obama's the nominee. The only wild card would be if Bloomberg runs -- I think I'd support him over her, unless I thought he had no chance to win.
To the point about drawing independent and even normally Rep. voters, I can't tell you how many emails I've gotten like this one from yesterday: "While I’m a registered Republican, I would consider crossing the aisle to vote for Obama."  I have never once heard this sentiment about Clinton.


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