Monday, February 04, 2008

Why I am Voting Clinton – And Not Voting Obama

Considering tomorrow I vote, it’s time to make an endorsement. It’s going to Hillary Clinton.

Reason 1 – The (foreign policy) issues
I prefer Hillary Clinton’s positions to those of Barack Obama’s. I disagree with Mike Gravel’s positions so much that I won’t even mention his name in the rest of this article.

Clinton has superior reasoning on nearly every major issue. Her positions on social issues may be slightly different than mine, but the president does not control domestic issues: Congress does.

Instead, the president controls foreign policy and the military. Therefore, those are the most important issues in the presidential contest. Barack Obama doesn’t understand international issues as well as Clinton does. He would rather see the U.S. as a weaker state abroad; Clinton knows that the U.S. must sometimes project its power.

Reason 2 – Hope is not as important as the issues

As Massachusetts legislator Salvatore F. DiMasi put it, "To be perfectly honest, I really don't want my president to be in there in a learning process for the first six months to a year. It's too important."

DiMasi understands what he is saying too well. Both he and I live in Massachusetts, and in 2006 elected black Democrat Deval Patrick to be governor. He ran mostly on the issue of hope, much like Barack Obama. Once in office Patrick quickly came under fire for several personal scandals, and is now facing opposition to his political plans.

Hope and promise of change is not enough of a reason to be elected. You need smart positions on the issues.

Reason 3 – Clinton will get things done
Hillary Clinton has experienced professionals who will get things done and will be able to whether Republican attacks. Obama, on the other hand, will bring in new people. New people are not what we need. We need to build off of the experiences that we’ve had in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the rest of the Middle East. Obama will also not be able to stand up to Republican attacks.

The candidate I’d prefer – Michael Bloomberg

I’d so much prefer Bloomberg over Clinton any day. Why? Two primary reasons. First of all, Bloomberg doesn’t come with as much partisan baggage as Clinton would come with. Second, Bloomberg might as well be me; nearly all of his positions are the exact same as mine. He wants a carbon tax, is relatively liberal but recognizes we can’t abandon Iraq, and more. Draft Bloomberg!


UPDATE
Thanks for the comments everybody. I was more than a little lazy than explaining the issues - tiring week.

Iraq specifically is the issue I think of. There are of course other issues (Obama's weakness on dealing with Iran, for example), but Iraq represents the rest of their foreign policy positions.

Clinton recognizes somewhat that we cannot abandon Iraq to chaos, while Obama would be more likely to cave to the far left and pull out ASAP.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

With that reasoning, you may as well be voting for Cheney. He's experienced (promoted the Iraq war just like Hillary), he hates hope (which doesn't get anybody anywhere apparently), he wants to keep occupying and invading countries in the middle east (just like you and hillary).

Anonymous said...

"Clinton has superior reasoning on nearly every major issue..." Care to elaborate on that. As stated it is not very convincing.

Michael Bauske said...

Nice article douchebag.

Anonymous said...

No wonder you want Hillary. Your just talking with no substance. Elaborate please! Explain your reasoning!

The Presidential Candidates said...

You lost me with your comment about Mike Gravel. Gravel is right about everything. Literally, everything.

Anonymous said...

By your logic, if Deval Patrick had experience rather than a campaign based on hope... then his personal issues wouldn't have mattered?

American Interests said...

If I had to pick between the two it would be Hillary by a long shot. I know this will not be sufficient for anonymous, but she is more seasoned, experienced if you will on the key issues. Moreover, if she were to one-day gain the White House, the Clinton team will at least bring experience along with them. Good luck with your chosen candidate although, unlike on the Republican side, I do not believe that we shall know who the eventual Democratic nominee will be, by tomorrows end.

Simmons said...

Thanks for the comments everybody.

I was more than a little lazy than explaining the issues - tiring week.

Iraq specifically is the issue I think of. There are of course other issues (Obama's weakness on dealing with Iran), but Iraq represents the rest of their foreign policy positions.

Clinton recognizes somewhat that we cannot abandon Iraq to chaos, while Obama would be more likely to cave to the far left and pull out ASAP.

Anonymous said...

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J.B. said...

Yeah, it's really good that Clinton's tough on Iran, what with their WMDs and all.

Anonymous said...

I'm voting consciously and responsibly. Neustadt said, "the presidency is no place for amateurs. I have to look for the candidate with the most experience and achievements. So I have to vote for Hillary. Obama has no credentials for the job of the president. I like him, but just because Oprah says I should vote for him it isn't so. I'm voting for Hillary Clinton.

Lucia