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Sunday, February 17, 2008

My voting outcome? Surprising

I just did the complete survey at Votehelp to see which candidate I most closely align with on the issues alone. Surprisingly, my outcome, which was almost equal between Obama and Clinton, had me aligning with Ms Clinton over Mr Obama. Hmmm. I voted for Obama in the primary, and I honestly would rather he carried the democratic nomination rather than Clinton because I believe he has a much better chance of beating McCain than does Clinton. She has just too much of a backstory filled with hatred and anger to carry the election and McCain scares the bejebus out of me. Obviously. Look where he is on this list!

1. Hillary Clinton
91.51% match on issues.
You vs Hillary
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2. Barack Obama
90.26% match on issues.
You vs Barack
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3. Ron Paul
66.41% match on issues.
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4. Mike Huckabee
61.27% match on issues.
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5. John McCain
57.43% match on issues.
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What bothers me a lot is that the Democrats are seemingly so divided on who should take the nomination that there could be a repeat of 1968 Chicago, which is not a good thing. For those of you too young to remember, there was rioting in the streets over which candidate got the nomination. The whole idea of 'superdelegates' was created to avoid such a problem, but instead it seems to be creating more of one. If the superdelegates that are aligned with Clinton continue to support her at the convention, despite Obama winning the popular vote, people, including myself, are going to be rabid. This would be a huge disservice to the country and the party.

It is important to realize that the superdelegates need to align themselves with the popular vote. We've had enough of that devisiveness and mistrust already. Remember the hanging chads? How much anger does the American populace have to suffer before we declare our elections to be corrupt? We absolutely must be clear as Democrats to ensure that our superdelegates represent the populace and not their own self-interests.

How do we do that? By informing each and every one of our elected officials in the Democratic party who is a superdelegate (that would be congressmen and senators as well as big party officials in each state) that you are watching their vote and you will not vote for them if they go against the popular vote. I plan to do that with my elected officials, and I invite you to do so as well. We need to make sure that this election have a positive outcome for Democrats and for all Americans, and John McCain is NOT that outcome.

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Blogger Daisy said...

The difference between your Obama and your Clinton totals is less than one percent. I wouldn't be too concerned. :) I am worried about the infighting that has begun in the party; it can only hurt, come November.

18/2/08 5:22 PM  
Blogger PunditMom said...

Even my Republican friends don't want McCain and prefer Obama! Who knew that I'd live to see that day?

18/2/08 7:05 PM  

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