Friday, February 12, 2016
Hillary and Bernie
I was thinking yesterday about the upcoming primary election, and whether to vote for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, when I suddenly realized I haven't done a thing to prepare to vote. Was I still registered at my mom's house -- even though she's moved -- or was I registered at my dad's, since I changed my driver's license to his address? Research was needed.
Fortunately the Internet makes such things much simpler, and now I (hopefully) have a ballot for U.S. citizens living overseas coming my way via e-mail.
I'm planning to stick with Hillary. She seems to be losing some momentum thanks to Bernie's geography-weighted win in New Hampshire and his apparent appeal to younger voters. I do like Bernie, too, both personally and policy-wise. But I don't think he can win nationally.
I have a sense of loyalty to Hillary. I very strongly feel that it's her turn. I know she compromises in ways that many find unacceptable (Iraq war!) and many see her as a calculating opportunist. There's been all this talk of her need to "show more heart," to be warmer and more spontaneous. To me, this criticism seems tinged with sexism -- do we expect warmth and "heart" from male candidates? Why isn't strength and intelligence and diplomacy and experience enough?
Personally speaking, I feel like I made a commitment to her when I switched my support from her to Obama in 2008. I telepathically promised I'd vote for her the next time around. That's what I intend to do. Bernie talks a good game, but we need someone who can be effective with opposition politicians (as much as is ever possible) and appeal to centrist voters. I also like her international experience, and we need a female president -- if only to test my mom's theory that the world would function differently if women were in charge.
On a completely unrelated side note, I was shocked to hear about the death of one of my former colleagues at the young age of 41. We worked together on the same floor and sat near each other, and we had an ongoing, unresolved debate about the greatness of the Beatles. (As I recall, I was pro-Beatles, he was less so. Mostly for the sake of argument, I suspect.) I was always a bit jealous of his youth and quick wit and early success. Strange how things turn out.
(Photo: Our frosty back garden, yesterday morning.)