Another advantage she’ll have over Obama in the general election is that she voted to go to war initially. Remember, for all the Americans who are wondering when we’re ever going to discover an exit strategy now, the majority were highly in favor of the war in the wake of 9/11. Not that I think that was a good choice on her part, but she is in a much better position to portray herself as mainstream, practical, and experienced than Obama is.
I know it’s disappointing to Obama supporters and to people who have bumper stickers that say both “U.S. Out of Iraq” and “Free Tibet” (and lack the ability to see the irony therein), but the fact is the majority of Americans are not in favor of socialist policies modeled after those in Canada and Europe. There’s a reason the majority of labor unions have endorsed Clinton. Even those liberal voters who feel that if the CEO of their company can make $85 billion this year, surely the company should be able to afford to pay its workers a fair wage with good benefits, are generally opposed to collectivism. When Clinton stops trying to act like she’s a hundred miles left of the far left to compete with Obama, she’ll go back to being about a foot left of center right along with the majority of the rest of the Democrats, a number of independents, and even a few good Republicans.
And here’s where all my left-leaning idealistic friends (i.e. those who are nicer than me) say, “See! That’s why we hate her! She just says anything to win!”
I’m sorry to say this to those who don’t get it, but she’s a politician – that’s her job. And I know this news will make some weep, but Obama just says anything he’s told to say in hopes of winning, too. As does McCain. Sadly, in political elections we have no choice but to vote for a politician – unless you want to write in Frank Zappa. You may not like Clinton’s politics, but don’t tell me she isn’t good at her job.