Tuesday, June 17, 2008

What Would Hillary Do?

Would Hillary approve of all this talk about voting for John McCain?

Hillary ran for president because she loves this country. She loves the United States of America and she doesn't want to see us fall behind. As she said, we need to "reverse" our course immediately. Would John McCain bring that change?

Factcheck.org examined Barack Obama's claims that John McCain is not the maverick he claims to be. According to their analysis, John McCain voted with the president 95% of the time in 2007:

The claim is true. According to Congressional Quarterly's Voting Studies, in 2007 McCain voted in line with the president's position 95 percent of the time – the highest percentage rate for McCain since Bush took office – and voted in line with his party 90 percent of the time. However, McCain's support of President Bush's position has been as low as 77 percent (in 2005), and his support for his party's position has been as low as 67 percent (2001).

So he voted against his party until he started running for president. Is that leadership "we can believe in?"

We here at Clintonistas for Obama have been trying to make the case that John McCain does not share Hillary Clinton's values. He does not support universal health care and his record on women's issues is delporable. This analysis by Factcheck.org makes clear that if McCain ever were a maverick, it ended when he began running for president. So these calls by McCain supporters such as Joe Lieberman to put "country before political party" reaks of hypocrisy.

Many of us are justifiably upset about the events of the campaign season, but supporting John McCain is not the answer. This is an argument Hillary has been making for some time:

"Anybody who has ever voted for me or voted for Barack has much more in common in terms of what we want to see happen in our country and in the world with the other than they do with John McCain," Clinton said on CNN's "The Situation Room."

"I'm going to work my heart out for whoever our nominee is. Obviously, I'm still hoping to be that nominee, but I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that anyone who supported me ... understands what a grave error it would be not to vote for Sen. Obama."

For many of us, myself included, casting a vote for Senator Obama will be difficult, but it is the right thing to do. The McPanderer doesn't share our values. I submit that he will toss us aside after we cast our votes, just as he abondoned his "maverick" voting record to win the GOP nomination.

Join Hillary. Vote for Barack Obama.


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