Single issue politics
Single issue politics is a destructive force; and those driven by it may achieve a Pyrric victory. Senator Clinton has been heavily criticized for not apologizing for her Iraq war vote, but this should not drive the debate. These are serious times, and we require serious debates and serious candidates. Senator Obama has the luxury of having been against the war from the beginning, but his opinion came from the "cheap seats" of the Illinois State Senate, and one wonders if he would have voted against it if he had the burden of being in the US Senate at the time.
That said, we all accept that the initiation and execution of this war has been a disaster fromt he beginning. But I have no doubt that Senator Clinton, as President, would extricate us from this war as quickly and effectively as Senator Obama.
But we must also look at health care, international and foreign relations, North Korea, Iran, climate change, education, economic opportunity, immigration, and true homeland security. And we would all like to see a White House that reads the newspapers; as well as the constitution and Bill of Rights.
These are serious times. And Senator Clinton has in-depth policy plans for all of these areas. Senator Obama has not presented his policy plans in any depth; and has been more rhetorical than substinative in his debate. If he becomes President, and presents himself as an "outsider" who will reform Washington, and does not know how to "work the system" with skilled staff, he will be EATEN ALIVE, as was Jimmy Carter.
So we can vote either based on a single issue; apologizing for the vote; or we can vote for a skilled leader to navigate through crucial times. I have no doubt that Senator Clinton would be such a leader, and we should unite behind her. She has grown and evolved into a true leader, and is the best candidate on the national stage.
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