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Russell Shaw

Russell Shaw

Posted: February 8, 2008 10:43 AM

So Hillary Voted For The War In 2003: So What?


I really wish that Hillary Clinton had the judgment and fortitude not to tacitly endorse our invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Obviously, her funding votes were ass-covers for a future Presidential run in which toughness would need to be proven. Plus, it would have been politically difficult for a Senator from a state where the towers fell to vote against the war so soon after 9/11- when the lack of links between Saddam and A-Q were not so widely acknowledged as they are now.

But my point here is those votes were five years ago.

I hope you are not one of those raging, howling, against-the-Iraq-War Democrats whose enduring anger against any political figures who supported this war precludes you from ever considering voting for any former-war supporting candidate.

I sense there are people like you out there, otherwise Democratic voters who, in an election between still avid Iraq war supporter John McCain and one-time war supporter Hillary Clinton- who will sit out this election rather than vote for the "lesser of two evils."

Listen. I hope it doesn't come to that. I am leaning toward Barack Obama.

Still, even though I have been critical of Hillary, I must vote for her if she runs against McCain.

In such a case, I would care far less about Hillary's votes in 2003 then I do the absolute necessity of a Hillary Clinton then I do her ability to get us out of Iraq sooner ather than later, steer us toward universal health care, and appoint a progressive Supreme Court Justice who wouldn't overturn Roe.

So, I ask you members of the "I'll never vote for Hillary" crowd to consider the alternative.

A non-progressive John McCain Presidency.