22 September 2006

Why I don't think Hillary Clinton should be President

It's tempting, I know. She inspires the same frenzied outrage on the right as President Bush does on the left. It would be so entertaining to watch their impotent, spluttering rage at everything she did for four years. Shoe on the other foot, revenge a dish best served cold, and all that.

But that's exactly the problem. The last thing we need right now is another polarizing figure who makes half the country feel completely unrepresented in the government. It would perpetuate divisions which we need to overcome.

And never forget that while American leftists and rightists are calling each other names and denouncing each other as Satan's spawn, there are people out there who want to kill all of us. 90% of conservative objections I've seen to the idea of liberals returning to power in government stem from the fear that liberals don't quite understand that we're at war, and would fail to pursue the struggle against jihadism forcefully enough. Sadly, this fear is not an unfounded one.

What we really need is someone who commands respect from both sides of the political spectrum, who fully recognizes the jihadist threat, and has socially moderate views on domestic issues rather than seeking to impose a fundamentalist agenda on the country. Here's my first choice.

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