Hockey Mom Turns Off Clinton Supporters

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“Something has happened in recent weeks among the Clinton faithful. Fear of the right-wing Palin, coupled with the economic collapse, has caused them to quietly swallow their Obama misgivings…The new Washington Post-ABC poll finds the same thing. Fully 81 percent of Democrats and like-minded independents who favored Clinton said they now back Obama. If Obama gets the 90 percent of Democrats who tell the pollsters they support him, he will do better than any other Democratic candidate in nearly 40 years.” (Dana Milbank in his “Washington Sketch” on October 14, 2008).

I am one of the Clinton faithful who has swallowed my misgivings about Obama, not only because of Sarah Palin, but because of John McCain. I’m simply too concerned about a continuation of the last eight years. I don’t believe that McCain is the maverick he claims to be when it comes to Republican policy. He would have to make radical changes in his platform for me to vote for him, and that includes getting rid of the hockey mom. But we all know that he’s not going to do that–it would be political suicide, as well as unprecedented. It’s too late in the game for him to remake his image.

Obama may not have the political experience that McCain has, but I believe that he is a thoughtful and intelligent man who “gets it” about the American people (regardless of what Palin says about him). And I also feel that Biden would make a good president if, God forbid, something would happen to Obama. I can’t say the same for Palin. I don’t buy it that Palin has enough experience to run the country if circumstances would warrant it. And I don’t think that her being a Washington outsider is a good thing. I would rather have a President who has some idea about how things are accomplished in Washington, not one who has to get up to speed on the job.

I’m not discounting Palin’s potential, although God help us if she ever would become President. But she has to pay a lot more dues before she can take on the federal government. McCain may have a lot of experience, but to say that Palin’s approximates his is like saying that a childless man or woman could suddenly take on the mechanics of a large family without there being a learning curve. And contrary to what some may think, having a large family doesn’t mean that you’re qualified to govern, or help govern, a nation.

Obviously, there are some Clinton supporters who are staying in the McCain camp. But for the life of me, I can’t see how they can. Especially now that Palin is on the Republican ticket.

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Ellen Keim

Ellen is a freelance writer, essayist and copy editor, living with three cats and a husband in Columbus, OH.

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