"Mama, Are You Going to Vote for the Girl?"
posted by Amy

The first presidential election I was old enough to vote in was Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign. I still have vivid memories of sitting a few feet away from Hillary Clinton when she came to my college during her husband's campaign. She became, for a time, a role model to this then-eighteen-year-old who had previously been a fourth-grader signing my letters, "Amy Anderson, F.F.W.P." (Future First Woman President).

So it's a little odd right now to be faced with the choice of voting for a former role model in just a few days and to be pretty certain I'm NOT going to vote for her. I'm reading and reading and reading and reading, and listening, and for the first time in a LONG time, even watching the Sunday morning shows.

While watching the debate on Monday night with my family (yes, we're that much fun! Kids, guess what? We're going to watch the Democratic candidates debate! Woo hoo!), my six-year-old daughter whispered in my ear, "If you don't vote for Barack, you'll vote for the girl, right?"

Damn. She's right, and it's disheartening that I'd do so reluctantly. There are all kinds of complicated reasons, most having to do with wanting to move forward, not backward, and my disgust with what seems like a disregard for voters' intelligence in the Clintons' current approach to campaigning. (Of course, that may be what gets Senator Clinton elected, judging from what's worked in the past two presidential elections, but I'd like to believe we can rise above that past sometimes.)

So that's where I am right now, for whatever it's worth to any of you out there pondering these same issues.

Links to the campaigns' webpages: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (I'm not linking to Edwards because I just don't think there's a chance left there.)