Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I voted for the woman

I did it. I voted for Hillary. I'd like to say I have really good reasons from a policy standpoint, but I don't. On the issues I care about, there's not a huge difference between Obama and Clinton. And honestly, if the election had been held a month ago, I probably would have voted differently. But, for the last few days, I've been thinking about the way Hillary's been scrutinized and how women tend to get the raw deal when it comes to getting positions of power. No, she's not perfect, but we know the ways in which she's not perfect. I think she has a good chance of getting important legislation passed because she does have connections in Congress that I don't think Obama has built yet. And I think it's about time a woman was president.

In my precinct, where I once again served as judge, the vote was very close, with Obama beating Clinton by only 10 votes. Talk on the elevators in the courthouse was all about how the radio was projecting Hillary to win and they just couldn't believe that because Obama won their precincts. There's a large swath of PA that's very different from Philadelphia and its suburbs and the there's Pittsburgh, a former steel town. I'm thinking that Obama didn't necessarily appeal to those areas. There were lots of people who switched parties for this election and just based on my observations at my precinct, I think quite a few did so to try to influence who McCain will run against, not out of some real change in ideology.

Whatever happens, I think we're in for an interesting election come November.