Anyone visiting BMG or other left-leaning political blogs over the last few months might think that most Democrats are going to sit out the general election or vote for McCain if their candidate doesn’t get the nomination. So here’s an attempt to balance out the recent negativity.
I will support the Democratic nominee, whoever that is. Why? See below.
I’m an Obama supporter who has had plenty of qualms with the Clinton campaign and, yes, I’ve harbored thoughts about not supporting Clinton or putting in less than a full effort in the general election if Obama isn’t the nominee. But I always talk myself out of that. Some of the things that have gone through my mind:
Emotion plays a huge part in the way we process information and make decisions (read Lakoff or Hartmann or marry a psychologist – or all three like me!). So I realize that and know that I’m being pretty selfish when I allow myself to consider not supporting Clinton, if she’s the nominee.
Remember after the 2004 election when we were all incredulous about some of the reasons people voted for GWB? Any reason I could come up with for voting for McCain would be no better. I’m not going to allow myself to be equated with the “I’d like to have a beer with him” crowd.
The presidential race is not about me. This is the future of the country and world we are talking about. All I have to do is look at my kids and know that I better do everything in my power to avoid the equivalent of a third Bush term.
If I could go back in time and do something that would give either Gore or Kerry a victory, I’d do it. Think of all the damage I could reverse! But of course, I can’t do that. But I can envision myself in 2010 or 2011 under a McCain presidency and realize what I have to do now.
I’d like to hear from others with whom I’ll be working this summer and fall, and why you will also be supporting our nominee.