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LBJDemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-07-07 02:33 PM
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Why I support Clinton over Obama
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Edited on Thu Jun-07-07 03:02 PM by LBJDemocrat
I'm an Edwards supporter and a possible Clark supporter. When I joined DU, I thought Sen. Clinton was the worst possible Democratic candidate. My views have changed. Here's why:

1. Hillary Clinton has an extremely low CATO rating of 17%. Obama does not have a CATO rating yet. Given that Obama has more Wall Street support than Clinton, I would play it safe and assume that Clinton, while still a centrist Democrat, is better on the issue of trade policy.

2. Hillary Clinton is a potentially divisive figure. She has little charisma and is loathed by Repubs more than Obama will probably ever be. You may be reading this and thinking it's a bad thing, and it is in a sense. But it's also a good thing. A president that cannot rely on charisma will have to rely more on results. She will also have a tougher time selling Wall Street's agenda to middle America, this includes wars. Bush has gotten very far by pretending to be a simple Texan. President Clinton will not have this luxury. To add to this, she is viewed with suspicion by the base of the Democratic Party. Obama would be a better trojan horse for DLC-type policies in that he would face less opposition.

3. Hillary Clinton is recently displaying more worker-friendly political courage than Obama. Clinton voted against the Guest Worker provision, while Obama abstained. I won't hold that too much against him though because he was out campaigning. Of course, the Guest Worker provision ended up passing. Then there's the issue of the merit-based point system to immigration (which is a tool to screw over white-collar workers just as blue collar-workers are). Obama created an amendment that would phase out that point system after five years, which is honorable. Clinton, on the other hand, proposed her own amendment that would allow families to reunite, saying "Five years in the life of a young child is precious time indeed." Both amendments were rejected.
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