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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

She's Not My Girl

Senator Hillary Clinton (NY) in her race to be the Democratic nominee for President has continued the polarizing statements that have contributed to splitting our country apart. Election day coverage of the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections was dominated by the news coverage displaying maps of the United States covered in either red for Republican or blue for Democrats.

In looking at the displayed maps and listening to talking points of the two major political parties and subsequent news coverage it almost seemed as though the civil war was still taking place in America.

In one of the early Democratic Presidential Candidates Forums Senator Clinton injected a line intended to garner support but it fell flat. She said something to the effect that if you are looking for someone who is going to fight the extreme right-wing of the Republican Party, then I'm your Girl. She was referring to the years she had been first lady and how she and her husband President William J. Clinton had survived all the Republican attacks aimed at them during his eight years in office.

The point she misses is that the voters are tired of the vicious attack style politics whether they are used by Republican or Democratic candidates.

She is up to it again, this time turning on her own Democratic opponent Senator Barack Obama (Illinois). When recent Polls indicated she was a few points behind Senator Obama in Iowa and with women and African-American voters favoring him over her, she went into her attack mode. She accused Obama of flip flopping when he was quoted as having said on the campaign trail he had not planned to run for President. Her proof of his flip flop was reportedly a Essay Obama had written in kindergarten about why he will run for President.

Feeling that was not enough, Clinton has also made comments on the campaign trail to the effect the fact Senator Obama lived overseas when he was a child hardly qualified as foreign policy experience. In further desperation, her campaign has been reviewing the times he did not cast a vote on an issue before Congress in an effort to portray him as ducking the hard votes.

All of this has signs of a campaign that is about to implode only one month before the caucuses in Iowa.

Voters are tired of divisive rhetoric and what they yearn for is a change toward a better way of doing politics in Washington. After twenty straight years of divisive politics with either a Bush or Clinton as President of the United States, the voters deserve a change.

They want a President who is able to unite our country on the issues and deliver results. One who understands that all Americans have similar concerns, whether it is safety, health insurance, energy, the economy, foreign policy, or immigration. The differences will always be in the details and the approach offered by candidates and political party but what voters want is a President who can unite us and not divide us.

It is time for a change and that is why Hillary is not my girl.

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