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Epiphany (Sort of)

Feb 2008
02

I’ve made up my mind. I’ve decided who I’m going to vote for.

Cross posted at Daily Kos

I always assumed I would <strong>know</strong> who to vote for when the time came.

I’d been leaning strongly toward Edwards for a while now.

He had me in the 2004 election. He was the only candidate to go to McAlester, OK where I lived at the time, and the first one to do so in something like 50 years. There he gave one of his trademark wonderful speeches. In his speech he mentioned his plan to increase funding for college tuition.

After the speech, I waited patiently to talk to him. I remember being very nervous, I can be very shy sometimes. I got to him and said that his speech meant a lot to me, since I was graduating soon, and it was largely thanks to federal funding. He looked me in the eye when he shook my hand and thanked me, and I just <em>felt</em> something. (I still get chills thinking about that.)

I’d just decided to vote for him last week. And then there was Wednesday. I was devastated. I was surprised at how depressed I was on Friday; this indecision was really eating at me.

So today I’ve spent the last two hours poring through diaries and comments here trying to find something — anything — that would point me in the right direction.

Clinton and Obama are so close ideologically, and there are pros and cons on both sides. First Woman, First Black, War, Health Care, the list goes on. My wife is voting for Clinton. All of this was spinning through my head.

Then I found the answer, though not in anything I read. Maybe it’s not a very profound epiphany in the history of epiphanies, but it it’ll do for me.

It struck me how the Republicans hate her so much and how a lot of Republicans are supporting Obama. It occurred to me that if they hate her so much, there is something there worth being afraid of. She <strong><em>SCARES</em></strong> them; simple as that.

I want the candidate that makes the Republicans unable to sleep at night.


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