My Mind Has Changed: I Cannot Vote for Obama, Ever
by dpANDREWS, Mon Feb 04, 2008 at 09:47:28 AM EST
Like many - the vast majority - of Clinton supporters, I have always said that I would support the eventual Democratic nominee, no matter who that nominee is. With that I would make my usual small donations and talk up the nominee among my friends and neighbors.
Today I cannot make such a pledge. If Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee I will not register a vote at the top of the ticket.
In recent weeks the Obamas' have gone out of their way to sow the seeds of division in the party. When Edwards and Clinton made very public promises to support the eventual nominee and work to get them elected, Obama offered up:
"I'm confident that I will get her votes votes if I'm the nominee, it's not clear that she would get the votes I got if she were the nominee."
Now we have Michelle Obama on record striking a similarly divisive tone on Good Morning America:
"GMA: Could you see yourself working to support Hillary Clinton should she win the nomination?
MICHELLE OBAMA: I'd have to think about that. I'd have to think about that, her policies, her approach, her tone.
GMA: That's not a given?
MICHELLE OBAMA: You know, everyone in this party is going to work hard for whoever the nominee is. I think that we're all working for the same thing. And, you know, I think our goal is to make sure that the person in the White House is going to take this country in a different direction. I happen to believe that Barack is the only person who can really do that."
Barack Obama, and Michelle Obama, have not only not earned my vote, their disrespect of the Democratic Party, its candidates, and of Democratic voters (don't forget the 'Democrat For a Day Stunt') have assured that they can never earn my vote.
If they can't have the decency and respect to answer yes to a simple, and very common question every four years, then they do not deserve the votes of Democrats such as myself. Let Obama try to win it with 'Republicans for a Day.'
I will not vote third party, I would never vote for a Republican, but I will not enter a vote for Barack Obama.