I realize that many of my readers are Obama supporters, and as many of you know, I've been leaning toward Hillary based on her experience and strengths, while also valuing what Obama brings to the campaign. The news in the past week has been very disappointing.
I just sent this e-mail to the Hillary Clinton for President web site, in the hopes that I can have a tiny shred of influence on the way she's campaigning:
I have always been a Hillary supporter, but recently my support has been wavering. I'm also an Oregon voter, and have not yet cast my primary vote. I have now moved to "undecided" based on some of Hillary Clinton's and the campaign's actions in the past week:
--Likening Obama to Kenneth Starr...really, was that low and completely inaccurate statement necessary? All for challenging Clinton to release her tax returns???
--Saying that McCain is better prepared to be commander in chief than Obama is...Hillary's ego is getting in the way of the unification of the Democratic party. Don't imply that McCain is a better choice than the other Democrat, for God's sake!!!
--Finally, implying that Obama could be a Muslim. Not only is that intolerant of the Muslim faith, but as you know it's also inaccurate and casts aspersion on his profession of the Christian faith and his integreity. "As far as I know"????
I really want us to elect our first woman president, and I believe that Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person for the job...but I'm disgusted by these recent actions and questioning my support. This is not the way I would like my president to behave. I want a president with integrity and one who respects other human beings, especially fellow Democrats.
I also want a Democratic party that is not left in tatters at the end of this election...and more than anything, I want a Democratic president, be it Clinton or Obama. Not McCain.
From a now-undecided voter