Wednesday, June 06, 2007
I just watched the New Hampshire debate among the 8 Democrats a couple of nights ago. I'll support wholeheartedly any of the Big Three: Clinton, Obama, or Edwards, though at this stage I'm for Hillary.
One cool thing that Hillary said in the debate, when asked about gays in the military: "Barry Goldwater once said, 'You don't have to be straight to shoot straight.'" SNAP! This after asked if Bill Clinton's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy had been successful. She said it hadn't, but that it was a very good first step.
Interestingly, Hillary was a Republican "Goldwater Girl" back in '64, when she was still in high school. As was my mom (though she was 23, and an emigrant from Germany to America at the time, having married my Air Force dad). My mom still has her gold-elephant-with-glasses Goldwater pin, which she wore at her department store job in Dallas... Even though it was conservative Dallas, the powers-that-be at the store made her take it off because it, and Goldwater, were too controversial for mainstream department store consumption!
Their "Goldwater Girl"-turned-Democrat common background aside, my mom still refuses to like Hillary. Mom thinks she's harsh and annoying (though she will vote Democrat, even if it is Hillary. And though she does like Nancy Pelosi). I've begged The Mom, who doesn't have cable and so hasn't watched the debates thus far, to wait until she's able to see Hillary in action---Seriously, Hillary is GREAT in debates; once you witness, you realize how utterly competent and well-spoken and non-harsh and sane she is.