Just for the sake of putting it on record: I support and endorse Hillary Clinton for President.
Cast aside the already-tired logic of inevitability, change, experience, and hope. The bulk of my rationale comes down to something entirely different.
Once upon a time, I was perfectly happy surrounded by the plurality of Americans who saw greatness in Bill, but concern in Hillary. For the duration of the Clinton administration, I was never a fan of Hillary's. The bungled manner in which health care proposals were steamrolled through, with promises to crush people like Jim Cooper and avoidance of others like Pat Moynihan registrered deeply with me. Throw in the fact that she opted to work with the likes of Ira Magaziner instead and the matter was only compounded in my mind. Off Hillary would go to the Senate, via New York.
So what's changed since then?
Hillary endured and persevered. I can't quite place myself in an environment where I'm surrounded by people who tried to undo you're spouse's re-election only to find forgiveness and acceptance. I'm guessing few of us could.
At it's simplest, it's possible to just suggest that Hillary has exhibited better political judgment in her Senate career (though obviously the leftniks and Obama Kids will take issue with her Iraq & Iran votes). And that might or might not be enough to sway me in and of itself. But she's shown far better qualities in my mind, with her ability to work with people who would challenge most politically-inclined folk's ability to forgive.
There's no way you cannot suggest that she's been nothing short of an admirable role model on that score.
Obviously, it's also difficult for me to endorse without getting into policy. And to be sure, her shared goal of storing many former administration officials in roles that let them take an active part in defining the Democratic Party of today is just as admirable. And if it's any consolation, if it's Barack Obama that's sworn in, he'll likely still be relying on many of the very people that Bill and Hillary Clinton first offered a national platform for.
With that, I'm still with Hill and that's who I'll be voting for on March 4th. Feel free to make your own call accordingly.