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Tomorrow, I'm planning to caucus for Obama, but I will be open to being convinced otherwise, and be far from heartbroken if Clinton ends up with the nomination. Hell, even McCain will be an improvement over Bush.

My primary reason for preferring Obama over Clinton is, I admit, a relatively superficial one; I *hate* the oligarchic (power to the elite few), name-brand feel of presidential politics. Whether you liked Clinton's husband or not, she's using his name just as Bush used his father's name, and his father used Reagan's. I want something different, to remind people of the American ideal that *anyone* can become president. You don't have to have the right family or marry well or go to the right schools. It may be my last spark of idealism, but I think it's an important one.

Oh, and as an aside - will people please, PLEASE stop calling Clinton "Hillary"? I know it's technically to keep from confusing her with her husband, but 90% of the time it's perfectly clear from context. In a stage where politicians are routinely referred to by their last name, calling one by their first name is condescending and demeaning. Hell, it pissed me off when Bush kept calling the former leader of Iraq "Saddam" like he was talking about his neighbor Lou down the block.


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Feb. 8th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
I find that it grates on my nerves when they use her first name, as well. But a lot of her campaign materials seem to encourage that. Just today I saw a photo of her, surrounded by signs that say "Hillary for President" and "Hillary 08" etc. It was jarring.
Feb. 8th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
It's even on her campaign buttons.

I try to avoid using her first name because I think it demeans her. I'm less impressed with the Senator the more I see of her, but I'm not about to give her less respect than her position deserves.
Feb. 8th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
I keep seeing this debate rage... should she be called Clinton or Hillary. And, at first, Clinton seemed obviously right. But people pointed out that she chose Hillary for her campaign. That's the brand she chose and what she chose to be called by. Also, apparently, she's not the first politician to encourage people to use the first name when saying FOO for President.

So, I prefer Clinton, because it seems more dignified. But I'm not sure that not calling someone by what they try to make you call them by is more respectful. I think it depends on context.
Feb. 8th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
My impression is that her encouraging being called Hillary is more a matter of convenience than anything, since people already were thinking of her as Hillary. I suppose it could be looked at as reclaiming a negative label, but the need for it still grates.
Feb. 9th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
It's a calculated decision, signs that say clinton emphasize that she is on the wrong side of change dynamic and play entirely into the co-presidency idea.

Also use of the first name humanizes her and emphasizes that she's a woman.
Feb. 8th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
My primary reason for preferring Clinto over Obama is, I admit, a relatively superficial one; I *hate* those damn....
Feb. 8th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
I admit that this is one reason to be tempted by Obama. Thanks for your opinion!
Feb. 9th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
I'm with you on all of it.

Feb. 9th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
So, I dunno, but the TV stations here pretty much call her Hillary because... it's 3 symbols in Japanese. Hi-ra-ri. Clinton is 5 (ku-ri-n-to-n). Obama is 3 (o-ba-ma). So hi-ra-ri vs. o-ba-ma. It's not always that way and I do see her as "Clinton" too, but... at least they have a good excuse.
Feb. 10th, 2008 07:46 am (UTC)
I have no problem with people calling her Hillary, just like I had no problem with people referring to George Bush Jr. as "Dubya." It helps set them apart from previous presidents with the same last name. And there was once "Ike" for Eisenhower, and he had no namesake to compete against in terms of name recognition. I think it's neither uncommon nor demeaning to call candidates by something other than their last name; it's just a way for candidates to stand out.
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