Okay, so. Like many of you, I'm a fan of Bernie Sanders. I took that quiz that tells you whose politics most align with yours, and I got 98% Bernie Sanders. And I did not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2008. But that said, after tons and tons and TONS of deliberation, I'm voting for Hillary Clinton in the Washington primary. I'd happily support either of them as a presidential nominee, but Hillary gets my first pick.
I've been trying to rationalize this for myself, how I can like Bernie Sanders so much more than Hillary in some ways, and yet still feel that she's the person who deserves my vote. It's hard to articulate, but it has to do with Bernie's electability, his potential ability to get policy enacted once in office (and in an obstructive house/senate situation, he won't be able to do shit), and the deep and real need to advance women in roles of leadership in this country.
One of my favorite podcasts, Call Your Girlfriend, recently interviewed Rebecca Traister, author of Big Girls Don't Cry (on my reading list), in response to a listener question about why the CYG hosts support Hillary over Bernie, despite being feminists and that in some ways Bernie seems like the better feminist choice. Traiser's response to this question is SUPER on-point and really articulates everything that's been floating around in my chaotic brain. Most importantly, she talks about the important nuances around aligning with someone's policy versus assessing whether a candidate can actually make change once in office.
Please, if you are interested in politics at all, regardless of party, give this a listen. If you want to skip straight to the interview, it starts at 13:25.
"If you are a progressive, even one whose ideas align with Bernie Sanders, a) it's great if you vote for Bernie Sanders, but b) there is still a really solid progressive argument for supporting Hillary Clinton..."
"It's very possible to have done a presidential calculus in which you determine that actually Hillary Clinton may be wildly more electable for a bunch of reasons ... maybe this person is better positioned to win an election and then, if she wins, to navigate Republican obstruction competently and confidently and that's an evaluation that's not just about where she's standing on these issues."
"We have a pretty broken system right now and a preference for Bernie's position isn't really going to translate into those positions being enacted. Even if you believe that Bernie is electable...There's the question of how is a Republican-led congress gonna respond to his ideas; and I don't think we're in a universe right now where we can safely assume that because Bernie favors $15 dollar minimum wage and expansion of social programs, single-parent health care, free college, that any of these things are gonna happen in the face of a total obstructionist Republican-led house and possibly/probably senate."