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Dear Deidre,

Thanks again for inviting me to the Hillary Clinton rally.  I’d never been to anything like that before and it was definitely interesting.  But as far as volunteering for her campaign with you, I’m going to have to say no.  I just can’t support her candidacy.

She has always struck me as a disingenuous opportunist.  While I had a lot of respect for her in the early days of Bill Clinton’s administration with her push for health care, it didn’t inspire a lot of confidence in her ability to unite people and get things done.  On top of that, as we learned in Michael Moore’s Sicko, she was quite content to be bought off by the pharmaceutical companies to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.  People talk about Barack Obama’s inexperience as a liability, but to me the lack of senatorial experience seems like a relief from corrupt politics as usual.  The less time you have in the senate the less time you’ve had to get your hands dirty.  He bears himself like a statesman, and while I do admire Clinton’s quick wit and sharp tongue, I think that her style of leadership makes her a lot of enemies. 

And if I had to boil it all down to one issue, that issue would be the Iraq war.  Obama spoke out against the war from the very beginning.  Clinton helped vote us into the mess we’re in now, and while I understand that she admits the error of her ways, it doesn’t change the fact that she was easily led.    And I don’t know which is worse; being so hawkish that you don’t even blink at the thought of unilateral military invasion of a country that poses no proven risk to us and has made no hostile advances, or if you are so concerned with your popularity that you will vote against all common sense in favor of the murder of thousands, the destruction of a civilian society, and a price tag of billions of dollars. 

Sorry.  I can’t help but hold a grudge.  I would vote for Clinton over McCain, but I hope it doesn’t come to that.