I am, and always will be, an ardent and unapologetic supporter of Hillary Clinton. And of Bill Clinton. When Bill spoke the other night at the convention, my spousal equivalent writhed in pain on the couch and moaned "Why can't I just vote for him? Why couldn't we change the law and vote the President into three terms?" This was a sentment echoed by several friends in almost exactly the same words. I, on the other hand, was still in tears after watching Hillary earlier, calling for the vote by acclamation for Obama.
So be it.
At the end of the primaries, I was not thinking of voting for McCain, but I was thinking about not voting at all. Then some things happened.
Obama chose Joe Biden for his VP, and (knowing wishing couldn't make it true and the rules had changed since 1960, I knew it wasn't going to be Hillary), I was relieved, if not maybe impressed, at the apparent wisdom of the choice. A little worried about Joe's big mouth, but hopeful nonetheless.
Hillary called out to me in her convention speech, and I said OK. I will go vote for Obama. Bill seconded the motion and I knew what I had to do. Still sad, and still hurt, but no longer as angry. Obama gave his speech on Thursday night and I felt somewhat better about the whole deal.
But then, on Friday morning McCain announced his selection and I stood flabbergasted. Emotions flooding through me, some of which included: relief at his idiocy; disbelief at his idiocy; and then, anger, and more anger, and then explosive anger as the full realization of what he'd done sunk in.
John McCain had chosen to potentially put the safety and security of our country into the hands of a person with absolutely no experience; no credentials; and no qualifications for the job! And he did it for political expediency! He told the American people that he would recklessy do whatever it takes to win an election - the country be damned if he dies -on his 72nd bithday! And he believed Hillary's supporters would be stupid enough to fall for it!
THAT was when I went to Obama's website, signed up, donated, and signed on.
THAT was the moment I realized that my sadness and hurt was small compared to my fear of letting John McCain and Sarah Palin get elected.
THAT was the driving force to move me beyoned "OK, I'll go vote for Obama" to "Holy crap, I have to make sure Obama gets elected!"
And THAT is how Sarah Palin moved me to activism for Barack Obama.