Thanks for all your input, f-list. I made my decision en route to work today. I'm voting for Clinton in the primary. It's 16 years since I was this close to a primary before deciding.
I really do feel they're both excellent candidates. And I was thrilled by the last debate, for content as well as for tone. I will happily vote for either of them in the general election.
Things that helped me make my decision:
- I do think her experience counts. And it is in part the First Lady experience. I'd say that counts more than state legislator or professor. I think it gave her a leg up and helped her become an effective and influential senator very quickly.
- I think she has shown she can deal with all manner of criticism. I don't know what the Republicans will throw at her, but I feel confident she'll be able to handle it.
And the clincher:
- I won't be unhappy if he wins the nomination, but I will be unhappy if he wins the primary in NY. She's our senator and if she can't win in her own state I think it undercuts her effectiveness in the senate.
If I lived somewhere else, I might decide differently, but I feel my responsibility as a New Yorker and a Democrat right now is to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton.