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Here's a story that appeared in our local alternative weekly, The Willamette Week. It spells out how one woman went from being an ardent Hillary supporter to being "convinced McCain would do minimal damage as a Republican presidnet. Now she's ready to volunteer for his campaign...Character is more important than positinoa and policy, because all that stuff get negoitated and flopped around anyway". So I wonder if she still feels his positions and policies take the better route after the last few days. My response after the intro. My response started as a LTE, but got to long.

Atkins’ research online convinced her Obama is a Marxist and former Muslim who now attends a "hate church" and would push for slavery reparations as president. His supporters have been duped, Atkins says, because Obama will say anything to get elected.  

It’s funny that Gayle Atkins is described as a "registered Democrat with moderate views". To my ears she sounds like a racist. Her "online research" led her to conclude that Obama is a former Muslim and would push for slavery reparations? Where has she been doing her research? Did she start at Drudge and then go further right? What makes someone any less racist to discriminate against someone because they are Muslim than because they are black? Not that anyone who really pays attention really believes that Barack Obama is now, or ever was a Muslim. That seems to be the territory solely of right wing nut jobs at this point. It’s like the "he was a Muslim" is just (somehow mistakenly more political correct) code for saying "he’s black" as a reason not to vote for him. And what matter if he was a Muslim? The president of the United States is not a religious position. So neither race, creed, color, sex, disability nor sexual orientation makes any difference. We should be vote for policy, not demographic breakdown.  

What about Hillary Clinton’s policies differ so much from Barack Obama’s that would drive these supporters into the arms of McCain/Palin? Is it the corporate tax cuts? Or the in Iraq for hundred years mentality? If she thinks that a Democratic Congress would do "minimal damage" to women’s rights, think that he (or the winking wolf hunter) probably will be choosing at least one Supreme Court justice. And believe that they will have a litmus test regarding Roe vs. Wade.

During the primary both Clinton and Obama stated there were no major differences in their policy. So what would make a Clinton support cross over to the republican side? Is it the fact that Barack doesn’t have a female on his ticket, or is it the fact he’s black - oh I mean Muslim?        

In terms of saying anything to get elected, I think a quick trip to will show that the McCain campaign has committed far more egregious lies in his speeches and commercials than Obama has ever come close to doing.

Wearing a white hood isn’t made more acceptable by the fact that there’s an American flag pin on it.

Originally posted to brad v on Tue Oct 07, 2008 at 09:21 AM PDT.

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