No, I haven't become a centrist overnight and I would vote for Elizabeth Warren in a heart beat.
I have been watching the attacks on Wendy Davis on the right and that has reached a nasty level.
I tend to be a realist in American politics whilst still willing to push from the left and Hillary has a real chance of winning in 2016. No matter on how many issues that I have fundamental disagreements with her policies she is far better than anybody on the right, and yes this will be another election based on "better than the crazy".
My reasoning for my positive diary title is for something else entirely.
In 2008 we elected the first African American to be our President. The result of such an abomination sent the right wing completely over the edge and they took the GOP into conspiracy laden racism with the birther and tea party movements. The only appalling thing of Obama's presidency has been to get millions of Americans health insurance, Oh the utter evil of it all.
The soft underbelly of endemic racism was ripped open for all to see [apart form those subjected to it daily], it opened many eyes that racism was alive and well in the US, post racial my ass.
During this time we have seen sexism reach levels that have not been seen for decades coming out of the right. The war on women has been real
Examples at the state and federal level have included restricting contraception; cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood; state-mandated, medically unnecessary ultrasounds; abortion taxes; abortion waiting periods; forcing women to tell their employers why they want birth control, and prohibiting insurance companies from including abortion coverage in their policies.Elected republicans have fallen over themselves in a mad dash to show their complete lack of understanding of women.
Roger Rivard (R-WI): ”Some girls rape easy.” – October 2012
Mitt Romney: “I went to a number of women’s groups and said ‘Can you help us find folks?’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.” —October, 2012
Todd Akin (R-MO): “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways of shutting that whole thing down” - mid 2012 Senate Campaign
Nobody plans to have an accident in a car accident, nobody plans to have their homes flooded. You have to buy extra insurance for those two.”
-Barbara Listing, leader of Right To Life, comparing rape to a car accident, May 2013.
"Women don't care about contraception." - Republican governor from South Carolina, Nikki HaleyThe quotes can go on for pages, and if you think that is bad, you aint seen nothing yet.
Hillary Clinton is a lightening rod for the craziest nastiest republicans, possibly even more so than Obama and if there is anyone that couldn't care less what they think it is her.
Personally I like my homophobia, sexism and racism out in the open where I can see it, rather than hidden by some soft focus idealism of a society that does not exist. I like my right wingnuts frothing at the mouth rather than pretending to be compassionate conservatives. Only when the hatred is out in the open for all to see can it be dealt with.
If Hillary does run for 2016 every woman in the world will see exactly what the right thinks of women in general, it might even open the eyes of women on the right who are aiding and abetting the war on women.
It is going to be really nasty, but it is long past time that the right's inherent sexism was viewed upon a world stage. I'm ready for the filth, are you?