I am tired of Hillary Clinton, her husband and her daughter being the target of unfair attacks and sleazy vitriol from Republicans and the so-called mainstream media which feels the need to repeat them. I also do not like to see them attacked unfairly by the left in their own party. Benghazi and the so-called scandals of the 90's are the ultimate examples of places where there is no "there" there and should be ignored by serious journalists. She is undoubtedly the most qualified candidate on either side in terms of resume and experience. As someone who was sometimes very frustrated with the apparent naïvete of Barack Obama in trying to work with Republicans, I feel her potential realistic and tough approach may get a lot done. She knows the perils of both domestic politics and international relations and has the backbone to get things done.
Bernie Sanders is a great guy. He fights consistently for his beliefs with passion and a commitment to the common person. He never was and never will be one of the elite but, might that lack of connections not work against him in terms of getting things done? Indeed, he will need connections and friends in the establishment to stand up for him against attacks that he is a communist at best and an ISIS-sympathizer at worst if nominated.
I know all of this. Any realistic observer knows all of this. That is why I have struggled in choosing who to support for the Democratic nomination until now. At first, my wife (a native Vermonter whose mother worked with Sen Sanders on water issues in Burlington back when he was mayor) and her very Republican family supported him and that coupled with his anti-establishment views was enough for me. I posted my support for him in a diary several months ago.
Then I got to thinking it through and, more and more, I came to the conclusion that for the reasons mentioned above, Hillary would be the better candidate.