Right-wing nuts who have not wised up a la Ann Coulter or Rupert Murdoch to how closely Clinton shares their nutty views should vote in the Democratic primaries if they can, and vote for Barack Obama. Why risk having the woman you consider the devil become president? Why waste your time in a Republican primary already guaranteed to nominate Mr. 100-More-Years-of-Iraqi-Liberation? Why not do everything you can to stop the favorite candidate of that communist rag, the New York Times?
The vast majority of us, who oppose Clinton's agenda of media conglomeration, corporate trade agreements, extended occupations and mercenary wars should vote for Obama because there is a chance that, with enough effort, we can turn him into something significantly better, and because even if we can never have any impact on him, he is already a significant cut above Clinton. The main reason we know that there is hope for Obama is that he wrote a good book before he wrote the primary pablum packed in "The Audacity of Hope." The Obama book that's worth reading is "Dreams from My Father," a work of intelligence and kindness of the sort we have no record of Clinton ever producing.
But the lesson Obama teaches himself in that book is that his father failed to properly kiss up to those in power. We now see Obama doing just that. He wants us to all just get along, and he pretends there was a lovely age in the past in which we did. His first act in office was a refusal to challenge the election results from Ohio 2004. He didn't give us NAFTA, but he has his heart set on keeping it in place. He wasn't married to Bill Clinton, but he admires his middle of the roadism. He didn't vote to authorize the invasion, but he voted over and over again to fund it, defends the appropriateness of war as an instrument of policy, refuses to forswear the policy of aggressive wars, and wants to make the world's biggest military even bigger. He didn't fall for the WMD lies, but he professes to believe in Bush's good intentions and opposes impeachment.
Obama's hopeless "Hope" book, while far more daring and honest than anything coming out of the Clinton camp, has a chapter on the Constitution that is written exactly as if we still had the whole thing intact. Obama admires Reagan and believes in cooperating with Republicans. He can describe the personal suffering of NAFTA's victims and refuse to consider repealing it, suggesting that to do so would be a backward move against inevitable "globalization." He can describe McCain's amendment against torture as the easiest vote he's made, and refuse to discuss Bush's erasure of it with a signing statement. Obama refuses to commit to not using signing statements himself.
But it's possible that Obama has dumbed himself down to near Clintonian levels because he believes it's the only way to get elected. And it's possible that, even as his father's son, once he is the ruler of the largest empire ever seen, he won't need to do any more kissing up. It's possible that, with enough pressure, he will listen to the demands of citizen activists. I didn't say probable, just possible. And that's not possible to even fantasize about with Hillary Clinton. There are few, if any, areas in which Clinton is not as bad as or significantly worse than Obama. She has a long record of horrible governance. She is guaranteed to be a disaster, as is the man she would lose to: John McCain.
In Louisiana when they had a KKKer running against a corrupt bureaucrat, bumper stickers read "Vote for the crook, it's important." I don't advocate backing Obama because a bunch of his supporters believe he's better than he is. And I don't advocate believing he's better than he is. But I will say this: Vote in the primaries on Tuesday for the corporate mediocrity with the charismatic and vacuous platitudes. It's important.