Since I decided to support Hillary Clinton's candidacy, I have spoken to as many people as I can about the relative merits of our two Democratic presidential candidates. I've divided my time in the past week almost evenly between Dallas and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In Dallas I spoke to colleagues at work, primarily Democrats and women of all types (I count Republican men as lost). In Fort Lauderdale I was conducting a series of video interviews with the principals of large developers, architectural and engineering firms, and specialty contractors, and after the interviews as we made small talk I diverted the subect to politics. What I found, in the main, were undecideds. Other than declared Republicans, I encountered people who were wrestling with the Clinton-Obama decision. I discovered that one of my interview subjects, a renowned Florida architect, was also a Democratic mayor of a small Florida suburb. He told me that his wife and daughter were supporting Hillary, his two sons Obama -- but he himself was still unsure of what he should do as a superdelegate. I asked him how he voted in the primary, and he told me, "Hillary."
But nearly everyone I spoke to told me they get most of their information from the traditional media, and even when they said the Internet, they explained that they were just reading the traditional media ON the Internet (e.g., CNN.com, nytimes.com). In both cases they seemed aware that with the MSM they learn mostly negatives about Hillary and are swamped with Obamamania, which they don't exactly get but can't deny that the results are very impressive.
So I gave them all my blog address (I don't often do that) and promised to list some blogs that either support Hillary, have some contributors who do, or whose reporting is relatively balanced. Frankly, the left blogosphere has mostly "drunk the kool-aid" for Obama, so outright pro-Hillary web sites are not pervasive. At this time, I have to appreciate those blogs that offer, at the minimum, some perspective or balance. I've also decided not to de-list from my years-old blogroll those progressives who have let their anti-Hillary or outright Hillary-hatred-based positions run amok, but at least here I can highlight those blogs that will deliver some fair and accurate information about the Clinton campaign. I'm sure there are many more that could be included (I wish I knew what they were), but this is the best I can offer:
No Quarter (Larry Johnson)
The Daily Howler
The Democratic Daily
Women's Media Center
The Left Coaster
I'll just add here at the end, that I'm terribly worried, almost alarmed, that the anti-Hillary contingent among the progressive blogosphere is showing evidence of a willingness to fracture the Democratic Party if their candidate, Obama, is not the party nominee, while seemingly all pro-Hillary adherents are making it clear that they will wholeheartedly support Obama if he is, in the end, our standard-bearer. Let me say now, as I remarked to The Sage a few minutes ago, that despite my wholehearted support of the Clinton campaign, I will comfortably and happily do everything I can to advance Barack Obama to the presidency if he ends up as our nominee.
Would you prefer John "100 years in Iraq" McCain? Grow up.