That Creaking Noise is My Mind Opening

Ouch. I find myself having to give credit to someone I viscerally disagree with.

Koryne Horbal of Columbia Heights is quoted in a story in the Strib today saying “I don’t care” if the petition drive she’s part of — to get feminists to pledge not to vote for Obama if the full delegations of Michigan and Florida aren’t seated — hurts Obama and helps McCain get elected. “Let McCain clean it up for four years, and then we can have Hillary run again,” she said.

Horbal is a Minnesota activist, former Democratic National Committee member and co-founder of the DFL Feminist Caucus. Her position on this apalls me. Is she really willing to risk four more years of ruin to so many things I assume she holds dear and that I know I do — the Supreme Court, peace, America’s role in the world? Will she risk conservative justices overturning Roe vs. Wade? How could she….

Oops. How could I? I’ve become so disgusted by Hillary Clinton’s willingness to do or say anything to get elected that, hmm, I’ve also determined that I could risk four more years of Republican misrule rather than vote for her. She offends deeply held principles of mine — for one, that a leader should have deeply held principles. I am tired of voting for the lesser of two nothings.

Sounds like Koryne. She so deeply feels it’s time for a woman in the White House that she’s not going to give in — she’s going to stand on her convictions. She and I would probably have a flaming argument on issues such as counting Michigan results when Obama wasn’t on the ballot. I remember Horbal from my reporting days as being doctrinaire — and she would find me the same. We could argue about hewing too close to any orthodoxy — feminist or otherwise. I could quote the bumper sticker about Hillary I saw early in the campaign — “Not This Woman.” And we’d go round and round.

But here she is, saying “You have to do what you have to do.” And, from the other side, so am I. I admire people who stand on principle. Come November, one of us is likely to do harm to some of the things we believe in, in service to other things we believe in.

Things aren’t black and white, are they?

–Bruce Benidt

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