According to the Milwaukee JournalSentinel, disaffected Hillary Clinton supporter Debra Bartoshevich – a delegate to the DNC National Convention – is planning on voting for Senator John McCain in November:
She said she planned to vote for Clinton at the convention, but in an Obama-McCain match-up in November, “I will not be voting for Obama. I will cast my vote for John McCain.
Said Bartoshevich: “I just feel you need to have somebody who has experience with foreign matters.”
Never mind the fact that Hllary Clinton’s foreign policy experience seems largely embellished, while Senator McCain’s idea of foreign policy consists of “more of the same” of what we’ve had under President Bush.
She said a series of controversial Obama “associations,” including but not limited to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Chicago developer Tony Rezko, reflected poorly on his judgment. And she echoed the complaints of many of Clinton’s most ardent supporters that Clinton was treated unfairly in the nominating process and by the party.
Hmmmm….I suppose Debra’s got a point, but what about Hillary Clinton’s own “interesting” associates? For example, Clinton took donations from three recipients of controversial 11th-hour pardons issued by former President Bill Clinton in January 2001 as he was leaving office, and let’s not forget Senator McCain’s association with noted anti-Catholic John Hagee and firebrand Rod Parsley.
But what I found most galling about Debra Bartoshevich’s decision to support John McCain is the following quote, attributed to her in the MJS’s article:
“No self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her – that’s by Susan B. Anthony,” said Bartoshevich, referring to the famous suffragist.
Bartoshevich uses that quote to justify her unwillingness to support the Democratic Party and its nominee, while conveniently ignoring the fact that the candidate and party she plans on supporting in November has historically ignored women, especially when it comes to reproductive rights. Perhaps if Debra Bartoshevich is going to use a quote, she should at least be consistent when it comes to following the principles it espouses, lest she look like a hypocrite.
But at any rate, enjoy your 15 minutes of fame, Debra Bartoshevich…enjoy it.