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Hillary Clinton vs. Barack Obama

I’ve been trying to figure out what it really means to vote for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. Their differences are much more stylistic than substantive, or at least that’s how it seems to me. Republican voters have the advantage of being able to draw plenty of contrasts among the candidates on that side of the aisle. A vote for John McCain is a vote for something very different than a vote for Mike Huckabee or for Mitt Romney. With the Democrats, it’s a bit tougher to judge, so I’m always looking for help from the media.

A few weeks ago the New York Times ran a great article contrasting the economic philosophies of Hillary and Obama. Now George Packer has written a long profile of both of them that describes the differences in how they campaign and how they would govern. If you’re going to vote for a Democrat this year and you haven’t already made up your mind, it’s a definite must read.

1 Comment

  1. I agree with you about the Hillary/Obama differences being more stylistic than substantive.

    Personally, I have trouble finding any policy differences between McCain, Huckabee, Romney, and Giulliani. In my opinion, they’re all pro-war and they all want to increase the size and scope of the federal government at the expense of our freedom. Each of those Repubs talks about “shrinking government”, but their next sentence often entails the creation of a new government program they’re supporting.

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