I hate being undecided. I have an opinion about everything, most of all politics. It has been an interesting spring for me while I struggled with the two Democratic candidates, trying to decide which one I favored. Since I've never lived in a state with an early primary, the decision of which candidate my party would endorse has generally been made for me. I am a lifelong, die-hard Democrat who has only voted for a different party's candidate once in my life (I voted for the Green candidate in the very strange special election for California's governor which gave us "The Governator"). In addition, all my life I have waited for the day when a woman would have a serious chance of being elected to our highest office. I've spent months unable to bring myself to discount Hillary because of that desire.
Listening to the speeches of Dr. King along with Bobby Kennedy (who announced Dr. King's death to a stunned crowd in Indianapolis that day 40 years ago), JFK and the Dalai Lama (unrelated to American politics but in the news once again as a great statesman and humanitarian) has made me realize that what we need right now is another great leader. Obama's recent speech on race proves that he has the potential to be that leader. We need someone who can speak eloquently and bring people together. Hillary doesn't have that same ease - listening to her speak is sort of stressful. She forces it. We don't need another divisive administration and I think that Hillary, despite everything good that she and Bill have done, is a polarizing figure. I'm worried about her electability. Obama seems to have the ability to inspire a good number of Republicans, something that Hillary just can't do.
Regardless, I am rather delighted that my choice in the May primary, which is looking more and more like it might actually matter, does not include a rich white man. I've been waiting a long time to make this choice, difficult as it may be.