Well, fortunately, I had my fingers crossed the whole time.
One of the recurring themes of this presidential election is the affections of the supporters of Hillary Clinton. I shared a link a few Mondays back where Geraldine Ferraro gave a good overview of the different kinds of Hillary supporters and who might vote for the McCain/Palin ticket, particularly the PUMA group and a video where she explained the probability further.
My own contention is that if I was a Hillary supporter, I would vote for McCain/Palin in 2008.
If Obama wins in 2008, then he clearly runs again as the Democratic nominee in 2012. What that means is that at best Hillary could have a crack at the Democratic Party's nomination in 2016 (i.e., 8 years).
Hillary will be 61 next month. She would be 69 at the time of the 2016 election.
I submit to you that she will be considered too old at that point. The American people like the pretty politicians and we're in an era where youth and potential are highly valued, more so than experience. Obama and Palin should tell you that.
Plus, our country is sexist in many ways, particularly the superficiality whereby men grow older and become more distinguished looking, but women are judged much more harshly regarding age.
If you're a Democrat and just want your party to win, then you vote Obama. But, if you're a die-hard supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton or of a liberal woman president, vote for McCain/Palin.
If Hillary is content to be a senator, that's fine, but if she REALLY wants to be president, I think in the quiet privacy of her voting booth, she'll be pulling the level for John S. McCain. I know she gave a speech in favor of Barack Hussein Obama, but perhaps you didn't notice she had her fingers crossed the whole time.