I'm in the exact position and I've never voted before. However, I'm definitely leaning towards voting for her because:
- She shifted left on healthcare - I don't care if she had this position 25 years ago. That is not the position she had when I heard her in the primaries, so shifting left here pleases me. Still not the ideal position, but a huge step towards Single Payer
- Same with education - like above, not enough as it excludes families making over 125K which is dumb. It also doesn't detail what contributions the family has to make, still a step in the right direction
- She is very strong on gun law reform
- Very strong on racial injustice and on LGBT rights
- Pathway to citizenship to illegal immigrants who do not have a criminal record
- Strong on green energy and changes needed for climate change
- Guaranteed paid family leave
- Voting rights
- Women and minorities rights
- Apparently wants to make changes on campaign finance and break up big banks
- Her working with Sanders shows me she is willing to go further if needed
- And especially, this - One open spot that the senate is not going to allow Obama to appoint. Three more are probably going to retire or maybe die. They are older and 2 are left leaning (83 and 77 years old) and one is right leaning (79 years old). It is EXTREMELY scary to think 7/9 judges would be appointed by Republicans, up to 4 by Trump.
There are other stuff that I like as well, but it's similar to what Trump has, i.e. reshoring whenever possible, fix our crappy ass infrastructure (bridges, roads, public transport, etc), taking care of our veterans, etc
When looking at that, one can see how similar her policies are with Sanders'. All the list above except for the last, most important point is for naught if she doesn't have congress come 2018.
I think she is a major liar though. She is also hawkish as fuck. A snake in the grass and a flip flopper. A panderer and a demagogue. I have not forgotten the quick "NO" for gay marriage in NY and how private prisons backed her. I do believe people can change and she might have been ignorant before and has genuinely changed. I will have to see it though.
At the end of the day, I'm registered in arguably the most important purple state and I think I'll most likely drag my ass there and vote for here, but I'll see what happens in the general and see if she will go back to her positions when the primaries started.
Which half of your post is rational and based on observables, and which half is your gut emotional feeling? What part is more important, and what part can you justify more with actual evidence?