I do not, that is to say, I do not understand the attitudes of the voters.
Most younger people I know do not vote. This includes people even up into their forties, except those who have a Ph.D., and M.D. or a J.D. (yes, that much education). They say it is because “the government is bad,” or the government does not affect their lives. If pressed, they say that it is because they do not understand how things work. Someone, a minority por más señas, even told me he knew himself well enough not to vote, because he knew that as a voter he would betray the interests of his race and class because he was too poorly informed and too easily swayed by right-wing rhetoric.
In the meantime, there appear to be Sanders voters who will not vote for Clinton in the general election. I would understand if there were a serious third party campaign (I am not one of those who say third parties make the Republicans win). But so far there will be none, and there is a great difference between business as usual (Clinton) and the Republican candidates we have now.
I do not think the minority voters who support Clinton over Sanders are magically better informed about the inner virtues and faults of each. I think some of them are uninformed voters (voters of any race, color, creed, or national origin can be uninformed). I think many others are really, really concerned about how right-wing the Republicans are, and have gone for Clinton early on as the safest bet to win against them.
I do not understand the Clinton voters who say it is anti-feminist to vote against her. What about Sarah Palin, then? Or, is it “racist” not to vote for Ben Carson … or Marco Rubio?
Mostly, though, I do not understand the Clinton voters who think she is a liberal candidate, and that Sanders is unrealistically left-wing. He’s just like a white liberal Democrat from back in the day, from what I can tell, and I cannot understand why it is so far out to vote for him.
The most intriguing comments on Clinton I have heard are that one has to elect masses of women, any women, for women’s rights to get on the agenda, and that we are not likely to get a first woman president who is also a progressive. These things are surely true.
I, however, cannot make someone this hawkish my first choice, or even anything but a lesser-of-evils choice, so I guess that defines how I make my choices. I don’t think peace is unsupportive of women, though — to the contrary, if one thinks of women in the countries where wars are actually waged.