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Vote for Yourself

One of those news stories that makes you want to tear out your hair in clumps:

Clinton-Obama Quandary for Many Black WomenClara Vereen, who has been working here in rural eastern South Carolina as a hairstylist for more than 40 of her 61 years, reflects the ambivalence of many black women as she considers both Senator Barack Obama of Illinois and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

See, if you’re a black woman, then obviously you want to vote for either the black candidate or the woman candidate. But which one?

I’m stuck in a similar conundrum myself. As an opera-lover and ex-Episcopalian, do I vote for the opera-lover (Giuliani) or the ex-Episcopalian (McCain)?

Identity politics isn’t easy, y’know.

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