In some ways I envy those of you who feel certain in your choice. I’m just not there yet. And I doubt I’m the only one, even on this site. On what basis is this undecided voter going to decide? That’s what this post is about.
At the heart of the matter, I’m a liberal. Because ours is a two-party political system—a duopoly really—and the Democrats have consistently been the more liberal of the two major parties during my lifetime, I am a Democrat. I freely admit, I am a liberal rather than a radical, but I do believe our system needs serious reforms. On the other hand, I don’t want to burn the system down. I believe in free markets, but with strong constraints to prevent abuse and a robust safety net to ensure that all citizens receive basic supports. All the major Democratic candidates are ideologically in
same ballpark as I am, at least roughly speaking.
As a reformist liberal, I select my candidate for president by determining which one can do the most to move our country to the left from where it is now, through legislation, regulation, judicial appointments, and rhetoric that changes opinion. Pretty simple. So I ask myself whether Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders is the person who, if nominated, would accomplish the most on that front. At this point, I still don’t know.