Two weeks ago I presented my case for why I prefer Obama to Clinton. In the context of my personal endorsement, and in the context of which candidate I will vote for if Pennsylvania ends up mattering on April 23rd, I completely stand by the content of that post. In fact, even if Pennsylvania doesn't matter, I'll vote for Obama anyway, since a couple of my activist friends are running for DNC delegates under Obama's name in my congressional district. That won't be futile, either, since even if Obama drops out by then, they could still win. For example, in 2004 State Rep. Mark Cohen won a delegate for Dean in Philadelphia eight weeks after Super Tuesday (Dean receive about 17.5% of the vote in PA-01, ten weeks after he dropped out). Needless to say, local Philly for Dean completely kicked ass.
However, as a member of MoveOn.org for about seven years now, I voted for Hillary Clinton in their presidential endorsement vote. Why? Not because I think MoveOn.org should endorse Hillary Clinton, but because I don't think they should endorse Barack Obama. Obama skipped the vote to chastise MoveOn.org a few months ago, while Clinton showed up and voted against chastising them. No thank you sir, I don't want another. What kind of message would it send if Obama can skip a vote like this, and still be endorsed by MoveOn.org over a candidate who voted no? Certainly not the sort of message I want to send about the netroots and new progressive infrastructure. If you betray our institutions, don't expect our institutional support during primaries. Allegiance needs to flow both ways in order for an alliance to be functional.
It might seem strange that I would vote for different candidates in different places, but it seems perfectly reasonable to me to wear different hats in different contexts. Endorsements in primaries have political implications that go beyond the quality of the candidates in the primaries. Since the political implications for me personally and for MoveOn.org as an institution are different, I think voting differently makes sense. Also, MoveOn.org did not offer a "no endorsement" option, which I would have selected if it was available.
So there. Now I think I have voted for every Democratic candidate in a straw poll this year except for Gravel (I'm pretty sure I voted for Kucinich at one point, even if I can't remember when). My horrible bias shows once again.