Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Confessions of a McCain Voter

My latest SFGate column begins like so:
I have a confession to make. I voted for John McCain, and yet I'm incredibly relieved that Barack Obama won the presidential election.

Let me explain.

The past eight years have been defined largely by Democratic and leftist opposition to George W. Bush and to all things deemed Republican. As someone who rallied to Bush's side after 9/11 and supported him in the 2004 election, only to find myself deeply disappointed both in his second term and in the arrogance and complacency of the GOP, I've grown quite weary of the partisan culture wars. So it's with great relief that I contemplate a forthcoming Obama term in which Democrats control the White House, Congress, and possibly the Senate, and therefore have no one to blame but themselves.
Continue reading "Confessions of a McCain Voter"


Blogger ConnectingTheDots said...

Thought-provoking post and blog. Relevant to your comments is the fact that many experts have argued that Obama is a member of Generation Jones…the heretofore lost generation between the Boomers and Xers, now 42-54 years old.

I've noticed quite a bit of buzz about GenJones in the context of this election; I saw several discussions on national TV about Obama being a Joneser, as well as about GenJones voters being a key swing vote.

You may find this link interesting, my friends and I have been linking people to this page because we think it matters: it has a bunch of print excerpts and videos of big time publications (e.g. The New York Times, Newsweek, etc.) and pundits (e.g. David Brooks, Clarence Page, etc.) all talking about Obama’s identity as part of Generation Jones:

Thursday, November 13, 2008 8:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anita said...


OK, so...hi!

I am sensing a little of resentment because whites, women, and blacks have all had their day in the political limelight these last 2 years or so. I mean, a black man won the white house with like 2/3rd of the electoral votes. And really, if you think about everything Republicans did to keep Democrats and/or blacks from voting, I mean... this is an amazing number. If all Dems and/or blacks had been allowed to vote and all their votes were counted and the Republicans in charge of the voting infrastructures actually ordered machines and touch-screen electronic voting apparatuses (apparati?), President-Elect Obama (wow!!!) may have switched even more red states blue...but, ok, so McCain and Palin can have the 140 or whatever number they "won."

OK, so, back to what I was saying...I am sensing some resentment because women and minorities and seriously old people with borderline Alzheimer's and potential First Lady's living and breathing despite ice-cold blood were in the limelight and Sarah Palin even brought into the spotlight children with challenges and pregnant 17 year olds and their homecoming dates/husbands-to-be, too. And through Levi, rednecks are getting their 15 minutes and now dropping out of high school is becoming fashionable (a la Levi, probably husband-to-be-no-more). And Palin is pretty much second to only Anna Wintour (and well, now Meryl Streep in that Prada movie) in bringing six-figure couture wardrobes to the American people.

But, with this progressive election, with Hillary, President-Elect Obama (!!!!!!!!!), Sarah Palin, Michelle Obama (Superwoman), Cindy McCain (is she in Twilight?), somehow transgendered people fell by the wayside. Well, I mean, except for Proposition 8, which is still very much in the limelight because there are lawsuits flying around everywhere and that one guy who ran the Sacramento Theater (California's largest nonprofit musical theater company - what the hell was that guy thinking?!?!? -- who does he thing goes to see musical theater and acts and performs in musical theater?!?!?! He makes a living for 25 years off the blood, sweat, tears, and lycra tights of gays and gives money to an organization trying to take away their constitutional rights?!?!?!)... ok, so, yes, transgendered people still have not had their day in the spotlight.

But, Cinnamon, there is still hope for your and transgendered people everywhere! Not long ago, there were no M to F columnists at the Chronical, but you shattered (shattered!!!) that glass cieling and look what Greta Van Susteren has done for M to Fs on Fox News (Fox News of all places!!! ).

So, Cinnamon, hold out hope!!! After 8 years of moving backwards and the absolute shredding of the Constitution, give President-Elect Obama (AAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!) a chance to put the Constitution back together again, to repair the damage done to this country by W and the people in the US that put him in the White House (see - I even gave a shout-out of sorts to Katherine Harris!), and to bring us back into the 21st century, and your time will come. I believe there will be a MTF (or FTM) in the White House someday, and hopefully, you'll be alive to see it and write about it.

And as for citizens who finally have some pride in their country, just because Katherine Harris and the rest of the Republicans had so little pride in their country that they were willing to put W in the White House (and almost McCain and Palin) does not ever mean that we would hold it against you or that we don't welcome you into the land of the proud now!

OK, so sorry this is long, but I had a lot to say. OK, so bye!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008 9:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Sage said...

You're such an American Patriot Cinnamon...maybe you should get a new career now...perhaps in a different Iraq.

Thursday, November 13, 2008 9:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Trigg said...

Cinnamon, I hear that the Log Cabin Republicans are looking for a new leader - maybe this would be up your alley? You could be the first transgender leader of a major organization.

Thursday, November 13, 2008 1:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Republicans and the Right need to address issues not engage in character assasination to start with !

Friday, November 14, 2008 3:46:00 AM  
Blogger commoncents said...

Great post!

Would you like a Link Exchange with our new blog COMMON CENTS where we blog about the issues of the day??

Sunday, November 16, 2008 1:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anita, ummm, get some help for that hate you're carrying. And the paranoia.

Monday, November 17, 2008 1:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anita said...

OK, so hi!

Ummmm....I read that last comment, and I don't get it. I don't hate transgendered people.... I think it's kind of mean to say that.... And you didn't even post your name or, I guess you're kind of a dummy.

OK, bye!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 8:57:00 AM  
Blogger Dr. Waddlesworth Lumplevin said...

I know lots who voted for oBama just because they were mad at Bush. I also knew a kid who drank bleach because he was mad at his parents.

Maybe we should all commit suicide for what our ancestors did to the Native Americans and the slaves. Why stop there_ Let's blow up the whole world for what we have all done to each other.


rant over.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 3:58:00 PM  
Blogger e said...

I think the future reign of the leftist illuminati has given us a lot to hope for. There are huge expectations, this year more than most. Also a McCain voter, I have to hope that the decision I didn't make was the right one for the country, since that's what we're left with.

Sunday, November 23, 2008 2:49:00 PM  

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