I have been enjoying Legal Insurrection’s “Conservative Case For” series very much, with posts highlighting Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

And while I can’t really make the conservative case for any of the current crop of Democratic nominees, I thought this might be a golden opportunity to share a deep concern I have as an independent conservative who is a registered Democrat in California. I also hope to provide some insights into the Democratic Party primary race, which has been extremely contentious.

My worry stems from the 2008 race. Many Republicans were thrilled when Obama became Democratic Party’s nominee, theorizing he would easily be vanquished by the GOP candidate. Interestingly, conservative pundit extraordinaire Don Surber reminded everyone recently that National Review actually begged Obama to run.

My Republican friends were blindsided by something I saw clearly, as I had been following Obama’s exploits since his initial entry into the race: Voters were deeply in love with a candidate who had such a minimal record that they could project their own aspirations for good governance onto him. The press was a very willing participant in this obfuscation.

After the Tea Party’s inception in 2009, I maintained my Democratic Party registration with the 2008 election in mind. I wanted to be in a position to at pick the least toxic representative among those California would send to Washington D.C., especially as President. I still don’t foresee our state going red any time soon.

Initially, I was planning a write-in vote, as I really didn’t think there was a “dime’s worth of difference” between the declared candidates. However, the Iowa Democratic Townhall changed by mind.

I am now voting for Bernie Sanders.

The reason is that Bernie is simply a “Happy Warrior” for progressive policies. Don’t get me wrong: I will be voting for the Republican candidate in the general election, and will supporting GOP efforts once the nomination is secured (the level of my enthusiasm will be based on the candidate chosen).

However, if the Democrat wins the general election, I want it to be Sanders instead of Clinton. In my opinion, Sanders would be less toxic to the country. I do not want Clinton near any seat of power in this country’s government.

My decision stems from the sheer level of hostility directed by Hillary Clinton towards Republicans. I understand that she is furious that her scandalous mishandling of classified materials may lead to the FBI’s request for an indictment. However, she was instructed on the proper handling of secure materials and she seems to have ignored those instructions. There was no “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” that shoved classified emails onto her homemade server.

Clinton chortled when one of her supporters threatened to punch out Republican Trey Gowdy during the townhall. Clinton obviously thinks violence against Republicans is comedy gold, as she also chuckled over offers to strangle Carly Fiorina.  Isn’t that #WarOnWomen?

Clinton’s anger level was a common observation among those viewing that townhall:

Under President Obama, the tools of government have been honed to a fine, sharp edge to use against conservatives. The IRS targeting of Tea Party groups is probably the best example of the precedent-setting political thuggery that seems to have been established as the norm.

Now, imagine the power of a fully operational, conservative-targeting bureaucracy headed by a woman whose “enemies list” includes many of the people and organizations I like best.