The case for Senator Clinton comes down to one word - triangulation
Triangulation, sometimes called the Third Way, was the governing philosophy of President Clinton during his eight years in the White House. (In fact, I would suggest that triangulation has been the governing philosophy in Washington DC for 20 years now, including both Bush presidencies as well as Clinton's.) When he triangulated, Bill Clinton would attempt to stay between and above the political fray among conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats. (For those of you who have read A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren, this sounds suspiciously like Neo's approach to theology.)
President Clinton was constantly criticized for governing by the polls, for focus grouping everything, and for being more concerned with his own power rather than the advancement of a particular ideology. While these are legitimate criticisms, we have to admit that the practical effect of triangulation wasn't all bad. It was only half bad, by definition.
Certainly, triangulation brought us a moderate tax increase, don't ask don't tell, and a dismal response to Islamic terrorism. But on the other hand, it also brought us:
A Balanced Budget
The Defense of Marriage Act
More than anything, the disgust for the Clintons by many people - I think - has more to do with their personalities and scandals than it does with anything they have actually accomplished in elected office.
If Senator Clinton governs like her husband did, I am forced to say that there could be a lot worse. Triangulation provides an opportunity for a strong, conservative leader (like Newt Gingrich was in the Nineties) to actually advance the conservative agenda even with a "liberal" in the White House.
Will she triangulate? I am not sure. Certainly, she supports some very liberal things, not the least of which is her plan to socialize health care. But she also has been supportive of the war against terror (I'm talking here about her actual voting, not her rhetoric). She also is proposing tax cuts on her website. Is that enough to suggest that she will govern by triangulation? I don't know. I suppose we won't know until she articulates this philosophy (which won't happen until the general election with such an ideological opponent in the primary as Senator Obama is) or until she is actually in office and has to govern. It's a gamble.
So ... if I was going to vote for Mrs. Clinton, I would do so for one primary reason - triangulation.