2008 Elections: Barack Obama
Having supported Bill and Hillary Clinton loyally for two decades, we find it a little difficult to denigrate them for any reason. Also, we notice that our chosen candidate for the Democratic Presidential nominee, Senator Barack Obama, does not disparage Senator Clinton. If anything, he gives her kudos for her tenacity and courage.
That said, we're still firmly out of her camp and in Obama's. By some estimates, she has only a ten per cent chance of winning the nomination, and we're not gambling types but if we were we wouldn't put the mortgage money on that bet.
We continue to research Senator Obama's campaign. The more we see, the more there is to like. We prefer, for example, his health policy to Hillary Clinton's. We don't want a mandate. We don't want to be forced to pay for something that we might not be able to afford. Besides, why force consumers/citizens to give money to the insurance companies? Obama's health plan allows parents to insure their children through college. We believe our friends with children will find that much more palatable than being forced to cough up bucks to ensure their children have separate insurance policies. We like Obama's ideas about education and giving back to the community.
Most important, we like the fact that the first Black president of the Harvard Law Review, who could have gone to work for the big bucks, instead went to Chicago to become a community organizer after college. Whereas Senator Clinton went to Wal-Mart and sat on their board of directors, raking in the big bucks.
We have a lot of admiration and support for Senator Clinton but there are at least two things that we cannot forgive her for. One is her vote for the Iraq war. The other is her time at Wal-Mart, an egregiously abusive unionbusting employer. OK, one more: we really don't like the fact that she employed known unionbuster Mark Penn as her political strategist and adviser.
At this point, the only way that Senator Clinton can have the Democratic nomination is by back-room brokering that steals the rightful vote of the people. The superdelegate system must be abolished. That can only happen after this election. But under the ground rules of this election, Florida and Michigan votes must not be counted, and the superdelegates must not overturn the will of the Democratic voters.
All that said, in our wandering through the blogosphere last night, we came upon a blog new to us: The Field. Al Giordano over there gives anybody who wants to a chance to convince a superdelegate to vote for the candidate of their choice.
691 people responded. About 25 of them wanted the SD to support Clinton. The remainder (with possibly one or two exceptions) made their case for Barack Obama. It's an interesting read. Having lived through the past X decades of increasing political division, bitterness, polarization, assassinations, and all-around bleakness, it's difficult for us to begin to hope again. But Obama seems to represent a groundswell of a type we can only remember with the Kennedys. Take a look and tell us what you think. Stumble It!