Jim Kling (jkling) wrote,
Jim Kling

Here's why I'm voting for Barack Obama (and you should, too)

Okay, so I don't like to get political, but I finally decided it's time to weigh in with my own opinion -- partly because I looked at CNN's electoral map and discovered that Washington state is only *leaning* towards Obama. Leaning?!

Reason #1: Sarah Palin. If you haven't seen the Katie Couric interviews (day 1, day 2) by now, you really need to. Living next to Russia and Canada does not give you foreign policy experience. Stringing together catch phrases and buzz words in nonsensical order is not an answer to a question about the $700 billion bailout plan. If McCain is elected president, Sarah Palin could well end up sitting in the most powerful seat in the world. This scares the willies out of me.

Reason #2: John McCain. When he was nominated by the Republican party, I was pleased. I thought, 'here's a guy that I can live with as president of the United States.' I knew that I would prefer Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, but McCain seemed far more moderate in his views than the current administration. So if the Democrats lost the general election, I thought that the altenrative was at least acceptable. Then he nominated Sarah Palin to be his vice president. She is clearly unqualified for the position. So why did he do it? Pretty clearly it was for political reasons -- to shore up his conservative base and to attempt to win over women. This is appalling. He chose to nominate someone that he believed would improve his odds of being elected, with no thought for the awful risk of putting someone so unprepared into the White House.

Contrast that with Barack Obama. He could have chosen Hillary Clinton as his running mate. It would have immediately healed much of the rift in the Democratic party. It would have helped his status among women voters. But he feared (rightly or wrongly) that the Clintons at his side would have had their own agenda and made it more difficult for him to govern. So he chose Joe Biden, whose foreign policy experience (he is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Policy Committee) helps to shore up one of Obama's weaker areas. Senator Obama chose a running mate who would help him be a better president, not one who would make him a better candidate. That's a decision that was made for the good of the country.

And that leads me to...

Reason #3: Wise leadership. Barack Obama thinks ahead. His responses to questions are measured and soft spoken. He obviously does his homework. He has convinced me that he will govern wisely. Every candidate has gaps in his or her knowledge. Every candidate is weak in some areas and strong in others. The important thing is that a president realizes when he *doesn't* know the answer -- when to consult his advisors and listen to them. To govern wisely.

I don't agree with every one of Barack Obama's positions, but I trust him.
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