Saturday, August 9, 2008

Once Again, Why I'm Voting Obama

It probably doesn't come across, but I'm actually very critical of my support for Barack Obama. In fact, the longer the time I spend as "a supporter" the more I find to criticize in his policies. On the other hand, I also keep finding stuff I really, really like about his general approach to politics that makes me much more confidant in his ability to make good decisions as President. In the final analysis, I probably agree with 50-75% of his policies, but what really makes me enthusiastic is stuff like this: pushing back against what Paul Krugman accurately labeled the "know-nothingism" of the current Republican party. From Krugman's recent NYT Op-Ed:
What I mean, instead, is that know-nothingism — the insistence that there are simple, brute-force, instant-gratification answers to every problem, and that there’s something effeminate and weak about anyone who suggests otherwise — has become the core of Republican policy and political strategy. The party’s de facto slogan has become: “Real men don’t think things through.”
I really, really wish Obama would run more advertisements highlighting this side of his political presentation:

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