And since we added a vast array of talented co-bloggers, I have made no demands on them regarding supporting any candidate. If they want to, that's fine. Or not, also fine.
Pam & I definitely leaned toward Edwards. His views toward poverty, his apology for the Iraq AUMF vote, and other positions, all felt like the way to go. So we were sad when he dropped out. (Loved Kucinich, recognized his unelectablilty)
And while we both agree that we will support any Democrat (not you, Lieberman, siddown, shuddup) over any Republican candidate, our support now goes to Barack Obama.
Every Obama position isn't perfect except in re: Iraq. And clearly, Hillary is a smart, able politician, who comes down on the correct side of most issues. That said, it's about electability, (see: above). We need to elect a Democrat. Period.
There was a time when we both grudgingly felt St. John de StraightTalk was an honorable man. Sadly those days are gone forever. John, I'm really sorry that you were a POW during a war that I almost went to Canada to avoid. You were brave, and a hero.
But that's over now, and you've put on the robe and picked up the scepter of GWBush and his utterly failed Iraq adventure. And you've caved on virtually every issue that once made you a 'maverick'. You've shown yourself to be a craven hypocrite who only desires power and position, abandoning principles for politics.
And Huckabee? Nice man, sense of humor, completely wrong about most everything, and a budding theocrat who would sell the Constitution out to the Christionist movement. Might want to re-read the 1st Amendment and Jefferson's Letter to the Danbury Baptist Association:
"Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State."
Anyway, we'll support virtually any Democrat against ANY Republican, but for now, our person is Barack Obama. Yes, Hillary won the CA primary, but still, Barack's our guy. And lest anyone think I'm anti-feminist, I've had 3 fairly major surgeries in the last 15 years. 2 of the 3 surgeons were women. 'Nuff said.
Oh, and Mark Kleiman: you knew we'd come around.
And, love the red signs. Screw the idea that Republicans are red, Democrats are blue.