Four years ago today, I wrote, "When is Obama going to run for president? We need a dynamic new kind of leader and my money is on him." Granted, I didn't really know much about the guy four years ago. I was simply excited about who he was and the newness of it all.
Over the past 18 months, we've all gotten to know him and what he believes and what he's about. And I've grown to like him more. In February, the all important official Listmaker endorsement went to Obama.
Tomorrow is the big day. Fresh off my correct prediction of the Phillies winning the World Series, I'm feeling cocky. I predict that Obama is going to win quite comfortably - like 350 electoral votes comfortably. He's run a much better campaign than McCain has run. In retrospect, it makes sense that Bush won in '04 - his campaign was much much better. McCain is not going to win tomorrow.
The only thing that worries me is that I personally know a number of Democrats/Independents who voted for Kerry in '04 who either aren't voting this time or are voting for Nader. If I know a few, what does that say about the possibility that many people will refuse to vote for Obama because he's too "slick", too inexperienced, or an "empty suit."
I voted Nader in 2000 but I won't be drinking that Kool Aid again. Sure, in a perfect world, I'd like the gov't to stand up to corporations and move more to the left. I'd love to see a viable third party develop. But guess what, that's not going to happen. At least not by tomorrow.
Go ahead sit this one out. Vote for Nader. Hell, even vote for McCain if that feels good. But while in the voting booth, I hope people at least ponder the question of what sort of Supreme Court justices they'd like to see appointed in the next few years and decide which of the two major candidates they'd like to see in the White House. Sure, Obama is way too centrist for many but you can be damn sure that if McCain is president, our country is going to move that much further to the right.
Me? I finally get my chance to vote for Obama in a neighborhood that loves him. And I can't wait.
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