.... I have, due to my absolute conviction that McCain and Mayor Moosehead would be a disaster....been straining to like and trust Obama. I can't. It's that simple. Anyone who thinks I'm wimping out or whatever....bon appetit.
If you are absolutely certain that McCain/Palin would be a disaster for the country, but are merely uncertain, or ambivalent, about Obama/Biden, you really do have a choice, albeit a very imperfect one. Because if you don't vote for Obama/Biden, you are helping to elect two people you believe will be terrible for our country. Our country is not in good shape now, and I'm not sure you should wimp out when you feel that one side is clearly worse than the other.
Voting for Obama may be crap shoot, but a crap shoot has better odds of success than a certain disaster. He has shown very impressive abilities of leadership in his primary race, and he has shown reasonable flexibility in his thinking. He is an extremely intelligent man who is likely to surround himself with very good advisors once in office. I'll put my faith and trust in that.
The president does not run things by himself, a great deal has to do with the people he surrounds himself with, as well as his willingness to listen to them. Obama does appear to be a good listener and a man of reasoned judgment. You already agree with his VP pick. McCain, judging by whom he picked as his running mate, has aleady told us he will pander to the most divisive elements in his own party, the people who most adore Bush and the mentality Bush represents. She was chosen on the basis of political expediency, not because she was the best choice to serve as VP, and she's blatantly unqualified to become president, if that were ever necessary. If the possibility of having Palin as president of the U.S. really frightens you, you should do what you can to prevent that from happening--which means you should vote. Bush told us a lot about what was coming when he put Dick Cheney on his ticket. McCain is also telling us something with Palin.
And you still have two months to make up your mind. I think the debates this year will be particularly helpful in separating the political rhetoric from the candidates' positions on specific issues. They have quite different views of how to solve the major problems facing the country. There are significant differences between them. You don't have to really like either of them, but it is crazy not to vote when you feel that one of them will definitely be a disaster. Should that one win, you will be kicking yourself the day after the election--and you will be stuck with him, and the consequences, for the next four years..