I'll give you that it's not necessary to like him.... I do need to trust him. I don't. I think his intentions are good....but he's in over his head....which I've said all along. I believe I'm right. He won the nomination through the efforts of many who wanted to attach themselves to the flavor of the week. Now Palin is the flavor of the week.
Palin is the flavor of the week. All people really know about her is based on her speech at the RNC, which was written for her, and which she continues to parrot on the campaign trail. Her "excutive background" is really quite unimpressive and undistinguished when viewed in the light of day. But she's a lot prettier and livelier than McCain, and she's the new kid on the block. How many female politicos have been beauty contestants and also know how to bag a moose? She makes great copy for the media--at the moment.
Outside of Alaska, no one has ever voted for her, so all the current hoopla, based mainly on her sheer novelty, and not on anything really substantial about her public presentation, may not translate into votes for McCain in November. She has yet to demonstrate any vote getting ability in the other 49 states. She's been on the national scene for what, a week and a half? Sure the evangelicals are ecstatic, but, beyond that group, no one in their right should be really enthused about a candidate they have yet to get to know--not if they really care about our country. It's like deciding you want to marry the lady before you've even had that first blind date with her. She's literally the flavor of the week.
As meteoric as his rise has been, Obama is not a flash in the pan. Nor did he win the nomination because people "wanted to attach themselves to the flavor of the week". This was one hard fought grueling primary. No matter how hard Hillary punched at him, he continued to pick up votes--over 17 million of them-- from all parts of our nation. He ran an excellent campaign which does reflect very favorably on his executive skills and his leadership ability. He did prove himself in the debates. He proved himself at Harvard Law School. He proved his leadership and executive abilities as a very successful community organizer in Chicago. He also proved himself in the Illinois State Senate where he cast over 4,000 votes and sponsored over 800 bills. Since entering the U.S. Senate in January 2005, he has sponsored 136 bills and co-sponsored 619 bills. In every situation he has been in in his adult life, Obama has distinguished himself. He has a very public record on a wide variety of issues--people know where he stands and how he has voted.
It's rather insulting to the over 17 million people who voted for Obama to imply that they simply wanted to jump on the bandwagon or attach themselves to the flavor of the month. He really had to earn the attention and the votes he received. I think people who bother to vote in primaries value their votes, and do not give them away lightly. Obama also raised over $400,000,000 during the primary campaign, that's an awful lot of people putting their money where their mouth is. He also helped to unify his party prior to the convention. Compare that to McCain who slapped Palin on the ticket at the last minute because the religious right threated a floor fight which would have disrupted the RNC--she was the bone he threw them to shut them up so the convention would not dissolve in chaos on national TV. Whether McCain has any real stature or clout within his own still very splintered party remains to be seen. He didn't even get to choose the VP he really wanted, and the one he got makes him seem even older and more boring.
I voted for Clinton in the primary, but I'm not denying that Obama truly inspires an awful lot of people. He is a man of very impressive gifts. I don't think he's in over his head in this race. Unlike the "Alaska Moose-hunting Wunderkind", he's had to prove himself in the big leagues, and he's held his own quite well. He is still a relatively young man which is why his resume's not longer. But his experience is not all that much different, or less, than John F. Kennedy's was at the time of his election. I think he's more than ready to be president, and he has the same youthful vigor and intellectual depth that Kennedy brought to the office--and those qualities are even more sorely needed now than they were 45 years ago. Thanks to George Bush, the next president will inherit a mess.
Is Obama/Biden a dream ticket? No. But McCain/Palin is a nightmare.
There are such clear differences between the two parties, and the two tickets, this year, that no one should have any excuse for not voting. To sit this one out is to be irresponsible as a citizen.
It's not just the presidency that's at stake. The next president may well get to make at least 2 appointments to the Supreme Court--that will influence our country for generations to come.