It's been a long time since any presidential candidate has turned me on. I'm tired of saying about the Democrat, "Well, at least he's better than _____."
That sort of faint praise, which is what I'd offer Hillary Clinton or John Edwards, isn't what this country needs or deserves after putting up with eight years of George Bush.
Barack Obama is.
So New Hampshire voters, please, pretty please with an Oregon fir tree on top, give my state and the rest of the county a tremendous gift next Tuesday.
Another impressive Obama win.
I've tried to get enthusiastic about Clinton. I really have. I can do it for, oh, an hour or so. I'll hear her give a speech and like what she says.
But then the thought of her trying to win over independents and Republicans in the general election fills me with dread. Heck, she's having a tough time winning over me – a progressive with moderate leanings.
Clinton is too familiar, too predictable, too much a chip off of the old Bill block. Been there, done that. It's time for a real change.
Which is the problem I have with Edwards also. He's a political retread who still has some miles on him. But not as the Democratic presidential candidate. Vice-president? Sure. Bring him on, as Obama's running mate.
Plus, I heard his second-place "victory" speech after the Iowa caucuses. It sounded horribly old-fashioned, all that talk about his parents and grandparents working in the cotton fields, or steel mills, or wherever.
"That's nice," I kept thinking. But bashing corporate America and praising the working class isn't going to cut it come November 2008.
I'm tired of divisiveness. Much of the rest of the country is also. I don't like Bush's "you're either with us or against us" attitude. I also don't like it when Democrats or Republicans take the same polarized stance.
You [Iowa] said the time has come to move beyond the bitterness and pettiness and anger that's consumed Washington; to end the political strategy that's been all about division and instead make it about addition - to build a coalition for change that stretches through Red States and Blue States. Because that's how we'll win in November, and that's how we'll finally meet the challenges that we face as a nation.
We are choosing hope over fear. We're choosing unity over division, and sending a powerful message that change is coming to America.
Another reason I like Obama: he's the only candidate who can say "give it up for Michelle Obama" (his wife) and not sound ridiculous.
No wonder he got the youth vote.