Saturday, February 02, 2008

Why I chose Obama over Hillary

For about a week now, I have been trying to compose a post on why I have been supporting Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton. I had a post almost ready to publish, and then Barack said it better than me:

"Democrats will win in November and build a majority in Congress not by nominating a candidate who will unite the other party against us, but by choosing one who can unite this country around a movement for change," Obama said, speaking as rival John Edwards was pulling out of the race in New Orleans, leaving a Clinton-Obama fight for the Democratic nomination.

"It is time for new leadership that understands the way to win a debate with John McCain or any Republican who is nominated is not by nominating someone who agreed with him on voting for the war in Iraq or who agreed with him in voting to give George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran, who agrees with him in embracing the Bush-Cheney policy of not talking to leaders we don't like, who actually differed with him by arguing for exceptions for torture before changing positions when the politics of the moment changed," Obama said.

"We need to offer the American people a clear contrast on national security, and when I am the nominee of the Democratic Party, that is exactly what I will do," he said.

I remember going to a Pete Ashdown speech early in his campaign. He talked about a segment of the Democratic Party in Utah that has been losing elections for 30 years. Part of the reason that they have been losing elections for 30 years is because we've been running the same type of candidate in the same type of campaign. Sometimes, you need to try running a 30 year old Jew who will run for dogcatcher rather than a 60 year old Mormon who you have to beg to run.

There is a youth revolution going on in politics. A movement represented by Obama. A revolution I hope we are smart enough to not get in the way of.


1 comment:

Marshall said...

I don't think it is a type of candidate problem, I think it is a type of campaign problem. While the Democratic party was being ran by the Clinton folks large parts of this country would never hear from a Democrat until two weeks before the election. Our state was all but ignored by the Clinton folks until a visionary like Dr. Dean came along and started asking why our party keeps doing the very things that gave us George Bush. The Clintons weren't asking those hard questions because as long as they were running the show then everything must be fine. I have a real fear that Dr. Dean will be out if Clinton is nominated. The Clintons fought hard to keep him from being there in the first place, I don't see any reason they would keep him there once they get more power.