"We are the ones we've been waiting for."
Tomorrow is the primary election. I will take the Democratic ballot for the first time in years, and I will vote for Barack Obama.
There are lots of reasons why I am happy to vote for Obama. I do admire his accomplishments, his work on ethics reform, on loose nukes, and (as a state senator) passing the first law in the nation requiring the videotaping of police interrogations and confessions. When he proposed this law as a state senator, it was widely assumed that it would go nowhere, that it would never pass. Yet he masterfully worked with all of his fellow senators to achieve unanimous support for this groundbreaking law.
There are those who are skeptical of his rhetoric. Those who think that if he sounds so good, he must be too good to be true. It is reasonable to be skeptical of any politician. But I do not believe his rhetorical skills are exclusive of skills to lead this country. Indeed, being well spoken is a part of effective leadership. What would Winston Churchill have been without his rhetoric skills? Or Franklin Roosevelt? Or Ronald Reagan?
And speaking of Reagan, another key difference between Clinton and Obama: Clinton speaks of what she will "do" for us, and what she will "give" us. Obama speaks in terms of what we will do together. In this respect he is more like Bill Clinton than Hillary is. Bill once spoke of levelling the playing field, and making it so people who "work hard and play by the rules" could make their own way. Obama is not a savior, and he doesn't tell us to wait for one. Instead he says things like, "we are the ones we've been waiting for." That it is up to each of us to step up and make the changes we want to see in this country.
If there is any trouble I might have with Obama, it is on Iraq. Leaving Iraq will not be as simple as declaring that we are leaving. But I think he'll see that as president. And I would rather have someone in there who is committed to ending our occupation of Iraq finding the best way to get us out. Therefore, Obama is the candidate I trust to resolve this.
These are just a few of the reasons I'll be voting for Obama tomorrow.
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If you are voting in the Democratic primary in Cuyahoga County, there are several judicial primaries on the ballot, and if you want some help sorting through those, please take a look at this site: http://www.judge4yourself.com/
Of the several judicial races, I would specifically urge selecting Brendan Sheehan over Ann Mannen.
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Cuyahoga election results... I wonder how many days it will be before we know the results? I would prefer to be wrong about this, but I expect there will be a lot of problems tomorrow, first at the polls and then with the count.