Concettina Died and Other Stories of the East Side

State of the Union, posted January 29, 2008 at 12:35 AM

Hillary also has a good response here, but no video.

Bush is an freakin' moron. I really deeply do not want Clinton to win the nomination, but if she does, at least I know that we won't be faced with the kind of idiocy we heard from Bush tonight.

As we head into the last week before Super Tuesday, it's pretty apparent that I've switched my support from Edwards to Obama. It was always my intention to vote for whichever of them had the best shot of knocking Clinton out. But I should also say that I think I would have switched anyway.

I love what Edwards says, but the more I investigated Obama the more I found that there's a consistent, progressive story there, whereas Edwards seems to have had some kind of transformational experience in the years since he was a Senator. Before this campaign got rolling, I was set on supporting Senator Russ Feingold for president. He decided not to run. He's my favorite current office-holder. My favorite Democrat. My favorite progressive. He's got integrity, intelligence, and a practicality that I admire. So when I saw what he recently had to say about Edwards, I found it rather persuasive:

The one that is the most problematic is (John) Edwards, who voted for the Patriot Act, campaigns against it. Voted for No Child Left Behind, campaigns against it. Voted for the China trade deal, campaigns against it. Voted for the Iraq war He uses my voting record exactly as his platform, even though he had the opposite voting record.

When you had the opportunity to vote a certain way in the Senate and you didn't, and obviously there are times when you make a mistake, the notion that you sort of vote one way when you're playing the game in Washington and another way when you're running for president, there's some of that going on.

So, that's where I'm at. New York, obviously, will go strongly for Clinton. I am hoping for solid Obama wins in the South and mid-America states. And I'm hoping for a miracle win for him in California. If he can get the nomination, he'll be a stronger general election candidate than Hillary. He'll play well in the West and in the heartland states. He doesn't have 50% of the country already hating him, and unlike Hillary he's aiming for a 50-state strategy, not just an 11-swing-state strategy like all the Democratic candidates have had since 1996. It's time to break that unhealthy cycle.

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