Friday, February 22, 2008

McCain v. Obama
Mike Rappaport

Well, I am stilling mulling over whether to vote for McCain or for none of the above (actually, I would either vote for a third party candidate or write in someone).  I probably won't make up my mind for quite a while.  It is hard to focus on the issues and not react emotionally.  Michelle Obama's outburst really does hint at what we might be in store for.  The Obama campaign can say what they will, but anyone who knows many left wing people knows she meant what she said: This is the first time she was proud of her country.  A spoiled child is never very attractive.

There are so many weird positions out there this year.  So Ann Coulter will vote for Hillary against McCain (don't know what she will do if Obama wins).  Well, that is not my position.  McCain is better than Hillary.  The reason not to vote for McCain is that the country may be better in the long run if Hillary is elected.  But I would never actually vote for her.  As my mother used to say about voting for Republicans, her arm would fall off before she could do that. 

Megan McArdle writes that she favors Obama in the primary. 

In the general [election]? I might not vote for Obama; I will not vote for McCain. There are some things more important than the economy, and free speech is among them.  I dislike the steps Obama is willing to take in order to achieve his goals of economic equality. But these are as nothing to the notion that citizens have to be protected from information because Big Daddy John thinks we'll get bad ideas in our heads.

Wow.  I think campaign finance is pretty bad also, but to think that is more important than tanking the economy or significantly increasing state control over the economy -- well, all I can say is Megan and I have different priorities.

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Ever since the plagiarism fuss, Obama has been talking about much he and Deval Patrick share a lot of ideas. David Bernstein noted Patrick's rather vigorous contempt for free speech at Would you be surprised to learn that Obama shares Patrick's views. The press has not asked, and Obama is not talking, but I would not be surprised if Obama does share those views. Remember, Patrick thinks free speech is trivially secondary to, say, anti-discrimination laws. So I am not at all happy with libertarians like McArdle who live in this little fantasy world where Obama will not be a threat to free speech because he does flat out say that he does not like the First Amendment.

Posted by: William Sjostrom | Feb 24, 2008 5:35:23 AM

There is no way in the world Obama would not be every bit as bad, if not worse, on free speech - and dozens of other issues. And with the number of wheezing old Supreme Court members and the likelihood of a Democratic dominated Senate, Obama could install 4 young hyper-liberal Justices so as to undo any opportunity to take the country back at a later daye through the ballot box.

Posted by: krm | Feb 25, 2008 10:54:34 AM

I find McCain to be despicable, and cannot vote for him. If he were not the Trojan Horse, and had switched parties as he once considered, I would merely dislike him and his politics, and would find him slightly less dangerous than Obama and Hillary. But you bring up a point about voting, or not voting, that is my delemma also. When I twist my own arm, I am forced to admit that not voting for President is one-half a vote for Bambi, or Hillary. I was prepared to vote for Hillary because I have confidence she is as ugly, artless, and disagreeable as I think she is. But Bambi is looking more and more like a Manchurian Candidate, and I believe there are twenty million voters coming out for him who have never voted before, and just don't care. So perhaps it is a moot point. It's a Tocqueville moment.

Posted by: james wilson | Feb 25, 2008 7:56:54 PM

McCain doesn't appear to be courting the Catholic vote by any means . . .

McCain's statement on Hagee, his new endorser, who calls the Catholic Church the "great whore" and "anti-christ" ...

"Yesterday, Pastor John Hagee endorsed my candidacy for president in San Antonio, Texas. However, in no way did I intend for his endorsement to suggest that I in turn agree with all of Pastor Hagee's views, which I obviously do not.
"I am hopeful that Catholics, Protestants and all people of faith who share my vision for the future of America will respond to our message of defending innocent life, traditional marriage, and compassion for the most vulnerable in our society."

Posted by: USD Law Student | Feb 29, 2008 1:53:57 PM

Hi, I am a Canadian and I want to make a difference. Please don't vote for Mcain. I don't know much, and i don't know much about him but what I can say is that between him or Obama, please go for Obama. It at least would make a difference in the world. To have a non-white president would be a great difference and would give people faith in the world that a country like america could be good enough to elect a coloured president. I want anyone but Mcain to win. I just know that he is the most like George Bush and cares most about Money and winning wars and such, and being liked. Please vote for someone who cares about the world, cares about others// had empathy. Someone who wouldn't want to "win" in life, but rather be just. Someone who doesant just care about saving people money, but mostly with saving the world. Someone who isnt trying to trick people into liking him by being a "nice guy" but actually cares, would want to make a difference. Please just elect anyone but Mcain.

Posted by: CanadianPerson | Mar 27, 2008 10:27:48 PM