Crossing the party line

Being a traditionalist I’m going to wait until Tuesday to cast my ballot.  And I have decided to throw my top-of-the-ticket lever for Barack Obama.

I’ve been a McCain fan for many years.  He always struck me as a down-the-center statesman, and, yes, a maverick when it came to matters that needed isle crossing.  Through his many years in the Senate, my man McCain, generally did things the way I could see myself doing it.

Then he tapped Sarah Palin for his V.P. and made me question lots of things.

I gave her the benefit of the doubt and have carefully watched since her nomination to see if she had as much substance as style.  She does not.

Add to that my utter disappointment in how the McCain campaign seems better at dividing rather than uniting the electorate, I find that my hopes for the future of my country are best articulated and embodied by Obama.

I am drawn to leaders who actually lead rather than react.  Throughout this campaign, Obama has won on that count by a country mile.  In addition, I want my president to be a smarter man than myself.  I sense that McCain’s intelligence is at about the same level as my own, but Obama’s grey matter seems to have twice the neuron activity than I, or McCain, could ever muster.  I want smart people in charge… I’ve had enough of choosing a leader that I’d like to have a beer with.  I want leaders who are more comfortable at the lectern teaching a doctorate program than they are hanging with the guys at the corner bar.  I’d like to have a beer with McCain, I’d like to have Obama for a teacher.

Colin Powell’s endorsement of Obama a couple of Sundays ago helped move me towards Obama’s camp also.  Powell, one of the men I respect the most in the world, knows a thing or two about a thing or two, and if Obama is good enough for him, then me too.

Lastly… and as shallow as it may sound… Barack Obama inspires me.  I believe this nation needs some inspired leadership over the next four years.

So… Dad… your boy is with you on this one after all.

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7 Comments

  1. Posted November 1, 2008 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    At least you didn’t break your streak. Why you keep that fake R by your name of your voter registration card is none of my business.

  2. dhoggard
    Posted November 1, 2008 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    I’m removing it right after the election, Tony.

  3. Posted November 1, 2008 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    “Don’t leave on my account Barney”
    …Floyd the Barber, circa 1960′s

  4. Posted November 1, 2008 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    And just so there’s no confusion, I dig on you regardless of your party affiliation and the fact that I never get an invitation to the butt parties.

  5. Posted November 1, 2008 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    You’re a good man, Mr. Wilkens.

    I will not cook another butt without making sure you get some.

  6. Brenda Bowers
    Posted November 1, 2008 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Better take a good look at the Democrats and Obama’s tax plans David. As a small business man you will be hit hard. These are not my words since I am no smarter than the average on tax matters. But I have been reading what economists are saying. The New York Times I think you will agree is on Obamas side but they have run some real eye openers on his tax plan. And of course his tax plan is also Pelosi and Reid’s. BB

  7. ben Holder
    Posted November 2, 2008 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    “I want smart people in charge…”

    Then Mitch should be out on his ass and Goldie should not be far behind.