Friday, September 19, 2008

The Seattle Times makes an endorsement

An economic Katrina is shattering the confidence of hardworking, middle-class Americans. The war that should never have been in Iraq is dragging on too long. At a time of huge challenge, the candidate with the intelligence, temperament and judgment to lead our nation to a better place is Sen. Barack Obama.

Obama should be the next president of the United States because he is the most qualified change agent. Obama is a little young, but also brilliant. If he sometimes seems brainy and professorial, that's OK. We need the leader of the free world to think things through, carefully. We have seen the sorry results of shooting from the hip.

Read it all here.

h/t to irishamerican at Daily Kos
--the BB


Diane said...

you know, I know it's all "just politics", but it is all leaving a bitter taste in my mouth right now. I'm not at all happy with the tone of the election on all sides. I'm not saying I won't vote, but I am saying that Obama is proving to me that he's just another politician, like his pastor said.

Paul said...

I am fascinated and intrigued by your comment, Diane. Election season always brings out the worst in all of us, I admit.

I am curious about how you see the tone on each side, and whether by "side" you mean the campaigns of the candidates or the tone of the supporters or both, and what distinctions you might make between the campaigns run by the candidates and folks like me who just toss our two cents in with neither direction nor payment from the candidates or the party machinery.

I would like to know what Obama has said or done that leads you to believe he is "just another politician" and what "just another politician" means as you are using it? All candidates are, by definition, politicians but the use of "just another" carries freight so I wonder what you mean by it. He's certainly not a Messiah (that post has, in my faith, been filled once for all) though I think he is a very capable leader, one who can inspire people to become involved, who understands the world and our legal system far better than Bush or McCain.

I don't agree with him on everything and I have been furious with him (and probably will be again) but I see him as offering hope for beginning to turn America around again. For that I will work and pray.

My own tone here is often shrill. I care passionately about this nation and the world. I am terrified of combinations of corruption, deception, power, greed, and ignorance. I used to admire John McCain and as I learn ever more about him I have come to view him as unprincipled, dangerous, and quite probably lapsing into senility. I have great compassion for those whose minds begin to fail them and dread it happening to me some day but I would not, for that, cut any politician slack. I want the best we can get.

I will go after lies and bad policy with fierceness and if daily attacks on McCain are not your dish, you might want to fast from this space until mid-November. Senator Obama will observe restraints of courtesy and decency in challenging McCain (which is not the same as giving him a pass). I have no intention of holding back. People did not pay sufficient attention when all the signs were there that Bush would be a disaster and look what we got. I will inform and denounce.

Please do whatever you need to do for your own sanity and well-being. I would hate to see you beaten down by all this. (We will all get weary, but I don't want you beaten down.)

((((((( Diane )))))))

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Hi. I just came to thank you for stopping by my blog yesterday and wishing me a happy birthday.

Good news about the endorsement.