Well, not that I was ever an Obama supporter, but I certainly considered voting for him over McCain, especially if Huckabee were on the ticket. However, now that I am actually looking at what Obama stands for and what he believes, any interest I had in him has completely dissolved.
Sure, Obama is charismatic, a good speaker, and seemingly a good person but I need more than that. Last week I discovered his, if not support, indifference for partial birth abortion something that is absolutely unacceptable. Now, this morning I read an article by David Frum published by the National Post titled Hillary Has a Point. This article mentions some troubling things about Barack that further diminishes him and potentially makes him my third choice behind both McCain and Hillary (How can that be?!).
The first thing that sticks out to me is that Obama has pledged unconditional and immediate withdrawal from Iraq. While I don’t believe he would actually be stupid enough to carry out such a pledge, it is still worrying. Remember, conservatives demanded pledges from candidates regarding taxes and abortion, people take these things seriously. With such a pledge, if Obama were to win the Presidency and then four years from now we still have a presence in Iraq his supporters are going to be up in arms and may likely revolt. It could be comparable to Bush 41’s “read my lips” debacle. Frum goes on to say that Hillary has “given every indication of being a more responsible commander-in-chief than Obama.”
Further, Obama has agreed to meet with such despotic leaders as Ahmadi-Nejad, Chavez, and Castro (Raul version). And while I certainly think that our foreign policy can almost be childish regarding whom we will and will not talk to, these talks certainly should not be done without conditions and should not be openly encouraged.
Obama has consistently demonstrated his weakness and a lack of judgement with foreign policy. Perhaps he and Ron Paul should hook up. I still have a lot to learn about each of the three candidates still remaining, but I will be honest, if I didn’t already know Hillary and know of her character (or lack thereof) and just went solely on her campaign rhetoric, she would be right up there with McCain on whom I would support in November. However, she lost me well before the campaigning began, she is a bad person. I don’t care how much I may agree with a person’s policies, character and honesty goes a long way and are essential for my vote.
So while it appears that Obama is tops for character and integrity (but what do I know), he is third on policy and ideas. So apparently my only option left is a “hold-nose” vote for McCain, but I don’t know if I can do it. I may not be voting for President this cycle or will write in Mitt just for fun.
P.S. Zen, it is time for you to stop your silly support for Obama :).