*Most Liberal Senator, My Ass!
The National Journal, a magazine run by William Schneider and a bunch of political junkies who would have a hard time passing my Math for Liberal Arts class, put together their Senate rankings each year and Barack Obama was put at the top of the Most Liberal list by their measurement standards.
Note to Mr. Schneider: I've seen your methodology and it sucks. I'm both a liberal and a mathematician, and I know that Obama isn't really the most liberal anything, except the most liberal guy still running in the now two-person race.
Debra J. Saunders, token conservative for the S.F. Chronicle, wrote this gem of a sentence a few weeks back. " As Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said during a conference call, the problem with presumed Democratic nominee Barack Obama is that he never tells the left something it doesn't want to hear." This was written during the middle of the FISA bill flap, when Obama said something the left definitely did not want to hear. But Ms. Sanders is important enough to be on a conference call with Lindsey Graham (read: not very important) and he said something quotable, so why bother fact-checking by say, reading the front page of your OWN DAMN PAPER!?!
Obama's not perfect by liberal standards. I didn't vote for him in the California primary. If I wanted to vote for the guy I agreed with most often, I would have voted for Kucinich, but I wanted to vote for someone I thought had some chance to be elected, so I voted for Edwards. As for sexism in politics, the sad truth is that the most interesting women in the presidential race this year from a liberal standpoint were the wives of Kucinich and Edwards, the two Elizabeths.
As I often said during the Clinton administration, I'd rather have a president who disappoints me rather than one who disgusts me. And I said that before George Walker Bush put his hand on the Bible in 2001 and told the biggest and most egregious lie of all his lies, that oath to God that he would faithfully uphold the laws of this country. I sometimes wonder if it's just a trick of memory that makes me think Bush the Lesser is worse than Nixon. The thing is, Nixon had some positive achievements. Everything Bush and his cronies have touched has turned to crap. This really is worse and the stakes really are higher.
This country has definitely moved very hard to the right in many ways in my lifetime. Views that were once only held by fringe groups like The John Birch Society and the American Independent Party, started by racists and continued by creeps, are now stated matter-of-factly by elected members of the Republican Party on the somber Sunday gabfests. Obama's not perfect; in politics, nothing ever is. But if for no other reason, we need a Democrat to clean out the judicial branch of the Federalist Society traitors to this land, who would hand us an imperial president and full citizenship rights to corporations, with a secondary limited definition of citizenship for actual flesh and blood Americans, and still call this nightmare a Constitutional democracy.
That's why I'm voting Democrat, and I hope you'll do the same.