Re: The Bloggingheads Election
As a libertarian who reluctantly voted for Obama perhaps some would benefit from my reasoning.
1) Iraq: Obama at least opposed it and says he will withdraw the troops...I don't necessarily trust him to keep his word b/c he's a politician but all I can do is vote on the position these chameleons take and his was better. McCain's chief constant is his hyper interventionist foreign policy and combined with his knee-jerk/off the cuff reactions (to the bailout, to Georgia, to picking his VP) is a scary combination.
2) The Bailout: If McCain would have actively opposed the bailout and tried to defeat it...I would have changed my vote. I would have been impressed with his opposition to the equivalent in financial costs of 6.5 years more in Iraq. He would have taken a clear action against redistributing our wealth to financial elites which would show he was serious about reform and spending. Compared to Obama's position of getting out of Iraq I would have gone for action instead of words. McCain would have had my vote and blew it (and voted for 100 million more in pork which was supposed to be his cornerstone issue).
3) Palin Pick: Actually I kind of like Palin as VP but I don't really care about the VP as much as I was somewhat appalled at the irresponsible (or "Mavericky") way McCain vetted her.
4) I don't think my single vote really matters much and in the end when given a chance to participate in an historic election between two pols I'd rather have the enjoyment of saying to my children and grandchildren that I voted for the first black president in American history.