I was completely in the bag for Hillary Clinton in the primaries, but I also am the yellowest of yellow dog Democrats: my party wanted to be with Barack Obama, and I wanted to be where my party was. In the months since I signed on to Obama's campaign, I have become convinced of his many gifts that particularly suit him to be president in these times. Naturally, I have a lot of Clintonista friends who now support Obama for president.
Ten days ago, conservative columnist George Will took a cool hard look at the two candidates and came to the conclusion that what he perceived Barack Obama lacked could be corrected, but that what he perceived John McCain possessed could not be:
It is arguable that, because of his inexperience, Obama is not ready for the presidency. It is arguable that McCain, because of his boiling moralism and bottomless reservoir of certitudes, is not suited to the presidency. Unreadiness can be corrected . . . by experience. Can a dismaying temperament be fixed?
There seems to be a growing chorus among the conservative chatting class that Obama's temperament, that is, his cool and unflappable style when he is under pressure, trumps McCain's experience.
David Nather at CQ Politics notes that Obama and McCain were together on the Senate floor yesterday for the first time since the two men received the presidential nominations of their respective parties. Nather observes that each stood on his side of the aisle chatting with colleagues, when Obama approached McCain to greet him.
Katie Couric interviewed Joe Biden to get his take on Roe v. Wade and the issue of privacy in the Constitution. Privacy, of course, is a touchy subject with conservatives. The Constitution does not by name grant a right to it, but liberals cite the 9th Amendment, which reserves rights not named in the Constitution to the states and the people, and the 14th Amendment's liberty clause as sources that found an argument for an inherent privacy right. The right to privacy was a fundamental legal argument in the decision of Roe v. Wade. Anyway, Couric contrasted Palin's whacky and adorable answers with Couric's interview with the lucid and commanding Joe Biden. This is the result; here is a video from TPMtv:
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC/My Space poll sought the opinions of 614 newly minted voters, most of whom were young adults. The poll sought to determine their presidential preferences and assess the likelihood they will get to the polls on election day.
Early voting starts today in the great state of Ohio. No Republican ever in the history of the United States has won the presidency if he did not win Ohio, so we Democrats would be very grateful and glad to see 20 blue Ohio electoral votes.
John McCain likes to run around crying, "Country first," but the events of this past week showed us what he instinctively puts first. There are several accounts now circulating across the web that tell us quite frankly what we had suspected from the first, that John McCain's quixotic antics last week displayed a willingness to try and save his campaign in the face of crashing poll numbers even if it meant wrecking the country.