Why I Would’ve Been 4Barack Too

The Super Tuesday is now history. John McCain had already bagged the
Republican primary. My speculation was correct that Hillary Clinton
would win the most delegates. But the race for the Democratic candidate
is far from settled. Clinton and Obama are still virtually in a
deadlock. The virtual tie of the Democratic primary reflects my own
indecision. I’m one of those voters who were still undecided pre-Super

The race between Obama and Clinton rages on. Phase four of the race includes Washington (my state of residence). The question is: Who would I vote for?

my answer to this question is irrelevant. As I’ve mentioned before, due
to my own fault, I won’t have the opportunity to cast my vote in time
since I’m out of the country right now. It’s my first time to vote in
the U.S. so I’m still not familiar with complexity of the primary
election. I never planned on voting as absentee because I thought that
I would be back before the Nov. 2008 election anyway. Also, I didn’t
anticipate that the primary would be this close by the time it reached
Washington. I expected that there will already be a clear Democratic
nominee by then. And I’ve already made up my mind that I would
wholeheartedly vote for any of the Democratic candidate (whether it’s
Edwards, Clinton, or Obama). In short, I blew my opportunity to
participate in this historic Democratic primary. Ah well. I’ll just
charge that to experience.

That said, I would now speculate on
who I would’ve voted for if I were in Washington right now. I would still
be undecided pre-Super Tuesday. But now that the results are in and
Clinton and Obama are still neck and neck, I would resort to all the
information and insightful opinions I’ve gathered to make my final
choice between Obama and Clinton.

As I’ve often mentioned in this blog,
my intuition points me to Hillary Clinton.
However, after evaluating all the intelligent opinions and political
analysis, I would’ve plunged myself into Barack Obama. Not because of
his policies, not because of his charisma, not because of his
rhetorics, but because Obama will *ensure* the win over McCain *and*
that he has less political baggage moving forward in his Presidency as
compared to Clinton. Unfortunately, Clinton is much easier to demonize
in the general election and even after, should she become President.
Late night talk show hosts and Comedy Central would have a field day on
caricaturing the Clinton administration. I find this a potential sad
state of affair.

In short, I’d buy the electibility and character
argument. Although I still maintain my opinion that Clinton would beat
McCain in the general election, and her policies are better than Obama’s (specially on health care), I’d go for the sure winner because I
don’t want to leave any slim chance that a Republican would win this
Presidential election (even for a more moderate like McCain). Their time us up. The evidence for their
blunders are all over–economic disaster, swelling
budget deficits, Iraq war, health care mess, to name a few. Note that I’m not
putting the blame solely on the Republicans, the Democrats had messed
up too and played along with the stupidity of the GWBush
administration. So it’s high time for the Democrats to take the lead,
change the course of America, and restore its geopolitical image.

I harbor no delusion that Obama will get the job done with his
post-partisan rhetorics. Should he win this election, I’ll cross my
fingers that he quickly adjusts to the reality of partisan politics.
It’s a battle out there among parties with mixed developmental
psycho-social values in a corrupted system,
not a "kumbaya" affair. At the *current* state of American politics, food
fight is the rule of the game
. So I don’t buy the idealistic tone of
Obama and his supporters.

Case in point: Check out this endorsement video from Lawrence Lessig.

have deep respect for Lessig. His presentation is very *persuasive *but
upon further reflection, I don’t buy some of his arguments. I think he (and the
corporate media) downplayed the policy difference between Obama and
Clinton (there are significant differences! — see this and this).
I also think that Lessig went overboard when he equated Clinton’s
strategy with that of Karl Rove. This is politics. Obama’s campaign is
no angel (see this and this insightful comment from a Clinton staffer).

I went ahead and posted a comment on Lessig’s blog to pitch in my two
cents. For some reason my comment didn’t get posted. Must’ve been
filtered as spam because of the links. Anyway, here’s what I said. I
suggest you follow the links within the links for more context.

for posting this video, Mr. Lessig. i’m one of those who are still
undecided but who would whole-heartedly vote for either Obama or
Clinton whoever wins the Democratic primary. your arguments are
very persuasive. no surprise there since you’re a kick-ass lawyer 🙂
while watching the video i imagine myself as member of the jury
watching you deliver your closing arguments in favor of Barack Obama.
like i said, very persuasive.

although i agree with your
premise of character (i.e. less political baggage on the part of
Obama), there are key differences in policies between Obama and
Clinton and i think you’ve downplayed this differences in favor of the
character argument. also, i’m still not totally convinced of the
"peace" argument. as a case in point, here are a couple of insightful
critiques of Obama’s post-partisan strategy.

Obama stump speech strategy of conciliation considered harmful

Open Left: How Barack Obama Misreads History–And Why It Matters So Much

said, most likely i won’t have the time and opportunity to vote for
this primary anyway since i’m out of the country and hadn’t prepared
myself in anticipation for a uber-tight race. my bad. so i think i’d
end up watching the Democratic primary from the sidelines, together
with Economists who think that voting is a waste of freakin’ time 🙂


P.S. here’s my personal take: ignore the rhetorics and follow the money.

Here’s to a more exciting election ahead. Go Democrats!

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