Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Momma, if that's MoveOn.org, than I'm moving out

MoveOn.org asked their mailing list to pick Obama or Clinton for the organization to endorse. I think both candidates are remarkably similar and moderate, and I had plans to cast a throwaway vote to Kucinich or Edwards to "send a message" to the party, but based on Clinton's superior healthcare plan and support for legal services for the poor, I picked Clinton for MoveOn's endorsement and also sent a vote her way (I did send Kucinich some money for his House of Reps campaign, so I can sleep a little easier, except I can't sleep easy right now due to a terrible head illness).

When I told MoveOn who I wanted them to endorse, I gave healthcare and legal services as my reasons, too. Results:

Obama - 197,444 (70.4%)
Clinton - 83,084 (29.6%)

I think Obama benefits from the Ron Paul Effect (college students supporting him), but I'd be willing to hear a good argument. Here's what we get:
While I'm impressed with Clinton and believe she would make a very good president, I'm actually MOVED by Obama. In the end, I believe if Obama is elected he has the potential to bring the country together behind him. - Patricia S., Wisconsin

This country needs real, progressive transformation. Barack Obama is the candidate who gives us the best hope of uniting and inspiring the nation to move in that direction, while also restoring America's dignity and standing as a member of the global community. —James M., Connecticut

He was right on the biggest question of the era—opposing the war from the start. —Jacob S., Washington, D.C.

I support Barack Obama for the same reasons I support MoveOn.org: the more people are inspired to get involved, the better the outcome for our country. Senator Obama has demonstrated a unique capacity to inspire participation and to make public service 'cool' again. He is also sound on all the issues that matter to me and my family. —Liz B., New York

I live in a red state, and I see my conservative neighbors and friends showing a positive interest in Barack. They like him. They are ready to be swayed. And I see my Democratic friends and family members getting excited like never before...With Barack as our candidate, I am convinced that we can win in a landslide in 2008 and usher in a new era of progressive politics.—Desirina B., Georgia
Those are't really substantive reasons. Ah, well. Obama kind of looks like a young En Sabah Nur; maybe he can battle X-Factor.

No matter the outcome of the election, there's always one thing certain in politics and life.

Patterns multiplying
redirect our view
endless variations
make it all seem new


Chuckling said...

Yea, most people are more irrational than not, but what can you do?

You think that's bad, imagine what will happen when a virulent wingnut with Obama's speaking skills comes along.

ChrisV82 said...

It's hard to be articulate when one is almost foaming at the mouth with hatred. Also, it helps to read big boy books.

Chuckling said...

Difficult perhaps, but it's been done before. War hero from a losing war, sense of betrayal by the homefront, throw in a little race hatred and some economic devastation and you never know what history will barf up.

ChrisV82 said...

Hey, before you know it, we'll be locked up for being "pro-facist liberals" that are enemies of the state. Facism is a threat to democracy, after all, so it's best to clean up the facists. They're laying the groundwork, boy oh boy.

By the way, with regards to what you said at Roy's, single-payer is by far the best health care system. If Obama still supported it like he did in 2003, I think he would be my favorite of the two. Health care is pretty much the critical dinstinction for me, otherwise, I could take either, pretty much. Sadly, Obama has recently said that he is "not convinced that [single-payer] is the best way to achieve universal healthcare."

ChrisV82 said...

"otherwise, I could take either [candidate], pretty much"

Point of clarification.