July 25, 2008

I'll Give You a Topic: November 4

There is nothing particularly inspiring to me about either presidential candidate this year, and I am probably going to vote for the one I distrust the least.

As far as I can tell, they both have character flaws that would normally scare me away. But McCain seems to at least be candid about his: he admits his adultery broke up his first marriage. Obama, on the other hand, does not seem to be overly acquainted with the truth.

I have emailed both campaigns with questions about specific concerns, and never received a reply from the Obama campaign. I did, however, get spammed with fundraising requests. I can be reasonable: I'll send you a fiver for each question you answer, how about that? But the condition, which will be a dealbreaker, I'm sure, is that the answer has to answer the question. It can't be a bunch of political gobbledygook that never directly addresses the issue.

Anyway, my choice in November will be based on who I think will do the least amount of damage, and as things stand right now that choice is McCain. What will be the deciding factor for you?

Posted by Jennifer at July 25, 2008 09:00 AM | TrackBack


For me it boils down to economy, experience, and deciding which one least resembles the Antichrist.

Posted by: shank at July 25, 2008 07:12 AM

That's pretty much the same for me. I'll be voting for the one who I think will do the least amount of damage. That looks to be McCain. Obama has a core of followers who respond to him emotionally. That's scary in a president.

Posted by: Jim at July 25, 2008 07:16 AM

Least amount of damage is a good way to put it. Plus I'm voting for the candidate with substance (whether I like all of his substance or not, I know he's at least a real boy).

Posted by: sarahk at July 25, 2008 07:55 AM

Both candidates have an incredibly high annoyance factor. Right now I favor McCain slightly, but it won't take much to push me over the line to Obama.

I just don't know. They're both prime examples of the worst in politicians, and I'm hard-pressed to decide which one will do more damage. Obama has hardly done anything, and McCain has had decades to do hardly anything.


Posted by: Keith at July 25, 2008 08:07 AM

McCain, same reason as you.

Posted by: Rev. Mike at July 27, 2008 09:28 AM

I like Beldar's take on McCain

"Vote for the Grumpy old man"

Posted by: Pete at July 27, 2008 10:33 AM


You and I have had brief discussions after each of the last few election cycles (mid-year, presidential, etc.) and I believe that your political outlook is somewhat different than mine. Anyway, I was wondering if you had ever voted for a GOP candidate for president before? Of course, you're a bit younger than me, so your first vote might have been for Clinton.

To answer your question before it's asked: I have not voted for a Democrat for president since I've been able. However, there have been years when I have not voted for the GOP candidate, opting to toss my vote affirmatively somewhere besides the two major parties. This looks to be one of those years again for me.

Posted by: physics geek at July 30, 2008 02:59 PM