I have been following the news both on TV and online regarding the 2008 election results. I have to say it was very gratifying and inspiring to watch. As I wrote before, I was undecided for a long time. Ultimately, I voted for Obama who I thought would be better for the U.S. for many reasons.
It is not so much that McCain was so bad. It was simply because I found Obama more inspiring, symbolic, and ultimately more powerful to make changes that we desperately need.
In years past, I have leaned Republican primarily because of my economic views. But having watched President Bush and the extreme “conservative” elements come out of the woodwork, I found it distasteful. And having someone like Sarah Palin within the reach of the top position convinced me that I could not vote Republican this time around, no matter what my disagreements are on the Democratic economic policies are.
Like millions of people who helped vote for a landslide victory for Obama, I am both gratified and hopeful. This landslide victory should send a message to the extremist Republicans that the need to take a more centrist view and approach to issues. There has been a huge revolt against the presidency of Bush, the evangelicals, extreme conservatism, and his whole approach to government.
I am happy to return and vote Republican. But if they don’t change their ways, I won’t be back even if it costs me more money.
Outside of these reasons, I ultimately found Obama very impressive, admired his intellect, and presidential demeanor. I look forward to seeing what he will do between now and Jan. 20, 2009 when he enters office.