One of the arguments I've been hearing for Obama is that, even if he's playing dirty politics and engaging in right wing talking points, Hillary was for Iraq. Obviously that means she doesn't deserve our support. Don't get me wrong, Hillary made a lousy vote and it doesn't reflect well on her for not apologizing for it, but this argument just doesn't make sense. If Obama truly was anti-war, and I don't really give a damn about some speech he made before he ever had to deal with the pressures of being a US Senator who wanted to run for President, he should have actually been a strong, anti-war Senator. Where was this leadership from Senator Obama in the US Senate? If Obama came out strong against Iraq during his tiny tenure in the US Senate, he certainly did it very tentatively. And he certainly didn't come out strong when it mattered - funding the war. His war funding record is almost identical to Hillary's. Am I really supposed to believe that, had he been in the Senate before the war started, he would have been an anti-war champion? I don't think so.
So, in light of that, all I have to do is look at where he stands on progressive issues, as well as standing up to K Street and the Republican hacks who've been ruining our country for the past few decades. It doesn't look good. If it's not propping up right wing talking points, like how Social Security is in dire straights and needs to be fixed now, it's pushing liquid coal - which would be a disaster to our environment. If it's not praising Reagan as the right man for the right time, it's propping up anti-gay preachers in his campaign. He's sending calculated, mixed signals to the public that isn't of the sort a strong progressive would support. Hell, he's managed to get me - someone who never would have voted for a person like Hillary in a millions years - ready to vote for her in a mere 4 days. It took a lot for Obama to accomplish that, but he's worked hard to get me to dislike his candidacy.