It’s Feb. 5 and it’s thundering and lightning outside this morning. A portentous start for a day of politcos and pundits, even though the returns won’t come in until this evening. I will have to find something to preoccupy me, like cleaning the bathroom or exercising, something physical to take my attention and anxiety away from the primaries. I’m a hopeless junkie.
For anyone who is reading and still can’t decide who to vote for, let me give you 10 reasons to vote for Obama:
- He’s got a wry sense of humor, which always signals great intelligence.
- He brings out the best in Andrew Sullivan’s writing.
- He’s neither Baby Boomer nor Gen Xer, which means he’s part of that fringe generation, like me and my friends.
- He eschews partisan politics—one of the most important qualities that other campaigns just don’t get. I never thought I’d quote Tucker Carlson, but as he said, “Obama doesn’t hate me.”
- The book he’d take with him to the White House is Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals. Telling insight into the kind of cabinet he would build.
- I’m confident that if both my parents were alive today, they would be voting for him, marking the first time they ever agreed on anything.
- He is, perhaps, the greatest orator of our time. Great orators have great minds. Look at history: Lincoln, Roosevelt, Churchill, Kennedy.
- He was against the war from the beginning, rejecting political convenience in favor of conscience.
- He is not a Bush or a Clinton.
- He comes not from a town called Hope but a spirit called Hope.
If you live in a primary state today, go vote. Make history.