How in the world could a life-long Democrat from a family of Democrats possibly vote for John McCain? Mind you, I do not expect him to win nor even come close. But, I would not mind if he did.
It is my best guess that the recent 12 years of Republican Congressional dominance was an anomaly, and that a President McCain would be checked and tempered by a Democratic Congress. I fear that a President Obama will not be checked by Congress and that the lack of oversight that we saw with the fatuous and adoring Republican Congress may well be repeated by a fatuous and adoring Democratic Congress. I am not a fan of unchecked Executive power; and, after the last 7 years, none of us should be.
A vote for one person is, by definition, a vote against the other person. And, as I have said on other occasions, I do not vote the issues, because the issues will change. I vote for the level of comfort I have with the candidate.
You see, I just do not feel comfortable with Sen Obama. He is a man who had to learn how to be an American, and he retains what I consider a world-centric viewpoint. Nor do I like the hate-America first attitude of many of his long-time associates and strongest supporters. You see, the beloved Grandfather who taught me my politics may have been a former Wobbly who was so far to the left that he voted for both Henry Wallace and Norman Thomas, but he was also a soldier with Pershing, and a proud lifetime member of the American Legion. Like him, tears come to my eyes when I hear the Star-Spangled Banner. I honestly cannot imagine what would bring tears to Sen Obama’s eyes. I find him coolly calculating and strangely devoid of passion. I am turned off by the way he raises his chin and laughs down his nose at people with whom he disagrees politically, as if they are not even worthy of his contempt.
I am a former Navy wife. I live in a Navy town and count many old fighter pilots among my acquaintance. I know these people. I understand their instincts. I do not agree with most of them on a great many issues – but I would trust any of them literally with my life and property without hesitation.
Then, too, Sen McCain is a man of my generation. The only generation never to have had a President, we remain hopeful, convinced of the essential goodness of the American people, proud of our country, and certain that our best days are yet to come – that, in the end, we will always get it right.
Most of my close friends were Hillary supporters. Some of them will now vote for Obama; most plan to write in Hillary’s name as a message to the Democratic Party. I may still choose to do that, if Sen McCain chooses some right-wing nut job as his VP. I could still vote for Obama, if he chose the appropriate VP. But, I really would be OK with the idea of John McCain as President.