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Why I voted for Obama


I have strong political opinions, but I don’t talk about them much. I don’t pretend to know much about politics. Technology yes; business, yes; politics no.

I do know, however, that the country can’t afford another four years of government that resembles in the slightest what we’ve been subjected to for the last eight years.

Mea culpa. I voted for Bush. Twice. My excuse is that I really disliked the Democratic alternatives.

But now, after years of good men and women dying for no good reason in Iraq; after an economy that’s had been run into the ground by a pro-business administration that seems to have no clue about how to actually run businesses; and a government that runs over and around Constitutional liberties whenever it suits it, I’ve had enough.

In 2000, I supported McCain. In 2008, McCain has passed his ‘elect-by’ date. He simply seems to have lost his edge. He’s no maverick. He’s just another guy going along with Bush. This country can’t afford that.

As for Sarah Palin, what can I say. Personally, I like Sarah. But, as a potential president for the United States? I, a truly frightening thought, would make a better president. She simply doesn’t have the wits or the experience for the job.

As for Obama. I know I like him. But, I distrust likable politicians. Clinton and Kennedy were likable, Both were mediocre, at best, presidents.

On the other hand, Obama is bright and he’s not going to follow in George W. Bush’s footsteps. I think, I hope, he has the right stuff to be a good, perhaps even a great president.

Obama also doesn’t have much of a track-record. Still, he’s appears to me to be the best candidate, who’s made it to the national election level, in decades. I hope he lives up to his promise. We’re going to need a great president. I just wish I had more than hope to rely on, but hope, in 2008, is all I really have to go on.


  1. Steven,

    You are one of my favorite journalists and still you voted for Obama. I guess we will just have to agree to disagree.
    One thing is for sure, your taxes and my taxes will go up assuming Obama wins the election. I could say more, but I think that it is more appropriate that we stick to the virtues of Linux and Open Source solutions. Thanks for all the great articles and keeping us up to data on the increasing growth Linux in the market place and all things related to it.

  2. I have been trying to forget the huge mistake we just made in this election by reading a few of my favorite tech blogs. Then I read this.

    Steven I enjoy the information you provide about Linux and open source issues but your political opinions about this election make me want to throw my keyboard across the room. I need some comfort reading today not more drivel on our mistake.

  3. I have always thought that it is better for technical bloggers to leave out politics, or to put their political opinions in another forum. For example, I think Roughly Drafted diminishes his technical message by mixing it with politics.

    But right now, in the case of this post of yours, I don’t feel this way so strongly. Perhaps it is because of the moment, and also because I’ve only recently started to read you regularly, and I feel I’m getting to know you. There is a personal connection is reading blogs, one of their appealing features, and this post about the election helps me know you better.

    Anyway, keep up the good work. I always enjoy reading your thoughts.

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