When asked why I am voting for Obama, I have stated my position clearly. I have been meaning to write a detailed post about it but haven’t gotten around to it. Not that anyone really cares what I think.
But they might care what other Republicans think (see http://RepublicansForObama.org). There I found a detailed post from Joel Haugen, an Oregon Republican who is running for Congress. Although, he may have dropped his Republican nomination in favor of Independent Party just a few days after he wrote this:
Wed, 08/20/2008 – 4:57pm — Joel Haugen
While my crystal ball may be no clearer than anyone else’s, I am sure that we need to choose a President who exemplifies the 21st Century and is not just an echo of the Cold War mentality. I personally admire John McCain, but I simply cannot see him inspiring the nation and our world economic partners to work together and solve our very daunting problems. My Obama support-decision matrix includes the characteristics of Judgment, Temperament, Charisma, Intellect, Adaptability, Virtue, Vision, Traditional Republican Values, and dedication to “Main Street.” Barack Obama is without question the superior choice for me based on my analysis below.
Temperament: Inside and out of the next administration, the next president needs a personality and disposition that does not inflame problems, but intelligently resolves them.
Charisma: Is there any question?
Intellect: Obama finished at the top of his class at Harvard while McCain finished very close to the bottom of his class at Annapolis; if there is doubt, listen to each of them respond to a complex question.
Adaptability: I measure this characteristic by a person’s ability and willingness to compromise to achieve a solution to a problem
Virtue: Obama’s choice to serve his Chicago community and forego lucrative options to apply his acknowledged skills, speaks volumes about his character.
Vision: I see Obama’s view of the world as deep and nuanced to reflect reality as opposed to ideology. I am particularly enthusiastic about his plans for converting to clean energy, improving our environment, and encouraging national service.
Judgment: Obama sees the world in wide angle and Technicolor, as suggested by his views on Iraq, Afghanistan, Cuba, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, etc. Even the Bush administration is beginning to use some of the diplomatic tools Obama has long been discussing.
Traditional Republican Values: Republican Presidents from Lincoln through Ford were strong advocates for equal rights, balancing labor and business, consumer protection, protecting the environment, a humble but vigorous foreign policy, promoting peace through strength, fiscal integrity, and unafraid of great challenges. A traditional Republican would never condone torture or cruel and inhuman treatment of prisoners regardless of circumstances. Dwight D. Eisenhower probably embodied these traits as well as any Republican President; I see Barack Obama in the same vein, although arguably even more inspirational.
Main Street Values: America is comprised mostly of folks from “main street” who earn their wages, work in their communities, raise their families, and aspire to create a better world for their children. Barack Obama has worn the shoes of main street. His values and success are derived, not from privilege or position, but through real life experience, hard work, and commitment to his ideals and family.
The opportunity to elect such a leader does not come around often; I hope that America does not squander this opportunity!
Joel Haugen is the Republican Party’s candidate in Oregon’s 1st Congressional district.