A Change of Heart


About a year ago, I stepped into the electoral morass and made a post tittled “the ridiculousness of Obama“.  It was my first strike attempt to steer voters toward the Clinton Camp, as I saw it as the best opportunity for gay men and women to be taken seriouslt, considered and included.  As time has past my main complaint with both Democratic Front Runners was ‘where’s the beef’!  Why are we so unaware of what they’d actually do for any of us here in the U.S.?  Now as the States are completing the primaries and making their decisions as well as their mandates; the candidates are stepping up to the plate. 

The second point that held me back from committing to either were the lack of a information on  possible running mates.  Clinton… you get nothing.  Obama… the choices are becoming clearer and the favorables are making me warm to this man in striking ways that have made me take another look at the total package. 

In his open letter to Gay Americans and via Andrew Sullivan Daily Dish; Obama wrote: “As your President, I will use the bully pulpit to urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws. I personally believe that civil unions represent the best way to secure that equal treatment. But I also believe that the federal government should not stand in the way of states that want to decide on their own how best to pursue equality for gay and lesbian couples — whether that means a domestic partnership, a civil union, or a civil marriage.” Whether or not he means it… at least someone in his camp is clear enough of thought to cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s.

And then there’s the comforting speculation via the NY Observer that former Gov. Mark R. Warner could become his running mate.  This could possibly be our best bet for victory in a general election over John McCain.  Mark Warner has set his sites on a seat in the house, but could still join the campaign as early as Mid-March.  He has the executive branch and world stage experience I’ve always felt Obama lacked,and that our futures couldn’t wait for him to glean while in office.  Warner’s business background—he amassed a fortune investing in technology companies- would boost the ticket’s credibility on the subject. And as a centrist with a knack for winning Republican support his presence could make Obama viable even in the Southern states.

More to the point, Warner and Obama are in many ways cut from the same stylistic cloth. They’re both believers in a less ideological, future-vs.-past type of politics. Warner’s signature gubernatorial achievement was a tax reform package that raised rates for some in order to preserve the state’s bond rating and to create new revenue for public education. In a tax-phobic state, he enlisted crucial support from business leaders and Republicans—to push the plan through the Legislature.

Senator Obama has won me over and is proving to make the right moves to build a team that can build concensus  I find myself moving toward Camp Obama with a clear sense of purpose and actual hope that I’ll find my place at the table outsideof the rare air of my NYC Republican roots.

Game on.


One Response

  1. I remain a Clinton supporter, but I think the race is essentially over already.

    I don’t think Obama will have any trouble dispatching McCain in the general. I really don’t think he needs Warner’s help, though. While I agree that the Presidency is the big prize, Warner’s the closest thing there is to a lock on picking up a seat in the Senate (he’s not running for the House). If he runs for VP, that’s one more Senate seat that stays red.

    And after the fallout in the Governer’s mansion here in NY, the backlash will sweep Clinton out the door. Let’s face it; relying on the next State’s to vote- not wanting a black man over a republican or a Clinton will change with the most recent events. If we don’t find out Ms. McCain is a trannie, it’s all over. (and thanks for catching the mistake)

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