My Vote this Tuesday
That leaves a quandary. Neither of the remaining contenders - Clinton or Obama - have articulated a progressive domestic aganda. Both are center-right democrats on that dimension. I don't find either particularly trustworthy - Clinton because she isn't and Obama because he speaks in maddeningly vague generalities, seems dangerously naive about Republicans and too solicitously 'bi-partisan.' So that brings me to foreign policy. Clinton voted for the war, has been unwilling to acknowledge that error for what it is (a big, big mistake), and I am not in the least persuaded she will do much, if anything, to end the war and bring the troops home. Obama spoke out against the war - even if, because he was in no position to do anything, his pronouncements have a cheap-talk quality. And, although his set of foreign policy advisors dominate Clinton's, I worry that on this crucial matter too he will dash to the middle and find excuses for not ending the war. But there you have it, the slenderest difference. Obama gets my vote.*
* I found these essys by Gary Younge, Robert Sheer, Christopher Hayes, Ari Berman   and Earl Ofari-Hutchinson useful in thinking about all of this.
P.S.: Within minutes of posting this, my friend Susan Orr roundly berated me for my decision. It is not that she has any great liking for Clinton. Susan is a very disappointed Edwards supporter. (As a gesture of friendship I offer this link to Paul Krugman's recent encomium to Edwards.) But Susan thinks Obama is a windbag. I am more polite above, but our actual differences on this are minimal. We also agree that on domestic policy things are pretty much a wash between Clinton and Obama. And we agree too that our troops likely will be in Iraq for a long, long time (can you say Korea?). So Susan counsels staying home or going to the polls and casting my vote for Dennis as I'd planned. Although he has withdraawn from the race, we both suspect his name will still be on the ballot. I am tempted. I think, though, that that would amount to a vote for Clinton. So I still intend to hold my nose and pull the Obama lever.