Thursday, July 10, 2008

No, I can’t

When Sho Dozono was running for mayor, I noted that his campaign slogan, “Sho gets it. Sho gets it done,” left a lot to be desired. Starting with the meaning of “it.”

As the Obama campaign has gone wobbly on us in recent days, it is now clear that its two campaign slogans, “Change we can believe in” and “Yes, we can!” are equally vapid.

What, precisely is this “change we can believe in”? How can “we” believe in it if we don’t know what it is?

And “Yes, we can!” begs the question: Can what?

Like many others, I’m finding Obama’s changes tough to believe in. Wiretapping? Revisiting his Iraq pull-out deadline?

I’m not part of any “we” that believes in those changes.

In short — no, I can’t!

That said, given the alternative, yes, I still can vote for Obama — but cautiously and without the enthusiasm I felt when I voted in the Oregon primary. Ironically and sadly, I’m feeling about Obama the way I felt about Hillary (and Bill) Clinton. It has to do with trust.

Voting for Obama won’t be the first time I’ve voted skeptically for a presidential candidate.

But I was expecting more from Obama. Something like … a change I could believe in.

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