I am not a lesser evil voter, by which I mean voting for someone because of who they are not. You won’t see me voting for Obama because he is not Bush or McCain. You also will not see me voting for McCain (like some PUMA’s will) because he is not Obama.
No, if you want my vote you got to earn it. Frankly, neither of these two elitist have done anything thus far to earn it. I will vote for Nader because he most closely resembles my working class values. He has had decades of experience in taking the side of people power over corporate power. I won’t have to second guess, if he gets elected, what kind of leader he will be. I know if he gets into the White House whose side he will be on, mine.
One misguided liberal told me recently, well I don’t agree with Obama on everything, but he’s at least better than McCain. One some issues that may be true, on others such as trade I am less sure. I am not going to argue that McCain is better than Obama, but what I will argue is that the Democrats will be far better with McCain than with Obama.
While not particularly my issue the Obama meme as of late is Roe vs Wade will be overturned with McCain. Well only if the Democrats sign off on it. It is a reasonable expectation that the Dems will have a big win in congress come November. McCain would be a fool and be resoundingly rejected if he put up a Scalia to a Democratically controlled Senate. I think there is a much greater risk of an Obama putting up a wishy washy nomination approved overwhelmingly by the Democratic senate who later votes to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
Another meme is if we let McCain in the White House he will put forward a privatization scheme for Social Security. I say let him, and the Democratically controlled congress will send it right back to him. On the other hand if Obama is elected the chance of a “soft privation” scheme sailing though both houses is highly likely. One of Obama’s economic advisers, Liebman, is one of the authors of the Bi-Partisan Commission on Social Security Reform which calls for an increase in the social security tax to fund private accounts. This is very similar to the privatization scheme Bill Clinton and Gingrich had in mind before Monica’s lips saved us.
The biggest threat of an Obama presidency is trade. All of Obama’s economic advisers are rabid free traders with Friedmanite connections to the Chicago Boys. This will be a good year for Democrats, but ones of a particular variety. Democrats like Childers who ran in direct opposition to free traders like Obama. He ran as a non apologetic fair trader who signed a pledge not to vote for any new trade agreements. Democrats like Childers, Brown, Webb, Sanders will be leaders of the opposition under a McCain and will aggressively fight his free trading ways. Under an Obama these voices will fall to the background as the corporate interests “rewrite” our trade laws.
The whole notion of defensive voting within lesser evilism does not hold much sway with me. But, if in a moment of weakness I was to partake in some defensive voting, I would pull the lever for McCain. It is certainly not because on any particular issue he is better than Obama, but as a whole the Democrats will become stronger, wiser, and a force to be reckoned with.