I attended an Obama rally in Orono, Maine last January. I've watched all the debates and his infomercial on TV. I've seen almost all of his ads online. I have read "The Audacity of Hope."
Obama is a truly impressive human being, a fine writer, and the best politician running for president we have seen in many, many years.
It is very important that he defeat John McCain, who would be dangerous as president.
If I were voting in a battleground state, I would definitely vote for Obama.
But I vote in Massachusetts, a state Obama is certain to carry. Due to our quirky electoral college system, this means that I needn't fear a vote for someone other than Obama will risk election of McCain.
This is quite liberating: any resident of a solid red or blue state can vote however they want, secure in the knowledge that their vote will not upset the result. Or affect it in any way, except to carry a message to whomever does get elected.
Which is why I am casting my vote for Ralph Nader.