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1. McCain is nominally pro-life. However as much as I respect Obama for being philosophically consistent (unlike most pols, he’s *for* late term abortions *and* against protections on infants born from botched abortions), I have a strong philosophical view that life begins at conception, and such pre-born persons have the right to life.

2. Obama entered the contest as a blank-slate candidate, promising his character as a reason why he should be president. Fine enough, which makes his character fair game – why ads on William Ayers is negative campaigning then is beyond me. I honestly don’t believe he’s a far-left socialist or a undercover Muslim, but the fact he rose fast through Chicago’s and Illinois political ranks without stepping on anyone’s toes or ruffling any feathers shows something more insidious: he’s a true-blue pol. I don’t think he shares Rev. Wright hatred of whitey, Ayers militantism or Khalidi’s anti-Zionism – but he’s willing to deal with whoever he needs to deal to get where he wants to get.

3. Coupled #2 with the fact that he would be a president with a Democratic congress, I doubt he would put his foot down and fight his Democratic colleagues. I think the risk of a undivided government is even higher in this case.

4. In as much as Obama has a choir of good (really good) advisers, that’s not good enough: Nixon’s advisers advised against price caps, for example. I’m far more inclined to believe that Obama would only listen to such advisers if it is politically convenient for him to do so – none of his team of economists would have approved the combination of programs his (a bit boring) infomercial promised. He’s too populist for that. McCain has a history of bucking the Republican Party *and* polls, Obama doesn’t.

5. A good example of such populism was in 2006 when Obama opposed any suggestion of regulation on the GSE mortgage banks. Such regulation, to be sure, would not have prevented the collapse of investment banks today by itself, but it would at least make it a lot less painful. Obama opposed it on the count of affordable housing, even if Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is completely unsustainable.

6. Not to say there aren’t any pea-brained McCain policy suggestions–gas tax holiday, anyone?–but I think for the most part, they’re better than Obama. For example, healthcare–McCain’s idea of moving the health insurance tax exemption to individuals and providing subsidies for low-income households is a lot more sound that Obama’s nationalization plan.

7. I don’t think Sarah Palin is a bad choice. I think Joe Biden is a far, far worse choice. The amount of gaffes he had made, if not for the overwhelming pro-Obama press, it would have probably caused his campaign to collapse. If Sarah Palin, a Republican governor, could govern a state where both parties hate her guts, while still being America’s most popular governor – I think she is far more capable than Obama or Biden of being president.

If Obama wins, I hope Obama wins by a shaving — maybe losing the popular vote, and winning just one battleground state with a tight margin. Because, with conservative charges of far-left demagoguery, that would make the next four years hilarious. For me, at least.

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