By John Devlin of Portland, Oregon. John is a trial lawyer and coaches the mock trial team at Lakeridge High School. More info here.
The selection of Joe Biden, and the impending Democractic convention, has renewed the complaints of unhappy Democrats who don't like Obama, or don't like Biden, or wanted Hillary or Kucinich or someone else to be on the ticket.
Here's the thing -- the only goal of a Presidential election is to have your party win the election. I am a Democrat, although I toyed for years with being an independent. I want the Democratic candidate to win the 2008 Presidential election because I think the country will be better off under his policies.
I don't think Obama is the best person in the world. I don't think John McCain is the worst person in the world. I don't have to think those things. I just have to think that Obama's policies are better than McCain's policies. How could anyone who reads this website not reach that conclusion?
So here's a challenge for unhappy Democrats. Make a list of the 10 worst things about the Bush Administration -- the war, torture, extraordinary rendition, Katrina, the economy, DOJ politicization, rampant corruption, global warming denials, Roberts/Alito, the list goes on and on. Write down your 10 lowlights.
Now look at your list. How many would have happened under Obama? How many would have happened under McCain?
If that doesn't convince you, what will?
There are only 65 days left until Election Day. 65 days to make sure that a Democrat becomes President and starts to fix the damage to our country. Let's not spend another minute any topic that does not further that goal.
(By the way, near the top of my list is the fact that a McCain presidency means, in all likelihood, a hard-right majority on the Supreme Court for the next three decades.)