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Though He May Ignore Texas, Texans Should Still Vote For Obama

My friends at the Texas political blog South Texas Chisme feel that because Barack Obama does not seem to be running very hard in Texas, voters here should not cast any vote for President in 2008. 

I disagree with this view. Here is a link to the post I am referencing. 

Senator Obama has to make decisions about where to put resources. Texas is a big place with millions of voters. If the Obama campaign feels it cannot win here, it makes no sense to try very hard in Texas.

Senator Obama is a historic nominee and I frankly want to see a black President of the United States in my lifetime. I understand that many Democrats wanted to see a woman President in 2008. These questions of the race or gender of a candidate are not small matters. These are issues closely tied to our politics and history, and to the core personal identity and hopes of many voters as individuals.  

I feel Mr. Oabma is as progressive a candidate we are going to see at this point in our politics.

These things said, South Texas Chisme makes a valid point. We do not “owe” candidates of any party our votes. I have often said in this blog that the poor record of many municipal Democratic parties across the nation makes me wary of voting for Democrats every two years in City Council elections.

An election is about the immediate question of who will win the offices on the ballot. Elections are also about how we see ourselves and what we expect for the people who want our votes. Mr. Obama does not get votes automatically because he is the nominee of the Democratic Party.

Without forgetting the logic and virtues of strong political parties that serve as a shorthand to help voters navigate the large number of issues in any election, every voter has the obligation to apply his or her own standards to political office seekers.

August 5, 2008 - Posted by | Campaign 2008, Politics, Texas | , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Nope. He lost my vote when he let the Fourth Amendment go down in flames.

    And It’s not like my (and STC’s) undervoting the presidential contest is going to mean beans in Texas anyway, Neil.

    I’m willing to reconsider if Obama stops treating Texas like his own private ATM, particularly if he makes campaign stops in Harris County with Rick Noriega and some of our county executive and judicial candidates.

    Comment by PDiddie | August 5, 2008

  2. All our votes matter.

    I would like to see Mr.Obama in Harris County and elsewhere in Texas. Though for Harris County and Houston I’d like to see Bill White and some of our Democrats on City Council working harder for our Democratic county ticket.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | August 5, 2008

  3. how vain to think that some douchebag politician needs to come shake your hand or kiss your baby to get his or her vote. that is the problem, vote for who will fight for you not who will come to your neighborhood and blow smoke up you ass.

    Comment by bill brady | August 6, 2008

  4. It is true that we have 300 million people in the U.S. and it is unlikely the candidates can be everywhere.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | August 8, 2008


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