I voted for Obama last Tuesday in New York's Democratic primary despite the fact that I distrust his rhetoric of bipartisanship & especially his habit of framing the debate on economic issues in right-wing terms. For example, accepting as given that there is a "social security crisis." I also think his health care plan, lacking mandates, is inferior to Clinton's. (I'm in pretty much the same boat with Battlepanda on this cluster of issues.) But overriding my distrust of Obama's rhetoric is my visceral reaction to the establishment of American political dynasties. I'm perfectly happy to have Hillary Clinton as my senator, but I don't want her to be president. I just think it's a bad idea. I even "like" her personally, insofar as one can like of dislike someone one has never met. But when I add Clinton's vote to authorize the use of force in Iraq and her general DLC/corporatist orientation, I did not have to hesitate long before pulling the lever for Obama. (And, yes, we still pull a lever in my rural NY county -- it's about time we modernized the voting system, but the state government is so corrupt neither party seems capable of meaningful reforms.) I am hoping that Obama, once elected, will learn to rumble with the Republicans & will begin to work toward a more progressive form of politics. Perhaps it is a vain hope -- I've grown pretty cynical in recent years -- but it seems that such a scenario is more likely with Obama than with Clinton. Those are the calculations I'm making, at any rate. I certainly don't feel any surge of enthusiasm for Obama personally, as so many apparently do; I do, however, feel a desperate need to remove the radical right from executive power & I think, in addition to what I've already noted, Obama is more "electable" than Clinton.