Went Obama/Biden (Democrat) on this one. Once Hillary was out of the race it was an easy choice. McCain can claim he's a "maverick" until he's blue in the face, but that doesn't make it true. If he's so eager to shake up Washington, what's he been doing the past 8 years, lulling them into a false sense of security?
Policywise, Obama is a centrist democrat; strangely enough, for all their reputation as profligate spenders, Dems are usually the ones who actually have a balanced budget (as opposed to Reps, who go on and on about wasteful government spending, but never encountered pork they didn't like as long as it's "their" pork). If the government is going to be spending too much anyway, at least it's too much money that's paid for.
I came to this conclusion well before Palin was put on the ticket; but if I hadn't, making an opportunistic booth bunny your Veep candidate is a sure way to make me vote the other way.
Voted for William Redpath (Libertarian) on this one. Anybody who cites as a reason to vote against something, "the government does not have that power under the Constitution," gets my respect and my vote. There's no way he's going to win — Warner has that race sewed up — but if you don't vote for the candidate you want, what's the point?
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Went with Frank Wolf (Republican) on this one. It's rare that I vote for an incumbent, particularly a Republican one, but Wolf has been there a long time and done a consistently solid job. He's neither a partisan nor a pushbutton candidate, but weighs individual issues and will reach out to the "other side of the aisle" when he feels it's appropriate to do so. My read of Wolf is that he genuinely believes his office is a public trust.
Every election there's at least one "shall the county contract a debt to spend on parks/schools/streets," even though the money rarely actually gets spent on what it's supposedly for. Every election I vote "no" on all of these, and every election they all pass anyway.
So, that was my vote, for anybody who's curious.
Usually at this point, you might expect a "Rah, rah, get out and vote!" message, but I'm not going to put that here. To be honest, my opinion is that if you need to be prodded into doing it, we're better off without you voting anyway. Generally informed voters are the ones most motivated to get out there and do it, and informed voters are the ones I want actually doing the voting. And the fewer people who vote, the more my own vote makes a difference.
Other people I'd rather didn't vote include anyone who thinks the Apollo moon landings were faked, anyone who is voting for McCain/Palin out of spite because they were going to vote for Hillary, or anybody who is going to vote for/against Obama solely for the color of his skin.