Promoted from the diaries by James Richardson
The first presidential candidate I ever voted for was John McCain, and I'm willing to admit that, at the time, I definitely had some doubts about whether it was the right decision. This is partially because, having been born in New York and having witnessed the tail-end of his gentrification efforts, I was a Giuliani fan until he dropped out of the race (and therefore considered McCain an inferior pick for the Republican ticket), but also largely due to having lived on a college campus for a year and a half preceding the election. As a philosophy major, I'd wager that around 90% of my friends are liberal, and most of them are rather far-left by my reckoning. While I certainly still consider myself a conservative, I'd be lying if I said that I didn't wind up doing a lot of thinking about whether my political views were truly what I believed.
Even as I cast my vote, I wasn't so much worried about Obama winning in general -- I had a feeling at the time that an Obama presidency was inevitable. What I was worried about was that Obama would get elected, and it would turn out that he was an excellent president, as so many of my friends seemed convinced that he would be. What if he got elected and fixed all of our problems: stopped the financial meltdown in its tracks, managed to stabilize the Middle East and facilitate a bloodless retreat of our armed forces -- what if it wound up being a Democratic president who managed to get it all done?
Now, though, it's safe to say that my vote of opposition was worth it, because by my reckoning, Barack Obama's presidency has been disastrous up to this point. Joe Biden is as hilariously loose-lipped as I knew he would be as soon as Obama picked him, Gitmo remains open (which I don't have a problem with, but whatever), we're still in Iraq, don't-ask-don't-tell is still in effect, the economy is even worse (just how bad does it have to get before it gets better, Mr. President?)... I could go on and on, but if you read RedState regularly, these policy and moral failings and more have already been listed in detail for you.
So, thanks, President Obama. It's been a bumpy ride, but you've helped remind me why I am what I am -- a conservative Republican, and a very proud one to boot.
That's one good thing your presidency has brought me, anyway.