ObamaAs I've said, I won't be voting for Obama this year. This is because I made a promise to the President about something. I don't quite remember what it was. I think it was over the debt ceiling debate where he was, as usual, willing to abandon liberal principles in the name of "bi-partisanship" that he would never get anyway. But if I were in a swing state, I would go back on my word, hold my nose, and vote for Obama.

I'm not the only one who feels that way. Noam Chomsky has stated much the same thing on the Matthew Filipowicz Show:

Between the two choices that are presented, there is I think some significant differences. If I were a person in a swing state, I'd vote against Romney-Ryan, which means voting for Obama because there is no other choice. I happen to be in a non-swing state, so I can either not vote or—as [I] probably will—vote for [Green Party candidate] Jill Stein.

I'm a little more positive toward Obama than Chomsky is. I've long given up on thinking that we could have an acceptable president. Obama is about as good a President as is likely possible. The best thing we can do is push him in the right direction. And on domestic issues he is clearly superior to the Republicans.

This doesn't mean that I'm happy with the Democrats. In fact, today's news that Democrats in the Senate are reconsidering the horrible Bowles-Simpson chairmen's report is greatly disturbing. The DNC kind of won me back. But more of this bullshit and I will be gone for good.