The Libertarian in me wants to vote for Ron Paul. He has no chance of winning, and has some pretty extreme views on some things, but honestly, I like the idea of the federal government staying out of my business as much as possible.
The old-school Republican in me wants to vote for John McCain...I really wanted him to get the nomination 8 years ago....although I confess that the old guard Republicans haven't done a lot to inspire a lot of confidence from me lately.
The Democrat in me -- the one that doesn't like the super-Christian my values must be your values line -- wants to vote on the Democratic ballot. I honestly like most of Hilary's views on economic policy...but can't bring myself to vote for her. Do I really want the possibility of having 28 years of Bush's and Clinton's in the White House defining the early part of my life?
From a selfish standpoint, I'd like Obama to win. His foreign policy scares me a little, but I like his fire and passion...and leadership. Leadership is certainly something that this country has lacked for a very long time. However, there may be a bigger reason to vote for Obama.
I've always criticized people for always voting in the Presidential elections, but not in their local elections. My personal opinion is that a) my day-to-day life is dramatically more affected by local politics than national politics and b) my vote carries much more weight in local politics than national ones. Plus, if I have a city administrator that I trust, I can call them on the phone, and they likely respond (unless it's Beth Gottstein, then I don't hear back). I doubt any of these Presidential candidates would ever personally respond to an email.
Obama winning the democratic nomination would most likely have the greatest affect on my life here in KC. In November, the City Council is planning on putting a light rail plan on the ballot. My overarching feeling is that if you divided the city into two groups -- those over, say 50, and those under 50, those over 50 would not vote for the light rail plan. Those under 50 would most likely vote for it.
Obama has sparked political interest in the "under 40 crowd" as he is someone who -- whether correctly or incorrectly -- people under 40 identify well with. He seems like someone that is not part of the 'old guard".
I think Obama running for President in November would drive a lot more young people to the polls -- these same young people that would prefer light rail, but tend to not represent themselves well at the polls for policy initiatives. I think that Obama winning, would dramatically increase the chances of light rail passing in KC in November. Hillary Clinton winning would likely not spark the younger voters to the polls....and that would likely doom the KC Light Rail vote.
So with that, I'm most likely going to vote for Obama today...and it has very little to do with who I want to be president.
As they say, all politics are local...