A delayed congratulations to Barack Obama, for winning a resounding victory as President of the United States. I did not vote for him, as I followed Eugene Debs' saying that "I’d rather vote for something I want and not get it, than vote for something I don’t want, and get it," and voted for Cynthia McKinney instead.
Most of my motivation in voting for Cynthia was that I felt she was the best candidate for the job. However, another of my motivations was simply that she is the candidate of MY PARTY, and, DAMMIT, I support the nominee of my party, especially one who is devoting her time, money and effort to run. I have been a candidate for a commonwealth-wide office twice. Running for political office is difficult. It puts a strain on your life and can put a wedge between you and your family. As such, I cannot, in good conscience, turn my back on my own party's nominee.
For a Green-Rainbow to say that they won't support our nominee because we need to make sure Obama wins Massachusetts, as if there was any doubt about that, well … it makes angry. I'll still love them and work with them, but it makes me wonder whether they will have my back. As Utah Phillips has told us many times:
That said, I am proud that the US finally elected its first African American President. Took a far too long.