The 2008 Presidential election is historic and interesting for a number of reasons:
Age and Experience:
- Two Senior Citizens are running - McCain (72 today) and Biden (66 in Nov.)
- Two 40-somethings are running - Obama (47) and Palin (44)
- Two Senators with over  years in national politics.
So the experience/no experience issues are cancelled out. There is enough experience to go around for both parties and BTW, when is someone in their 40's considered young :)
Barriers Broken - It is about time that we have a black presidential nominee and a female nominee for VP (on the Republican side) -- It only took, nearly 250 years to change that whole dynamic.
No Experience vs Four More Years of the Same - These two mantras need to be jettisoned from the debate -- both of them are silly and obnoxious. (Of course they are easy to say so they will continue until we are sick of them.)
- JFK was 43 when elected president in 1960 after 13 years in politics. Obama is 47 and has been in state and national office for 11 years.
- Sarah Palin (the presumptive Republican nominee for VP) has been in politics for 16 years, many of those years in an executive position as Mayor and Governor; unlike the other three Senators in the race.
- Besides, their are two seasoned old-geezers in the race that have plenty of experience.
4-More years of the Same - Anybody who follows politics should know, that when the Republican party is concerned about McCain's less than conservative views and his willingness to work across the aisle, that comparing him to President Bush is just plain silly; but it does make for a good chant.
- McCain agrees with the President on some things and doesn't on other things. He's called a "Maverick" by most journalists and pundits: "A maverick is a person who shows independence of thought or action, a non-conformist or rebel." source Wictionary. How can you call someone a "Maverick" and then say it will just be 4 more years of the same stuff?
Change! - Take it from eBay sellers, change is not always good or enjoyable. Obama, and the Democrats mention change constantly and the message fits well with the "4 more years of the same" slogan, but honestly, in the 30 years I've been voting nothing much has ever changed in politics. Change for change sake is foolish if you don't have a well thought out plan -- here comes the eBay bit -- eBay management is all about change and look at the turmoil in the marketplace.
- True "Change" comes over time, not by speaking it into existence or wishing it would happen.
- True "Change" comes through pain and heartache not through slogans and wishes.
- True "Change" needs to happen when things are going well, not when things are going poorly, because "change" should never be reactionary, it should always be well thought-out and planned.
- "Change" for "Change" sake does nothing but shuffle the deck and leave the real problems for another generation.
I agree much needs to be changed in this great country, but it needs to happen first with the political parties. What is the old saying "nobody changes until they are forced to", just because that saying is true doesn't mean it should be. I want well thought out considerate changes that help all Americans. I don't see that happening with either candidate, but I'll take my chances with the Maverick, because that is "just how I roll".
Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.Just my 15%