Sunday, January 27, 2008


So, I'm supporting Barack Obama in the Democratic primary. Why? Here are a few reasons:

  1. He's an inspiring leader. After eight years of Bushitis, someone who can make people feel good about America and confident in its president is worth a lot. Even Caroline Kennedy says that she thinks Obama has the potential to inspire Americans in the way that her father, JFK, did.
  2. Obama is the only candidate, as far as I know, who has a clear, sensible, detailed technology policy. Even many candidates who have used technology effectively in their campaigns have not recognized the significance of changing technology on issues regarding privacy, freedom, and intellectual property. Obama does, so I feel comfortable that he'll give these issues the attention they deserve if he's elected.
  3. Several people whose political judgment I respect, including Sen. Ted Kennedy and my boss, Harvard Law School professor John Palfrey, are supporting Obama. So are many of my colleagues at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, which is a place populated by some of the smartest, most politically aware people I know.
  4. Obama is a uniter, not a divider. He has a history of working with people across political parties, religions, races, and viewpoints to enact policies that make sense.
I think that Democrats and, really, the whole country, are fortunate to have such a strong field in the Democratic primary this year. Even if Sen. Clinton or a dark horse candidate wins, I'll feel very good if s/he is elected president. But, given a choice, I'll take Obama.

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