Saturday, October 25, 2008

Two more for Obama

Two more Republicans of note have deserted McCain's sinking ship.

William Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts, announced yesterday that he was supporting Barack Obama for president. This is the first time he's ever endorsed a Democrat, he said. While not overtly criticizing John McCain, Weld gave several reasons for going with Obama:

Obama, said Weld, exhibits good judgment and a "deep sense of calm," and has a "first-class political temperament." Weld also noted that Obama has, in the past, brought Democrats, Republicans and Independents together.

"It's not often you get a guy with his combination of qualities..." said the former governor.

h/t to Americablog

Another noted Republican, Charles Fried, announced that he had already voted for Obama by absentee ballot. Fried, who is a Harvard Law School professor and an important conservative thinker, served as Solicitor General of the United States in the Reagan administration.

Back in January, Fried was supporting John McCain. Not anymore. He's asked that his name be removed from McCain's campaign committees as he will no longer serve on them.

He voted for Obama, he said, for several reasons the most important of which was "the choice of Sarah Palin at a time of deep national crisis."

h/t to Andrew Sullivan

It's always a pleasure to hear voices of reason in a season of discontent.

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