I've already voted for Barack and I'd be very happy to do it again. He's smart, progressive, assertive and has done some wonderful works on behalf of my state. I've also been a long-time fan of Hillary's and have even longer dreamed of casting my vote for a strong, intellectual, independent female President.
And then there's Elizabeth, wooing me with her clarity and vision, politics aligned right there with my feminism and her words speaking to my soul. Of course, she's not running for office; her husband is. But I am so on her side that I've wondered if having her within a few feet of the Oval Office would be enough to make the changes that need to be made in this country.
One of the reasons, I'm shaking my (errrm) political pom pons for Elizabeth Edwards is that I've heard her, seen her, focused on her, all in person, far from print and screen. I think it is time that I get to know the other candidates hovering around my ballot a bit better, too. That's why I'm joining the Chicago Moms Blog in respectfully requesting a date with Senator Obama.
Perhaps our future will read much differently than I expect, but for now, this election feels more than important. It feels critical and I want to be very sure that my choice is solid, settled and right for me.