Thought on the election
My thinking is similar in the 2008, except paradoxically, Bush's success with the 'surge' in Iraq makes it easier to vote for the Democrat by lowering the risk of American surrender, locking in our commitment, and allowing for a measured assessment by the next administration. Winning the war is still my highest priority when voting for president because foreign affairs fall predominantly in the executive branch. On that issue, McCain has an edge. Obama, however, offers the opportunity to approach our foreign affairs from a very different direction, for better or worse.
For both McCain and Obama, there are compelling arguments for and against. We'll see. Either way, I feel better about this election than the last one.