A while back I wrote a piece on John Edwards expressing tentative support, especially with his focus on poverty and a more promising foreign policy vision. Over time such support has been strengthened.
But Barack Obama also interests me, in terms of his early and consistent opposition to the war, his unique life story, and his ability to connect a certain set of politics into an overall vision that could be in a position to move people to action.
And to be able to craft that vision into the religious sensibilities of most Americans while being respectful of the first amendment and a supporter of the religious diversity, which is our nation's strength not its weakness is it self an amazing act for a democratic candidate.
But this has been an important caveat that keeps me with Edwards. It's identified by an author that links up Reinhold Niebuhr and Obama's run for the presidency. It's about the specific policy proposals and whether Obama is comfortable with such things. As the author notes:
"At a certain point, he will have to demand something from people who are disinclined to give up much of anything for the commonweal. (John Edwards has run a far more honest and substantive campaign, in this regard.)
Whether that means taxing the wealthy to pay for health care or instituting mandatory national service for young Americans, Obama will have to demonstrate his seriousness (political and moral) by moving from biography to proposals that don't go down as easily as his eloquent rhetoric."