Like Rebecca Traister, we're Edwards supporters who can't figure out who to vote for tomorrow.
So let's review the list, including, for this purpose, the GOP:
Smartest: Hillary Clinton
Best policies: Hillary Clinton
Most disturbing choice for American democracy: Hillary (Bush Clinton Bush) Clinton
Least bad republican: John McCain
Best executive and management skills: Mitt Romney
Supports torture: Mitt "thumbscrews" Romney
Most disastrous choice: Mitt Romney
Most inspirational: Barack Obama
Toughest fighter: Hillary Clinton (John McCain is next)
Republican most likely to win: John McCain
Best president: Hillary Clinton ties with Barack Obama -- for different reasons. Obama may win overall because slavery is the historic American curse, and Obama can be a part of a cure.
Democrat most likely to win against McCain ...
Ahh, the last is the reason we struggle.
Today Hillary energizes the "independents" -- to vote for McCain. Given time I think she might win over many of the women "independents". Overall I think Hillary can win nationally among women, even if men vote for McCain.
I don't trust white (including, in this case, Hispanic) Florida democrats for vote for Obama -- no matter their silence today.
If they had equal odds against McCain I'd vote for Obama - because slavery really is the curse at the heart of America. If he were a white guy with a similar story he'd still be an astounding person and potentially an excellent president, but he wouldn't be in this race.
I fear McCain would beat Obama though, even though the Giants did win the Super Bowl.
I'm still undecided.
Update: A colleague claims Obama is being smart about mandates -- knowing what Americans would accept. Good point.
Update: My most influential friends are pushing me to Obama. Krugman, another Edwards orphan, feels that electability, my main issue, favors neither. If it's Obama I don't think Nader, despite his GOP funding, will have any traction.So, for the moment, Obama.
Update 2/5/2008: My reading of James Fallows analysis is that he's in the same spot as Emily and I. Straining the tea leaves, he too favors Obama. The riskier bet, the greater return -- if it works.