The Interior Journal has chosen to endorse Barack Obama as the Democratic candidate for President of the United States. We support Mr. Obama in his pursuit of the nomination because of his strong character, vision for the future, and promise of change in Washington. Throughout the campaign, Mr. Obama has appeared genuine, forthright, considerate and resolute, and has always taken the high road. He has shown incredible patience and restraint, most significantly for not engaging former President Bill Clinton for his clumsy pandering and thinly veiled race baiting. The fact that Mr. Obama's campaign does not accept money from PAC's or lobbyists is a sign that it might not be business as usual in Washington if he is elected.
Mr. Obama's opponent, Hillary Clinton, is smart, hard working and relentless, but for all that, tragically flawed. The obsessive, over-achieving work habits that made her a perfect foil for the laid-back Bill Clinton presidency, make her unfit to be president. As a relentlessly manipulative pollwatcher, Mrs. Clinton has had more incarnations than Madonna. The newest one, "right wing gun nut," is the most laughable and saddest at the same time. You can smell the fear of failure in her campaign, which has devolved into a deluded parallel universe where the Florida and Michigan primaries count, snipers haunt her steps, superdelegates do as they are told, and those darn cameras aren't always running.