This is my first ever political endorsement.
I'm cynical about politics. I voted a Libertarian ticket in 2004, and for the Green Party in 06 (with the exception of voting for Mark Kirk's opponent. He annoyed me with enough hyperbolistic crap in my mailbox that I really wanted him to lose).
At the beginning of the year I thought I was going to get to choose between two people I actually liked, the first election where it's not been a choice between the lesser of two evils. Well, I've been following the news and I still like one of my choices.
I'm voting for Obama. I think he will be the best president we've had for a long time. Please note that this is a positive endorsement, and not a negative one (i.e. it's not that I don't like McCain).
(Speaking of McCain, I don't know if he picked the wrong advisers or what, but he's lost my respect over the last few months. And Gov. Palin just scares me half to death.)
I'd say more but I don't want to gush. I don't think it's physically possible to do everything he wants to do in four (or even eight) years, but I expect him to do some good things for this country. Of course, it's certainly possible that four years from now I'll be cynical again, but I don't think so, and for now, I'm happy.
I'll take questions in the comments. (haha, as if I actually had readers)