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1. Who are you voting for in November? Barack Obama. All my life I've been waiting for a black president; Obama's not monumentally unqualified, and his solid-if-boring book at least had some unkind words for teachers unions. Also my kids like him.
2. Who did you vote for in 2004 and 2000? Michael Badnarik in 2004. Ralph Nader (IIRC) in 2000. And that should be "whom."
3. Is this the most important election in your lifetime? The 2000 election was the most important election of my lifetime, but nobody knew it at the time. Since I don't know the future this year either, I can't answer the question.
4. What will you miss about the Bush administration? The way George W. Bush singlehandedly destroyed John McCain's career—first by denying him the nomination he should have had in 2000, and now by turning the Republican Party into a leper colony.
5. Leaving George W. Bush out of consideration, what former U.S. president would you most like to have waterboarded? Lyndon Johnson. Because he was mean to dogs.
Tim Cavanaugh is a reason contributing editor.
1. Who are you voting for in November? Barack Obama, for two main reasons: The Republican Party, which has jettisoned its best inclinations and indulged its worst for the last eight years, richly deserves exile from the White House, and 2) because he shows an intelligence and temperament that suggest he will govern more pragmatically than ideologically—the best that can be hoped for from a Democratic president.
2. Who did you vote for in 2004 and 2000? In 2004: John Kerry. In 2000: Harry Browne.
3. Is this the most important election in your lifetime? Ask me on my deathbed.
4. What will you miss about the Bush administration? Robert Gates, the only person ever to go from protesting the Vietnam War to running the Pentagon, and showing the world that the latter job can be done with humility, restraint, responsibility, and a respect for the rest of the world.
5. Leaving George W. Bush out of consideration, what former U.S. president would you most like to have waterboarded? None of them. I'm not immune to cruel impulses, but I try to resist them.
Steve Chapman is a columnist and editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune.
1. Who are you voting for in November? None of the above. I am afraid of McCaesar's foreign policy agenda and Big Oracle's domestic policy agenda. As for Bob Barr, he is a duplicitous, double-talking SOB and I'd rather pluck out my right eye than vote for him. I will vote Republican for Congress, however, because I want divided government and I am positively petrified by the prospect of a Democratic super majority with Obama in White House. In general, however, I favor a Democrat permanently in the White House and Republicans permanently in Congress.