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Taking sides
Our resident pundits push their presidential picks
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Ruth Conniff, political editor of The Progressive, and Rick Berg, freelance writer and political commentator, weigh in on their respective choices for the White House as well as opining about the other guy.

From Ruth Conniff:

Barack Obama, hope agent

He appeals to the best parts of our national psyche

McCain: more of the same

Best reason to vote for Obama: He speaks to the best in our nation - inspiring people to believe in a tolerant, multicultural, democratic society.

Obama's least attractive quality: His vote for the FISA bill expanding government wiretapping.

McCain's greatest asset: He managed to change the subject from a disastrous eight years of Republican rule to a soap opera about a moose-shootin' hockey mom and her pregnant teenage daughter.

McCain's greatest liability: People might get tired of the soap opera and remember their own best interests by November.

From Rick Berg:

Call it Sarahndipity

Take John McCain, add Palin, and presto!

Obama: Style over substance

Best reason to vote for McCain: Sarah Palin is a lot hotter than Joe Biden, even if Biden has whiter teeth and the definitive Chatty Cathy routine.

McCain's least attractive quality: McCain's admission that he knows little about economics, but did buy Greenspan's book, does not inspire confidence when the nation's economy is in meltdown.

Obama's greatest asset: Wife Michelle and two darling daughters, but can he field-dress a moose? Can Michelle?

Obama's greatest liability: Unsavory Chicago friends like Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers and Tony Rezko.

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