As various polls show Obama pulling ahead of McCain while the U.S. (and possibly the world) economy tanks, I am left wondering: would it be worth having a President who actually stands for what I stand for, if it means that he has to spend most of his first term digging himself out of messes he didn’t create?
Personally, I’m at least as much a foreign policy voter as I am a domestic economic policy voter, and to put it mildly, I’m much more in line with Obama’s vision of the U.S. role in the world than I am with McCain’s. (Not to mention that it’s much cheaper to refrain from invading and occupying other countries, which leaves rather more in the way of resources to undertake domestic policy initiatives.) But I fear that even with the best of intentions, if elected, Obama will be stuck spending his entire first term cleaning up crap and will have little, if any, financial or political capital left to implement any broad economic or social initiatives.
Now I hope and believe Obama is smarter than I am, and can find a way out of the maze. So, my fellow Dopers, do you have similar concerns? And if you were President Obama, how would you structure your efforts during your first year in office?