What the heck, let's give it a try: I want smaller and less intrusive government. Neither of the two (realistic) presidential candidates, nor the parties they come from, are supportive of that goal. Therefore I can only vote based on what the consequences of a win or loss would bring. I've decided the consequences are better with an Obama win, for the following reasons: Short Term: Gridlock. I'm assuming Republicans will keep or gain seats in both House and Senate. The current crop of Republicans have done nothing to demonstrate that they would show any fiscal restraint with a Republican President. With that out the window, I don't need them pursuing Republican pet issues like "family values". What's that you say? Family values are good? I agree. It's still not their place to dictate what family values are and how they should be enforced. To them, it always comes down to banning something or declaring a "war" on something. No thanks. Gridlock will help ensure the most resistance to both Democrat and Republican pet issues. Medium Term: Obama will be out in four years. The Republicans will need to run a candidate who actually is for smaller, less intrusive government. If they can pull that off, he will most likely win, and we can get the real recover rolling. If Romney wins this time, he will either win a second term or be unseated by a Democrat after four years. That will mean at least eight years, much more likely twelve, before we get that candidate who is for smaller, less intrusive government. If the Republicans can't muster up a good candidate in four years, we're still no worse off than we'd be with Mitt or his Democrat replacement. Long Term: Bush opened the door for Obama. McCain assured his win. Romney will assure his second term. Obama wouldn't have had a hope in hell if it weren't for Republicans offering one abysmal candidate after another. We need a final nail in the coffin of any notion that we need a progressive, big-government guy representing us in order to steal those progressive, big-government votes from the Democrats. It'll never happen. Democrats have that market cornered, and they should keep it. Playing that game will result in endless progressive, big-government candidates from both parties. We've already gone too far down that road. It needs to end now. I welcome any rational critique of my reasoning. I don't need "Obama is a poopie-head and deserves to lose" or "Obama will kill us all before the four years are out" arguments. Those were covered adequately in other threads.