Just something I want to throw out there.
I support Obama based on his stance on Alternative Energy (and the fact that he can SAY cellulosic ethanol - my gods, a man who can actually SPEAK and not sound as if he was working the remedial English courses), his take on personal responsibility (yes, we want to help you - we want you to at least make the effort yourself, as well), and his vantage point of where WE have not done our job, ourselves (personal freaking responsibility! Telling your kids to turn off the game console! NOT blaming it on the gaming industry itself! RAISING your kids!), made me respect the man immensely. His ability to accept critique leveled against him, and answer questions, as well the very blatant humility involved in how he carries himself, are what swayed me.
I voted in 2000. I voted in 2004. And I sure as hell voted this year.
My vote in 2000 was for Gore - his education, knowledge about his particular obsessions, and zeal for his beliefs moved me. Having lived in Texas when Bush was Governor, I already loathed the man. Kerry, I'll admit, was a blatant desire to be rid of Bush.
But this year, I was strongly voting FOR a candidate, and not 'against' one.
A footnote of importance I have to make - I do not like Hillary Clinton, not because of her gender, but because of her views and her stance and the fact that I in many ways see her as a sizable portion of the downfall of Bill Clinton. Her view of the gaming industry appalls me, and contributed to my growing disgust with Lieberman following 2004. Her exceedingly unctuous personal manner put me ill at ease, and left me extremely cold. Her supporters put me off by making things about gender, instead of the issues that I care about; I spent a good amount of time arguing with my fellow Obama supporters because they kept trying to make the issue about race, instead of, well, the issues.
I'd gladly vote a woman for President who supported what I support; however, Hillary is not that woman. Neither, for that matter, was Cynthia McKinney, who disgusts me to no end, and don't even get me started on Condileeza Rice (yes, I know she didn't run, but had she, I would sure as hell not have voted for her).