O’Hanlon for Obama

An endorsement from my favorite very serious person:

Although a lifelong Democrat who hasn’t wavered in his presidential vote since 1980, I have been unable to support Senator Barack Obama over the past two years. But after weighing the options in the closing months, I have decided to vote for the Obama-Biden ticket.

Political scientists tell us that VP choices don’t matter much, but for me, a tie among the heads of the two tickets means that the VP choice is determinative. And Senator Biden, whatever his flaws and limits, is clearly a much better choice than Governor Palin, at least at this point in their respective careers.

O’Hanlon seems to be saying here that he’s in the rare category of people who voted for Ronald Reagan in 1980 and then flipped to Walter Mondale in 1984.