While I'm not a ticket holder on the Barack Obama train, I have found him to be a palatable alternative to my preferred candidate, John McCain. There have been some things that have ome out lately that have made me rethink my position, although I think I'd still be okay with his presidency. The major knock I have on Obama at this point is his choice in friends. I think he's still an amazing speaker, despite his unintentional putdown of your average American, so he's definitely got that going for him - he's one of the most inspiring speakers we've had run for president since Ronald Reagan.
At the same time, he links himself to a lot of people who have spouted a lot of anti-American vitriol. There is his famous preacher, Jeremiah Wright. That can be explained away to a large degree - Wright was angry, has been through segregation, etc. I don't think that should absolve him from what he's said, but he is entitled to his opinion. The more troubling connection that Obama has is with The Weatherman - a group that bombed the Pentagon, the US Capitol, and were looking at bombing Fort Dix until their bomb factory blew up. These aren't your Islamic Wahabbist-style terrorrists, but home grown wackos. While they aren't best buddies, it's connections like this that keep coming out that make me think he may not be the best man for the job because this makes being a drunken cheerleader or a philandering governor look like something inconsequential. To top it off, the group was doing this to protest the Vietnam War and Obama (assuming he wins the nomination) is going up against one of the men who fought that war for us and that The Weatherman were fighting. That is pretty incredible. I don't know if I could possibly support him (although if he's CINC, that changes things).