I've been continuing to make phone calls to New Hampshire for the Obama campaign, and I'll be going up there to canvass again this weekend. While I've been dismayed by the negative campaign that McCain and Palin have been running, I've decided to follow Obama's lead, by trying to stay positive and just doing my small part to help. The American people can see that the McCain campaign is avoiding the issues with its ugly personal attacks on Obama, and I guess McCain's people can see that too, since McCain and Palin seem to have reduced the intensity of their attacks in the last few days (though the ads and surrogates continue full force with the lies and smears). But the polls show that the attacks are not helping them - it's the economy, stupid.
I was also pleased to learn that the three most recent Nobel Prize winners in the sciences are endorsing Obama, specifically for his positions and plans for the sciences and education, which have really taken a beating under the anti-science Bush administration. They have joined 62 other American Nobel science winners in adding their signatures to an open letter (PDF) to the American people that was issued on September 25, 2008. The video here is by Dr. Martin Chalfie of Columbia University, one of the new winners in chemistry. Although the video quality is poor, his explanation of why he supports Obama is excellent.
Here is the opening text from the letter:
This year's presidential election is among the most significant in our nation's history. The country urgently needs a visionary leader who can ensure the future of our traditional strengths in science and technology and who can harness those strengths to address many of our greatest problems: energy, disease, climate change, security, and economic competitiveness. We are convinced that Senator Barack Obama is such a leader, and we urge you to join us in supporting him.