Who Slate’s staff is voting for, and why

From Slate:

Noreen Malone, Executive Assistant: Obama

David Sedaris framed the choice with this metaphor: “Can I interest you in the chicken?” … “Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?” I definitely want the chicken.

Farhad Manjoo, “Technology” Columnist: Obama

This is the third presidential election in which I’ll cast a ballot, but only the first time that I’ll be voting for someone: The last two times, I was voting against Bush. I’m choosing Obama for one main reason: He’s the smarter candidate. I don’t just mean he’s got smarter policies, though he does. I mean he seems to have the higher IQ. His books and speeches suggest deep intellectual curiosity—a calm, analytical, rational mind of the sort we haven’t seen in the White House in years.

I’ve long admired John McCain; I rooted for him in the 2000 primaries, and I might have picked him over Al Gore in the general that year. I also admired his stance against soft-money political donations and the Bush tax cuts. If that John McCain had been on the ballot this year, I might have thought harder about this vote. But over the last four years, that McCain has transmogrified into exactly the kind of divisive agent of intolerance he once decried, and now I’m terrified at the thought of him in charge.

More here.  [55 out of 57 votes to Obama, 1 vote for McCain.]