FWIW I run a blog that is all about foreign policy, military affairs and my other various interests. I generally do not endorse candidates but the choices in the coming national and local elections are so stark that it would seem cowardly to stand aside and await an outcome. I recommend the following choices for president, congress and in the city of Alexandria:
For president and VP of the United States - Barack Obama and Joseph Biden. The US economy is recovering slowly from the disasters inflicted on it by the profligate actions of the Bush Administration and the Congress on both sides of the aisle. GDP is rising, unemployment is falling, employment is rising, the stock market is doing well. Profits are high in corporate America. What is needed now is the patience needed to let the recovery continue. What is NOT needed is an administration intent on renewed de-regulation of the financial industry, a de-regulation that could only lead to further "looting" of the economy by the Gordon Gecko crowd. In foreign affairs, another Obama Administration is a lesser evil for me. Like Romney, Obama appears to subordinate the interests of the US to those of Israel, but at least he has shown the courage to "push back" against Zionist demands for effective operational control of US forces in an attack against Iran. Neo-Wilsonian influence is strong in the Obama foreign policy apparatus. An ideologically driven sponsorship of revolution in the Islamic World regardless of the identity of the revolutionaries is only acceptable because it is not as bad as the probable domination of a Romney policy by the neocons who surround him. Is Romney really interested in foreign affairs? It is probably true that he is not and that he is shamming interest in pursuit of the only thing he seems to want - the presidency as a life prize with which to feed his CEO ego.
For US senator in Virginia - Timothy Kaine. I simply cannot stand Allen.
For member of the House of Representatives from the 8th district of Virginia - James Moran. I do not wish to see the extreme right further strengthen its grip on the House.
For mayor of Alexandria - Andrew Macdonald. The present mayor has shown himself to be an agent of massive commercial re-development rather than a defender of the city's historic character and quality of life. For that reason I recommend his opponent.
For city council in Alexandria - Alicia Hughes, Robert Wood, and Frank Fannon. I decline to recommend a full slate.