Matt Gonzalez is not on the Obandwagon
Besides being a bonified Progressive, Matt also holds a JD from Stanford so he's not exactly a lightweight, dude.
I remain impressed by the enthusiasm generated by Obama’s style and skill as an orator. But I remain more loyal to my values, and I’m glad to say that I want no part in the Obama craze sweeping our country.
Read the rest for some very specific, well reasoned points.
Oh, and about the man who won that 2003 race, Gruesome Gavin Newsom, he is not a progressive, he's a complete tool. He refuses to show up for public appearances (except if they're fancy parties), totally sold out to every possible business interest, and allowed insane high-rise condo construction all over the city. Murders are up year after year, but they happen mostly in the small ghetto areas so he doesn't do anything about them. The mentally ill and/or drug addicted homeless still line the sidewalks and don't appear to be receiving much of Newsom's vaunted "care not cash".
The gay marriage thing? Far from a "bold move" it guaranteed his reelection last year by locking in the support of the LGBT community. He ran virtually unopposed in 2006, after winning his first election by a very small margin. After a couple months of massive media attention for Gavin, same-sex couples still can't get married in SF.
Even so, Obama doesn't want to be seen with Gruesome. From Matt's article:
Why should we believe Obama has courage to bring about change? He wouldn’t have his picture taken with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom when visiting San Francisco for a fundraiser in his honor because Obama was scared voters might think he supports gay marriage (Newsom acknowledged this to Reuters on January 26, 2007 and former Mayor Willie Brown admitted to the San Francisco Chronicle on February 5, 2008 that Obama told him he wanted to avoid Newsom for that reason.)