I believe CW holds that the most noble way to vote is based on the issues. To vote for a person because of that person's image, or demographic group or, heaven forbid, based on which political party he or she belongs to is evil.
But what do you do when the two candidates are so close on the issues as Senator Clinton and Senator Obama. For forward looking questions, as in "what would you do with regard to x,y,orz," I suggest that that Obama and Clinton are almost identical. Particularly because the influence other branches of the government have over actions taken by the country means that they will not be able to create policies with nearly the nuance that would allow their distinctions to show up.
Is this a situation, can one feel liberated to openly look to the intangibles: character, experience, charism? What about race & gender? Is it okay to say that two people are close enough that you can vote based on whether you are more excited about the idea of seeing woman as president than an African American, or vice versa?