Well, I don’t have the heart to post football picks yet and I’m waiting for MobWars over at FaceCrack to give me back enough energy that I can pull off some more jobs, so I figured, what the hell? How about a blog post? Especially since I’m going to BlissDom08 this weekend – which is all about, ya know, blogging.
Here I go. My stream of consciousness thoughts about the Final Four of Clustersmack 08 (tm kaiseralex.com) (In alphabetical order.)
Barack Obama – I didn’t pay attention to this dude till Edwards dropped out of the race. Cuz I figured the white guy from the south was going to runaway with the nomination given his competition of a black man and a woman. (Not that I think skin tone nor internal plumbing affects leadership skills, I just assumed it would matter to enough other people.) I wasn’t a fan of HRC – no concrete reasons on her politics, just not a fan. I’m also just enough of a History Channel dork to watch “The Presidents” and similar fare, and repeatedly I hear about presidents who listened to others and learned from others, and these are the men who then tend to be labeled better/greater/more important presidents. I could see Obama listening to others and taking counsel. And I fully admit this video still gives me tingles, and I’m all for a little hope.
Joe Biden – I watched the VP debate, because I didn’t know anything about either of them, really. I had heard of their soundbytes and read a lot of twitter feedback, but otherwise – I was pretty meh on them. At the end of the debate I appreciated how Biden most of the time attempted to answer questions and give something resembling a specific answer.
John McCain – I lived in Arizona and was surrounded by longtime residents who detested McCain. I guess it rubbed off on me. In retrospect, I think those people were also rabid Democrats which probably had something to do with it. In any case. McCain just isn’t a choice for me. If he pulls off a win, I’ll read Mr. Lady’s words on him over and over and get on with things. I was really hoping he’d pick Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty – cuz that guy is a major league fucktard as far as I’m concerned. (I spent 3 years teaching in the same district his kids attend – and this dude is SO.OUT.OF.TOUCH. with any student who isn’t white upper class.) If it would have been a McCain-Pawlenty ticket I would have spent the next weeks cracking up and talking smack. As it is, I’ve composed a single blog post in my head for weeks and am just now motivated to write it.
And as long as I’m talking VP picks …
Sarah Palin – on paper, she looked great. As my friend Texas Red read me her bio on the phone (because I’d called to find out if I got to make fun of Pawlenty while I was driving home) we were both pretty impressed with her – she seemed to be like McCain but a younger, less multiple home owning, more in touch… oh and female version.
Then twitter happened and oh mah holy hell … the liberals were having a field day. Links to posts and news articles … and my feeling was that people initially were pissed off that she was …. gasp! …. conservative! Which, I may not have agreed with her opinions on things, but someone like my grandma would. Then the finger pointing that she was only picked because she was a woman. Well, my opinion there was, and still is, that the media would have had a circus if McCain had picked a white dude, they would have screamed about business as usual and no change etc etc. So those arguments sailed on past my head.
Then I heard of some of the comments she made about Obama at the RNC and I thought, “What a bitch.” and then immediately kicked myself in my own ass because I knew full well that if she would have been a man, that I would never have thought that, and I’d likely not thought anything of the comments. Fuck. Fuck me. Caught with my hand in the sexism cookie jar. Dammit. Now I was going to have to pay attention and try to make an unbiased decision about what I thought of her.
I happened across Newsweek while we were staying in a hotel the end of last month – it did a number on her … she came out looking pretty bad … it was the first I’d really heard of the Katie Couric disaster of an interview. Fortunately I read it just before SNL used the exact transcript of what she said, so I could appreciate the full on humor of it.
I watched the VP debate. I wanted to shut it off 10 minutes in. I wanted to get drunk. But I sat and watched it, coming to check twitter comments a couple times to ensure I wasn’t losing my mind (new-cue-lar anyone?) By the end of the debate I wasn’t impressed with her at all anymore. I’m okay with that, because I actually sat down and took the time to figure it out for myself and I’m left with the question – if he wanted a female Veep – why not Condi Rice or Elizabeth Dole?
And there you have it. My brain dump on why this registered Republican is voting Democratic this election.?Ç¬† Only time will truly tell if I’ve made the right decision – cuz God knows I jacked it up in 04. Sigh.