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.
I love you so much that I’m commenting from the iPhone which is not easy to do. I respect your thought process and hope that a few million more registered repubs feel the same way.
So I can’t make it to blissdom BUT the Huz may have to work very near you soon!! And I’ll insist we come with.
Gawd, dude, I have almost taken that post down so many times! I wrote that, and he went and proved me a DAMN LIAR. I’m really mad at McCain right now, because I think he COULD have been great, and he sold his soul for the presidency. I am praying he doesn’t get it.
I didn’t read the Newsweek, but wasn’t the article about her being “One of us”, a normal, everyday, not celebrity person? I’m really asking, I don’t know. I just thought I heard that. In that context, that cover would have made sense, am I right?
I stopped listening to anything on the news that said Palin a few weeks ago when my brains started to leak out of my ears. COME ON NOV 4th!
Mr Ladys last blog post..2033
While my mind was made up long ago, I love reading how voters who don’t strongly identify with a particular party are coming to their decisions. I’m glad Mr Lady commented here to update her thoughts!! Because even though I have been a pretty confirmed Democrat since 2000, I have also always liked John McCain. And I thought that maybe, if we were stuck with another GOP administration, that at least it would not be as bad as this last one. Fuh-SHEESH has he flipped the big time flop!!
COME ON NOV 4TH indeed!
Christinas last blog post..I cannot tell a lie
Well, there was a time where I would have voted for John McCain over the democratic nominee, but this Arizona resident doesn’t want that man anywhere near the White House anymore. I don’t know if something has happened to him or if he was always this sleazy and covered it up well.
I think he’ll be surprised at his numbers in AZ. I’m quite certain he’ll still take this state, but not by total landslide he thinks he has it by (we are seeing more and more Obama ads, too).
(but hey, this is the same state that keeps a wacky sheriff in power, so who knows?)
And Palin, oooh don’t get me started on her. I tried to see the good in her for about two weeks, but then, like Mr. Lady, my brain started to leak out of my ears and I decided to get my news on about her from Tina Fey.
Can I just say I’m at least glad that you did your homework to form your own opinion? At least you didn’t make the pick based on the same way you picked last week’s NFL teams.
That is my biggest fear about this upcoming election. The idea that people will form their opinions by the rants of people on their blogs or websites, without doing their homework, is frightening.
This…dear Dawn…is why I love you. 🙂
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Yes, yes, and yes. Oh, and Hell yes.
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We can do this together. I’m a registered R, too.
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Glad you are choosing to redeem yourself from the 04 election. 😉 My husband screwed up in 00 and 04. I’m still married to the man. I’m just glad, like you, he’s got it figured out for 08. It’s nice to hear from you again (other than football – of which I know nothing about).
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I’m glad you took the time to do your research. I’m a Democrat but there was a point in time that McCain looked like the lesser of all evils. I was an HRC supporter but now I’m fully behind Obama…once I took the time to really listen, I was impressed.
Palin’s voice makes my ears bleed.
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I thought if you were a registered republican and voted democrat, that you would be hunted down and executed. Isn’t that what homeland security is for?
I’m happy that you posted this.
It’s definitely been interesting watching this election process. There’s also supposed to be a youtube tool that lets you search the debates by keyword (only caught the last pres debate in full). Think I’ll try that & do a little last-minute fact-gathering before voting time, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be headed for Obama.
I agree more with the Dems on economic theory, which is obviously a huge decision point right now. I also think the professor-style attitude will be a big help in the diplomatic / international context.
A big part of it, though, is the part of me that somehow escaped the cynicism of a political science degree and law school and is daring to hope that some of his optimism may actually affect the country. We’ll see.
The thing about Palin that really frustrates me is that I want her to be better. She’s the first woman to get this far in a long, long time, and I want her to be smart and capable. Was she really the best they could find?
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My favorite part of this post ( I agreed with a lot of it) my favorite part was this sentence: “Caught with my hand in the sexism cookie jar” That is total pisser when that happens isn’t it!
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