I still intend to not write about politics at all, except on those occasions when I do. Perhaps just a once-a-month vent on what’s happening. I guess I write these things for my own archive as much as anything, to remember the peculiar world of the race for the White House, circa December 2007.
First, I’ve come to the realization that while I respect Hillary Clinton and think she would be a good President, I’m leaning towards Obama. His lack of experience doesn’t scare me much, and I just like the change he represents. I’d be happy with either candidate because I think either will win the Presidency and help the country there, but I think Obama’s my preference. Plus, I’d really love to watch the GOP mount a campaign where they legitimately try to make the argument that because Obama allegedly attended a madrassa when he was 8 or something means he is unfit to be President. I can’t think of a more illuminating national discussion to expose the horrible impacts of fear and paranoia on the psyche of some of the more security-minded parts of our electorate.
I have to say, though, that I’m a little stunned at how polarized the general Democratic electorate seems to be between Obama’s and Hillary’s supporters. The vitriol and paranoia on both sides is alarming to me. Hopefully everybody can reconcile once we get through the primary season, but I’m concerned that some of the factionalization that we saw with the Nader and Dean campaigns will be dwarfed by what lies ahead for progressives.
Of course things could be worse. I could be a Republican! What a joke that field is. Personally, I don’t see how any of them can garner enough of a consensus to win the GOP nomination, much less more than 45% of a general election. Of the announced candidates, I’m still of the belief that McCain is the only one who can really cobble together enough of a coalition to win the nomination. But, there seem to be a lot of people who think he had burned too many bridges with the party faithful over the years. But I bet a lot of people come around to him once they realize what dogs Romney, Rudy and Huckabee are. McCain might have sold himself out a number of times, but he’s not a flip-flopping liberal Mormon, a crooked northeast liberal, or an egomaniac nut-case who doesn’t believe in dinosaurs.
I’m starting to see speculation the real GOP candidate may not even be in the race yet. Names like Jeb Bush (no), Dick Cheney (No!), and Newt Gingrich (hmm…) are being bandied about. Gingrich is worth watching. He has conservative credentials, he’s a bright guy, and his hands are clean of the fiascos of the last eight years. He’s not nuts, he’s not crooked, he’s not a religious nutcase, and he’s only got one divorce on his record. I think. But whoever gets the nomination, I figure Huckabee’s got the VP bid locked up for the GOP. He’ll deliver the anti-dinosaur crowd.
Yes, proud times for the GOP. Reap what you sow, mofos.