That Politics Stuff

Although I’ve been following the U.S. election politics reasonably closely over the past couple of months, I haven’t been particularly participatory and I haven’t really commented on it here. My general feeling has been that I do not want to see any of the Republican candidates in office–though I’d rather see McCain there than any of the rest of them, which includes my former governor Huckabee.

I’ve been somewhat divided on whether I’d rather see Clinton or Obama win the Democratic nomination. I think either of them would do the job well–or at least conduct themselves and the country in a fashion closer to my own interests. My big fear with Hillary, though, is that she’s a divisive enough figure (through no real fault of her own) that conservatives will come out in droves to vote against her. And I really, really don’t want to see another Republican White House for four years, despite being an independent.

NC’s primary isn’t until May, and, if I’m allowed to vote (independents only get to vote if the party lets them), I’d been thinking of voting in the Republican primary to ensure that McCain gets the nomination over his competition. But now that Romney has basically handed his delegates to McCain, McCain is almost certain to be the GOP candidate.

This leaves me with Clinton and Obama again. A few weeks ago, I don’t know that I would have hazarded a choice. But the more I learn about Obama, the more I like him. I’m a sucker for idealism, I guess. But Obama’s more than an idealist and charismatic speaker. Tom linked to this examination of Obama and his record. Allow me to naively hope that there will be some serious change for the better here in the next four years.

4 Responses to “That Politics Stuff”


  • As you know, I liked Obama from the time I read “Audacity of Hope.” Although it has its moments of pure politician-speak, it makes clear that he’s thinking about his views. Having read it, knowing that he actually put a great deal more thought into his policy ideas than most politicians seem to (how am I going to pay for this? how will I engineer it so that people will want to buy in?), I’ve been pretty immune to this charge that he’s all style and no substance — he’s just smart enough to know that he can’t policy-wonk his way to the White House, and that people want a leader who challenges and inspires them.

    I have a few reasons for not wanting Clinton, but I guess the two biggest would be the divisiveness you mentioned (right-wing commentators have had more than a decade to get a good hate going), and my opinion that we really could use something different in office. Clinton represents a change from Bush, yes, but actual new blood is often a good thing, and certainly ought to be after twenty years of the same families holding office.

    I’ll be happy to vote for either one come November, though.

  • Well put, Mark.

    I still need to get my hands on Audacity of Hope. I almost got an audiobook version from Audible the other day, but it was abridged, and I prefer my text unadulterated. I remember you speaking highly of it, though.

  • The audiobook version won a Grammy, you know. đŸ˜‰

    I just came across Jon Stewart’s take on the Clinton-is-polarizing mantra, and how she got to be seen that way, and thought of this post:

  • I did know that the audiobook version got a Grammy, in fact.

    Jon Stewart is wonderful, even when he didn’t have writers. Did you see his take on Romney dropping out?

    And he’s hosting the Oscars on Sunday, yay!

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