Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Political Decision


Well, we're really starting to get down to the wire now on the Democratic nomination for president. More and more it's starting to look like Barack Obama is going to be the man to beat. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the media is already acting as if Hillary is out of the race despite the fact that it really is too close to call at this point. So, let's talk politics because, despite the way people try to avoid talking politics, I believe that intelligent, thoughtful people should absolutely talk about their political choices. Debate is good. Conflict is good. Pie is good. We can all agree on that can't we? I mean, c'mon. Pie rocks!

I'm not a registered Democrat and therefore I don't get to vote in the primaries. Even if I were, and I did, it wouldn't matter because I live in Florida and this year Florida was exiled into some sort of negative zone of democratic politics. We didn't get any delegates in the national primaries but we may get to come back in at the convention. It's kinda like when I send my 4-year old to her room for not eating her dinner but let her come out later for a snack.

Still, if I could, I would vote for Hillary Clinton. Don't misunderstand me, I think that Barack is probably a fine man but I'm a little worried about the way everyone is so fired up about his message of change and hope. Every candidate has a message of change and hope. The truth is that, for me anyway, Hillary's message about experience makes a lot of sense. Just because Barack is young and has good speechwriters doesn't mean he'll make a good president. He's never run anything. He's never been in charge of anything. As much as I would like to believe that a young mustang can claim the presidency and bend it to his will, it simply is not true. You have to know how to navigate the corridors of power in Washington if you want to get anything done and there is no doubt in my mind that Hillary Clinton is better qualified to row that boat. Bipartisanship? Hillary Clinton has worked side-by-side with the very people who impeached her husband. She has shown through experience that she is capable of making the compromises and brokering the deals that are necessary to get anything done in Washington. All Barack has done is shout about how he never supported the war. Well let me tell you, it's easy to say you didn't support the war when you weren't running for office at that time. We all seem to forget that when we went to war the entire country was behind it. If you were a member of Congress and didn't support the war you were not representing the will of the people who sent you to Washington in the first place.

For me, the best way to decide which person you think would make a good president is to ask yourself which person you would entrust with your business. I'd rather have Hillary Clinton running my office then Barack Obama. (Also, I ask myself, "Which candidate would you rather have blow you?" This test alone kept Ross Perot from the presidency back in 1992.)

Whenever I have to decide whom to vote for I make it a point to not watch any speeches. Speeches are a load of crap. They are written for the candidates to please whomever they are talking to that day. Also, I don't watch the speeches because your ability to give a good speech means nothing in terms of your ability to be president. I read the websites and the positions are about the same for all the candidates.

Like I said before, if the resumes match and I'm deciding between two people to run my grocery store, odds are I'm going to give the job to the person who has spent most of her adult life working in grocery stores instead of the good-looking young stock boy I hired a few weeks ago.

4 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

I have always liked you.
Up until now.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Booray said...

Why? because I like Hillary better than Obama or because I like a democrat?

10:22 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

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10:13 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

I have no quibble with your analysis of Obama's qualifications. They are nonexistent save for his obvious charm and candor. But he surely has great potential. I am teasing you because I AM a registered Democrat, have been for years, so you should vote your conscience. If you choose to vote for Hillary and Bill (and make no mistake, you are voting for the package deal) then I will be the last to deride your decision. I have been voting in the general elections since 1980 and this is without a doubt the weakest talent pool I have ever seen from both parties. It is an embarrassment. These candidates are the best that our country has to offer? My values have changed considerably over the years and I am straddling that line of left and right. So a Republican who authors bills with the likes of Dianne and Teddy can't be all bad. Right? No, there's something about that guy...don't trust him either. All I know is thank God Ralph Nader has entered the race to give us some clarity.

10:15 AM  

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