Wednesday, January 09, 2008

It's either sex or politics...

This is a writing blog, a personal blog, but most definitely not a political blog. I'm not usually interested in playing lightning rod to the opinions that inevitably fly when you do write about policits. Yet here as the primaries are underway and the nation's eyes are back on the theater of the absurd and zealotry that is politics, I have been feeling inclined to write something.

I don't think it's any great secret that I'm a Democrat even if I never said those words before, and that in a parallel universe where idealism could actually lead to reality, I would probably be a Green Party member. And we Dems are faced with a very complex choice right now. Vote the Big Lady whose words are more polished and who obviously has the connections and the experience to back it up, and who appeals to our desire to finally see a woman in office. Vote the Hip Young Guy who stands to unite Black and White America, as well as the young, the jaded and the just plain tired of the same old (and who didn't vote for the war!). Or vote the Slick but Strangely Sincere Lawyer, who appeals to middle class workers and unions. Behind that decision is the old "but who has the best chance" strategy of reasoning. I've been walking slowly toward my decision now for as long as a year, but in the last month it has finally coalesced.

Since I'm never very articulate about my own reasons for making these choices, I was pleased to read one of my favorite authors, Michelle Richmond's blog post today, which so articulately and clearly sums up my feelings almost exactly (and will tell you who I favor). I recommend you read it.

Michelle's post begins like this:
In October of 2002, Hillary Clinton voted for the resolution authorizing George W. Bush to take military action in Iraq. I want to get past it, but I can’t. And this is one huge reason that I feel myself feeling passionately about Barack Obama, who showed courage that few others did by opposing the war from the beginning. I have no doubt that Clinton would be an able president. I believe she genuinely cares about issues that I care about personally–health care and education. Her insider knowledge of how Washington works and her political savvy might give her a real advantage in terms of getting things done.

But I worry that the same political savvy that might make Hillary Clinton a force to contend with in the White House is what caused her to vote for going to war with Iraq in the first place. It was a short-sighted vote, one which calls into question the strength of her convictions. Maybe she thought it was necessary, in the aftermath of 9/11, with the presidential campaign looming in her future, to take a “tough stand” against terrorism.

Read the rest of Michelle's post HERE:


At 12:35 PM, Blogger Edward Ott said...

i would love to see an Obama/edwards or Edward/Obama ticket.

At 3:02 PM, Blogger Amishlaw said...

I'm an Obamaniac too. I think Clinton as a nominee would energize the Republicans and they would spend the next four years demonizing her if she did get elected. I like your description of Edwards as slick/sincere. I'm disappointed in him. I was fully prepared to support Edwards as a fellow lawyer, but I didn't like his repetitive story about his background when he ran with Gore, and there is nothing I have seen of him four years ago or this year that has made me want to vote for him. He would have been defeated if he had run again for the Senate from North Carolina and I don't think he will win the South Carolina primary, so I don't see what he brings to a Democratic ticket, as either the presidential or vice presidential nominee.

At 3:59 PM, Blogger Jordan E. Rosenfeld said...

Edward--I would vote on that ticket, too, fo' sho'.

Amishlaw: Yeah, I think that Hilary will have a tough time making a second term if she gets one. I don't know that I would call myself an "Obamaniac," but I want to see what he can bring. Keeping the fingers crossed.

At 8:14 PM, Blogger Maryanne Stahl said...

I hear you. As much as I'd love a woman president and as much as I wouldn't mind bill as first hubby, I have a problem with Hillary on the war.

And I'm thrilled to see a young, black man inspiring the youth vote. It's awesome that young people are finally caring about the leadership of our country again. My son tells me "Obama knows what is wrong with this country and he knows how to fix it."

But I have to say I like Edwards best, even though the media tells us he hasn't a chance. the reason? he is the most liberal of all and has the most liberal health care plan. and health care is HUGE to me. almost as huge as the war, at this point, because I think all the Dems see the writing on the wall, there.

health care, education, the economy, the environment: these matter a LOT to me. I hope whoever gets the nomination does what needs to be done.

At 8:20 PM, Blogger Maryanne Stahl said...

amishlaw, Edwards is left of Clinton and Obama on most issues. he brings a lot, IMO, and I think we need to look beyond his campaign with Kerry. He seems more himself, now. just because he is good looking, people call him slick. (OK, also because he was a lawyer. but we can forgive that. :-) )

I'll take any of them. Just get the Repugs the F OUT.

At 2:28 PM, Blogger Amishlaw said...

Maryanne, I certainly agree with your last statement.


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