||[Jan. 8th, 2008|10:41 am]
I suspect- being very cold and rational about it- that Hillary is the better bet- the one with the experience and the background and the policies- but it's hard not to find Obama exciting. He 's smart, impassioned, unspun, untainted- and he makes people feel good about themselves. When was the last time American politics threw up a candidate like this? Bill Clinton? No, not really. I reckon you have to go back as far as Bobby Kennedy.|
We've been through a really dreary, depressing time and here, suddenly- appearing out of nowhere like Joan of Arc- is this brilliant young man- and he's drawing crowds like no politician in recent history has been able to draw them- not just of the faithful but of the unaligned and traditionally antagonistic. He may not go all the way- and if he does he'll disappoint us- but every society needs these "bliss was it in that dawn to be alive" moments. They're not about substance but about hope and the revival of national myth. America had become old and brutish- the country of Dick Cheyney and Donald Rumsfeld- and that's how not she likes to think of herself. (It's not how her traditional allies like to think of her either.) Thanks to Obama in the last couple of weeks we've caught a glimpse of a better, rootsier America- energetic, pioneering, idealistic and- above all else- young.
I'm refraining from forming any firm opinion or choice as yet. I like Hillary. I like Obama. Unless both disappoint in some major way right now I think either has good and bad to offer. Inspirational is nice, of course, as is charisma. But what it comes down to is who will best serve and fulfill their campaign promises to the best of their abilities. So I watch and wait for now. I think Feb. 5 will be the decisive date, our "super Tuesday" with primaries galore.
I agree. It's far too early to call the result. A great deal can happen over the next few months.
And isn't there the posibility that Bloomberg may run as an Independent?
Bloomberg may run and he certainly has the funds to do so but he's a democrat turned republican and that puts me off a good bit. Independents don't do very well in US politics but I suppose if he wants to make a statement he is entitled. I really have to do more research on the guy to know what he's all about but at first glance I'm not inclined to trust him.
I lived under Bloomberg's administration in NY after 9/11 and post Guiliani and he did a bang-up job on that city. (especially since we were all double scarred from the events and a corrupt mayor).
The truth is, he switched the ticket because he wanted to appeal to fiscally conservative big business that essentially runs New York which in itself, is a business more than it is a city. He's a very socially liberal person. He also funded his own campaign almost entirely out of his own pocket. He did the dirty work that noone was going to be popular for, and he did it well. I approved of the choices he made, even though they weren't popular ones because they were necessary ones. I hope your research comes up positively.
I'm liberal as hell. I also resent the fact that the media is supporting only two of the Democratic candidates when we have at least two more viable runners-- Kucinich and Edwards. I will vote for either of those two in the Primaries, and only vote for Obama or Hillary if I have to in the general election. Electrifying and experienced does not the perfect candidate make.
But I would vote for Bloomberg in a heartbeat.
Incidentally, I heard a rumour that if Ron Paul doesn't get the Republican ticket, he'll run as an Independent as well.
This is the most interesting, frightening, and invigorating race in my voting history.
Thank you for an insider's view. Being an expat in Europe for so long I try to follow US politics and policy, vote etc. but am often lacking sharper perspectives no matter how well informed I try to be.
Liberal as hell describes me, also.
And I so agree with your final statement. It will be an entertaining year to put it mildly.