Tuesday, January 8, 2008

So, I'm half watching the New Hampshire primaries, and a few things strike me.
1. Like with Iowa, the Democratic turnout is again shockingly greater than the Republican. Good. It's about time. The reason that the Repugnicants were able to fix the last two elections (Yes, I think there was by far enough chicanery in Ohio and Florida to make that statement) is that those were close elections. If this keeps up through the general election the Repugs. are done. At the national level and state. Good riddance.
2. For the most part the Republicans look like scared old white men. Oh, wait, they are. Now there are some that don't disgust me, and I have to say that unlike our current president, I truly don't believe that the top 3 Republicans (McCain, Romney, Huckabee) are going to purposely drive the country into ruin. Now don't get me wrong. I have serious problems with all of them, and I think that electing another Repug is a huge mistake for the country. BUT, they can all form thoughts and complete sentences, which makes them not total fucking morons. I don't think any of the top three Republicans are truly evil (unlike BushCo).
I respect McCain, but his support for the Iraq war is so entirely out of touch with reality that I am suspect of everything else he says. Romney is just too overtly slick. I'll readily admit that my distrust of Mormons is a personal failing, but I'm universal in my distrust of all overtly religious people. I do have to also admit that the way he balanced the budget in Mass. was good. He closed loopholes, and made corporations actually pay their taxes. I don't trust Huckabee for many of the same reasons. It's true that he's not truly a conservative, and out of all of the Repubs., I think he truly means well. BUT, I'm sorry if you don't believe in evolution, you can't set your religion aside and listen to reason. It's only the second most supported theory in science (behind gravity). I do find some joy in the fact that after years of misrepresenting religion, the Republicans finally have to deal with someone who has actually read the Bible and I think, uses it to make himself a better person, not as a reason to hate and marginalize people. As has been the case for all the "fundamentalists" of the past 30 years. In other words, he's not truly a conservative.
The rest of the Repugs really scare me, but luckily they're not doing well. Grandpa Fred, has gotten a whole 1%. Wasn't he supposed to be the Repug savior? HaHa. Go back to sleep Fred. Guliani? That egotistical fuckface? Hopefully, people are finally seeing through his bullshit. Go away. Ron Paul? Well his supporters have the determination of zombies. They will overlook all his racist and absolutely batshit crazy ideas, just because he talks about the war and fiscal responsibility. Guess what Republicans DO NOT get to talk about fiscal responsibility. When was the last balanced budget delivered by Republicans? Long before I was aware, and that makes it before the 70s. Bush Jr. inherited a balanced budget 8 years ago, and ruined it. Fuck you. Fuck you. Fuck you.
3. I don't trust Hillary. She's taken way too much money from lobbyists. She's no agent of change. If she's elected, it will be 24 years of a Bush or Clinton. That is not good for the country. I'll vote for her if I have to, but she's just triage. Her claiming "experience" is bullshit. She's been in congress for 3 more years than Obama. Before that it was throwing tea parties at the White House. That is not experience. Piss off. Obama was in state government since 1994. That is far more relevant experience. You don't hear people saying Romney doesn't have experience? Richardson and her husband were only governors. You don't get it both ways.
4. Richardson may be the best candidate, but because he is just like every other democratic nominee since 1980, except for Bill Clinton, he can never win. By just like, I mean smart but BORING. That's what has lost us the last two elections. Gore is smart, but not engaging. Kerry is smart but not engaging. IF the Dems had put some some smart AND likable, then it wouldn't have even been close.

I truly think that Obama or Edwards could do a better job, but that any of the Dems, will wipe up the Repug. field. I hope that remains true. They are ALL better than ANY of the Repugs. I was actually heartened watching the Dem. debate last weekend (and catching bits of the Repug one) I may not like Hillary like I do Obama and Edwards, but they are all smart and capable candidates. I think Obama and Edwards are less tied to the corporate money machine, but none of them are truly progressive. Unfortunately, I don't think a true progressive can get elected right now. We need to move the country away from the scared greedy old men of the 50s, but it won't happen in one election.

All that said, I am really glad that a woman and a black man are both seriously considered as presidential candidates. Hopefully, the Dems can keep having double the turnout of the Repugs.

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