Monday, February 04, 2008

Super Tuesday Is Now!

As it turns out, a confused - or malicious - squirrel was chewing through "the line" as it ran from the telephone pole to the house. New line, no more phone static and vastly improved internet access. Voila! Now my Blogger spellchecker isn't working, though, so please try to politely ignore my typos.

By this time tomorrow night, the Democrat and Republican nominees for president will probably be decided. (If you live in one of the 24 states holding primary elections tomorrow/today: go vote! Vote! Seriously, vote! Isn't this almost as important as the SuperBowl, which 97.5 million people watched? Yes, it is. Trust me. It's still a silly game, but with far more meaningful consequences.)

The last six couples I talked to about the primary are split the same way Paul and I are. I'm planning to vote for Clinton; he's planning to vote for Obama. There's no political rankor in our home; both of us believe that both candidates are qualified and would do a good job. We each dithered back and forth between the two before landing where we have. It's still interesting that so many people we know are splitting this same way: women for Hillary, men for Barack. These are, for the most part, all liberal, progressive, pro-feminist, racism-is-baaaaad folk.

I too am excited by Obama's positive, energizing message. I'm very excited by the possibility of an African American president. I think it would be overwhelmingly wonderful to have a president named Barack Hussein Obama who spent several of his formative years in an Islamic nation.

Given all that, there are three main reasons why I've decided to vote for HRC tomorrow.
  1. I took that quiz I told you about, and it told me that I (surprisingly!) agree with Hillary on most of the big issues.
  2. I think that she has the experience to know how to work the system in the way that it needs to be worked in order to get things accomplished. I don't like that this system is there, but I think most new presidents have a learning curve as they realize how they must bargain with congress.
  3. While I was watching the pre-South Carolina debate, I had a visceral response to seeing Clinton on that stage, with Obama and Edwards, running the show for large chunks of the evening. I didn't think it would make such a big difference, but I felt something, watching someone who looks a little like me in that position. What would this say to girls - and boys - who grow up seeing this as normal, as a possibility?
Of course, I have some reservations, too.

Another interesting piece of this decision is Edwards/Kucinich/Dodd/Biden/Etc. My youngest sister and I find ourselves at odds with our parents over this issue. My parents like Edwards, and feel that he's electable. That might had made them decide to vote for him in their primary (had he not dropped out already) despite their being excited by the possibility of a female or African American president. To them, the big question is: who can win against the Republican candidate?

That's not the major issue for me. I'm more jaded. I've seen Democrats who aren't so different from Republicans. I am skeptical about how much good a president can really do. There wasn't a perfect (for me) white male candidate in the field. (In fact, HRC and Obama come as close to representing me as any other candidate.) Given that, I can't bring myself to vote for a white man who looks just like every single other president we've ever had. Sorry, Edwards.


Orange said...

I'm hoping the GOP nominates Romney, who tends to flip-flop and lie and be an underwhelming candidate. I think Clinton or Obama could trounce him in November. I'm worried that the GOP party hacks, Rush Limbaugh, et al., won't get their way, though, and that McCain will be the nominee. He's 100% a conservative voter, and yet his reputation is that of a maverick. I could see some liberals wanting to vote for him regardless of, say, his solidly anti-choice voting record. I think McCain would be tougher to beat.

Sarahlynn said...

Orange, I completely agree about Romney and McCain. No matter how much they hate Clinton, I don't think that evangelical voters will turn out in massive numbers for a Mormon candidate.

And McCain . . . even some liberals are "impressed" by him; remmants of the Straigh Talk Express idea, I guess. But he lost any respect I ever had for him by playing the role of Bush's rubber stamp for the past 4 years.

Anonymous said...

Well, you're wrong about things being decided! Looks like we're in this for quite a while!

Edwards was my pick, too (and I felt lots of white liberal guilt for it, but I'm not a single issue voter, but poverty is a MAJOR thing for me, and he was absolutely the best for that.) But, well, I finally chose between the remaining two. Missed my voting opp due to my stupidity (note to others: CHECK on your state's policy on independent voters before registering independent....learn from my stupidity.)

Anyway, it's exciting that it's still really up in the air. Which is good since I'd hate to live in one of the last states to vote and feel like it was all over before it began. It's bad because we still have to watch the commercials!

Sarahlynn said...

I agree! I'm glad that it's not all locked up . . . but I'm not looking forward to the continued struggle. My parents live in a May primary state, and they might actually get some attention this year.

In any other field, Edwards probably would have been my guy, too.

stljoie said...

My husband voted for Obama and I for Hillary and then I was thrilled that Obama carried the state. My husband reminded me...when I spoke of experience....that Jack Kennedy was a junior senator when he was elected.

flatflo said...

Edwards' stance on the issues was very appealing to me, especially after I saw that Ralph Nader was backing him. Funny, I grew up thinking the Nader was a bit of a nut, but recently saw a PBS bio on him. You really have to admire a lot of the things he has accomplished and his stance on consumer protection, as all of us are consumers!

I am leaning toward Barack as more electable than Hillary. I have heard too many democrats and republicans alike express their dislike for her. I think we would see many people turn out to cast a vote against another President Clinton. I don't like that I am making such a big decision based on this, but I'm trying to be realistic.

Sarahlynn said...

Edwards's stance on poverty was very appealing to me.

And I agree with about Nade for the most part; I had a lot of respect for him before 2004!