I’m terribly confused at the moment. I don’t like any of the Democratic candidates. On the Republican side, Tancredo is bowing out, Thompson never got there, Giuliani seems a bit canned and too attached to urban values, and Huckabee is far too soft on terrorism. In fact, I just went over to Ron Paul’s site, someone I initially dismissed as a nut, and I must admit that on the issues he’s starting to make a lot of sense. I’m not sure I’m ready to vote for him yet, but my opinion of him is growing.
I’d like to get input from other GoV readers.
To all our commenters and readers who’ve asked about this issue, I’ll give the unspoken-till-now reasons that we don’t cover the presidential campaign:
- Everything we’ve heard so far is boringly predictable.
- Watching a campaign for two years is excruciating to endure, never mind having to talk about it.
- Despite their physical differences, these people are cookie cutter candidates (except, of course, for the one Sodra mentioned, Ron Paul. He is idiosyncratically himself).
- The non-stop discussion of the subject in the MSM trivializes the process of selecting a president.
- In fact, these are not candidates with any gravitas, they are entertainment “personalities.”
- the eternal jostling for position and sound bites — not to mention throwing tacks in the road where other candidates are traveling — is embarrassing to watch. These people actually want to assume the office of President. So far all they’ve done is muddy the Oval Office.
When October, 2008 rolls around…
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…we will have plenty of time to look at whoever remains standing. Then we’ll be ready for a lively, engaged discussion with our readers. At that point, it will be one Republican, one Democrat — and who knows, maybe a third party will present some dark horse for your consideration.
Until then, however, it’s best to avert your eyes from the fracas. Having to watch the cool-on-the-surface-frantic-underneath swagger and posturing that is a constant in every medium available can’t be good for your mind. Or your spirit.
And don’t forget: every politician practices taqiyya in the cause of their ambition. When the time comes, we simply have to pick the candidate least likely to cause us any further harm.
Anyway, you could probably guess for yourselves our political preferences and make a good stab at who we’d endorse next October. Until then, we’re just as confused as Sodra.
Recommendation: avoid all media with regard to this particular circus and get engaged again with your real life. You can bet these jokers aren’t going anywhere in the meantime.
An avid follower of American politics once said that whoever wins in any given presidential campaign is always the candidate that our country deserves.