so bummed about edwards withdrawing

For sure, I thought, he’d stay in until February 5th. I’m convinced Edwards would’ve done much better if the media would have covered his campaign and his issues, but all the major newspapers and blabbermouths acted like there were only two candidates.

I really think Edwards has the best ideas and plans to benefit the majority of Americans. Ah well. Maybe whomever wins will be smart enough to give him a significant cabinet post.

Barak Obama is my second choice, well, really my third choice since my second choice is really Al Gore, so that’s who I’ll be voting for next week. Obama, I mean, not Gore (I wish). I’m not really thrilled about him, not much of a record to look at, but at least he thinks and I think he’ll be wise enough to tap the best and the brightest for his government. But I’m not excited enough about him to campaign for him. At least not yet.

The only way I will ever vote for Hillary Clinton is if she ends up the Democratic nominee and voting for a third-party candidate would result in a Republican back in the White House. I still haven’t forgiven her for botching universal health care. I detest Bill Clinton—I never voted for him, I voted for the lunatic Perot both times. We need to move beyond the bullshit-as-usual brand of Clintonism (both of them). The nineties are so over.

The blabbering pundits are kind of stupid about endorsements. Olbermann, Matthews, others I’ve heard say that endorsements really don’t matter to voters. I think they’re full of crap about that. Endorsements matter to me. They matter to our once-Republican (a pre-W ‘publican)—he said about Caroline Kennedy’s endorsement of Obama, “If she thinks highly enough of him to compare him with her father and get involved when she never has before, that says something about him. I’m voting for Barak.”

I’ve been doing better about work and getting a little more sleep. And reading more this week. I’m not where I want to be yet, but a bit closer. Progress, not perfection, hey?

Poor Ginger. She encountered the skunk again. Not nearly as bad this time—seems like she got it mostly in the mouth. Biggest thing was getting her upstairs and into the bathtub rather than hiding on her nest in the office. Got her up there and yelled at her as she was heading for her bed rather than the tub, but she finally jumped into the tub. Stanley got out of bed to put the Skunk Off on her—we saturated her with it and will give her a bath tomorrow. The odor was eye-watering at first, but has died down a lot, more at the mild rotting onions stage now. I’ll light some candles, put some orange peels in water on the radiator ...

in the morning.

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  1. I, too, am saddened about Edwards dropping out.  He was my first choice, as well.

    But he railed against large corporate interests, including the media, so it’s no wonder that they paid him short shrift.

    Plus, Obama and Clinton are “superstar” Democrats: she from her association with Bill (who should just shut up already), him from his rapid rise in 2003-04.  And their collective auras - one DLC machine, one more populist - eclipsed all others.  Had they not been in this race, Edwards would’ve won this thing, hands down.

    Obama has always been my second choice, for many of the same reasons you cite.  I worry that he has a bit of a “reality distortion” effect (I’ve heard multiple speeches of his in person, and it’s often tough to recall what, exactly, he said only shortly after he finishes his speech.

    And I worry that his field operation is run by young people who are incredibly na├»ve - much like Dean’s operation was back in 2004.  There’s a lot of young energy in the campaign, and more than a fair share of netroots populism.  Yet neither group has proven overly effective in turning out the vote - yet. 

    (And no, I don’t count 2006 as a good example of a “netroots revolution,” though there was more positive net-based influence, for sure.)

    And with Hillary, I have two main gripes:

    1. She surrounds herself with the scum of the Democratic party.  Most of all, I don’t want Terry MacAuliffe within a mile of DNC HQ - and Hillary’s folk would kick out all of Dean’s people, returning the DNC to the weak state it was in prior to 2005.
    2. She simply reeks of dynastic rule.  I shudder at the thought of young people never knowing a president other than a Bush or a Clinton.

    So we’ll see.  Obama is hitting the airwaves hard here in DC/MD/VA for our song-and-dance on February 12.  And who knows what’ll happen on Super-Duper-Mega-Fat Tuesday?

    Posted by Rudi  on  02/02  at  02:00 AM
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