It's weird that I'm more worked up about the Republican Candidates, none of whom I plan to vote for in November, than the Democratic Candidates. I think it's because I'm not really excited about any of them (like I was with Howard Dean in '04), but will most likely vote for whoever the party nominates. Before someone gets all worked up and calls me a sheep, my follower mentality in this election is largely because I find Barack and Hillary to both be decent candidates, yet am not sure that either of them are "electable". I also get the feeling that they are both so focused on seeming "Presidential" they are are unable to build the excitement that Howard Dean did going in the primaries. Big deal, the guy yelled in a weird voice.
UPDATE: I feel the need to clarify since I don't know how many of you know what is going on with the Michigan Primaries. My attitude probably has a lot to do with the fact that my vote won't actually count in the primaries. Hillary is the only major Democratic candidate on the ballot, even writing in any of the other major candidates will not be counted. Lastly, our delegates won't even be counted, so Hillary being on the ballot is irrelevant. At this point I'm very unlikely to even bother to vote, since there is no point in voting Democratic, and voting Republican would be based on which Republican I thought the Democrats could beat. Generally I donate about $25 a year to the democratic party, sure it's not a lot, but it's not like I make a ton. This year I've decided that money will go to animal rescue rather than a party who chooses to disenfranchise an entire state.
We haven't had campaigning here outside of a few Mitt Romney commercials, in which he tells of plans to cut taxes on large companies "so they can compete against China", plus at the end of the commercial during which he is talking the entire time he goes "I'm Mitt Romney and I approved this message." I know that's a standard "sign-off", but the way it comes across to me is "In case you weren't sure if I was in control of my mouth during the last 30 seconds, I did mean to say all that."
Basically, there just isn't a lot to get excited about around here.
Thursday, January 3, 2008