Gloomy Wednesday…

It is bitter cold today.  And there is a light coating of snow outside.  It’s also quite windy.  So windy that our windows are rattling.  There might be some sunshine today, or so the weather-liars have promised.  Yesterday it was 48 degrees and all of the previous snow accumulation melted.  I love winter, I really do.  And I love snow.  But I love lots of snow, not just a dusting.  And I don’t so much care for the bitter cold.  I enjoy 31 degrees and a ton of snow, not 5 degrees and a dusting. 

I’m going to talk some politics now, so if it is not your thing, you might want to read something else.

The first time I ever voted I was 19 years old and it was the 1992 election.  I voted for Bill Clinton in the general election, but my love, respect and primary vote went to Paul Tsongas.  I was young and attending a small, liberal, all women’s college.  That’s how I explain it to myself now.  In 1996, I dutifully voted for another 4 years for President Clinton.  His opponent, Bob Dole, just didn’t do anything for me.  And he seemed to be too old.  Too old and stodgy for a 23 year old voter.  And I really didn’t care for that “he’s the next guy in the line” the Republicanswere pushing at the time.  But I did like his running-mate, Jack Kemp.  Not just for his economic proposals but for his former NFL status.  During that election, I started to suspect that I might have more republican/libertarian leanings than I had previously thought.  But when one is making the transition from one ideology to another, it feels safer to jump into libertarianism first.

By the time the 2000 election rolled around, I was all the way in to the republican/libertarian thing.  I had no affection for John McCain in the Republican primary and George W. Bush was already the presumed nominee by the time my state got to vote.  I dislike Al Gore and his political platform, so voting for Bush in the general election was a fairly easy thing to do.  It was really more of an anti-Gore vote than a pro-Bush vote.  If the candidate had been Jeb Bush, then it would have been a pro-Bush vote.  But it wasn’t and I’ll never forgive history for that.  When the 2004 election came, I voted for President Bush again.  I may be crappy at picking a primary candidate, but I have voted for the eventual winner* every time.

Now it is election season all over again.  I want to be excited, as I am a political junkie, but I am not.  I am not enthused about any of the candidates from either party.  I tried to get myself excited about Giuliani, but it was difficult because of his multiple marriages and sad family life.  Huckabee scares the crap out of me.  Thompson seemed good on issues but horrible on running for office.  McCain is still McCain…  And Romney…  I don’t know.  There is just something about him that is too polished.  I cannot and will not vote for Hillary Clinton.  And while I hear all of these people talking about how inspiring and vibrant Barack Obama is, I just don’t get it.  Yes, he gives amazing speeches, but they are empty.  And what policies he has fleshed out are pure socialism.  Not my thing.  Which is also why I couldn’t get behind John Edwards.  That, and he is a trial lawyer which makes me throw up in my mouth a little.

A candidate who would inspire me?  A person who gave speeches like Obama, had the conservatism of Thompson, was friendly to the gay community like Giuliani, had the family life and business acumen of Romney, the military experience of McCain, the respect for the Constitution like Ron Paul, the will to fight to the death like Hillary, have experienced the difficulty of paying the electric bill like Huckabee and absolutely nothing that is the smarminess of Edwards.  And I would like this pretend candidate to be both black and female, so we could still have those American political “firsts“.  That is who I would happily vote for, without any hesitation or reservation.  But that person doesn’t seem to exist.  Not yet anyway.

So it is a gloomy Wednesday for me.  McCain looks to be the republican nominee.  If Obama wins the nomination for the democrats, McCain is going to look like a rotting corpse standing next to him at the debates.  It will be Kennedy/Nixon all over again.  Youth and vitality will win out.  And I can’t say that I would totally disprove.  I don’t know that I will be able to pull the lever for McCain.  It would be easier if his opponent was Hillary.  But if it is Obama, I just don’t know…

Hey, the sun has come out.  Apparently it doesn’t know that McCain won Florida.

*Yes, the 2000 general election left some doubt to many people as to who “really” won.  That’s why I gifted it with an asterisk. 

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