The candidates are breaking down doors in Iowa where Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are going head to head.
According to the Associated Press In one speech Clinton argued that a candidate must be steeped in Washington in order to change it. The next day, the AP reported that Obama said in his speech, “You can’t at once argue that you are a master of a broken system in Washington and offer yourself as the person to change it.”
As with many campaigns of the past, both camps are accusing the other of negative remarks, a reaction to voter’s preferences for positive messages. “No I didn’t.” “Yes You Did.” I’ve heard more interesting arguments from 5th graders. Do the candidates think that American voters are so idiotic that they can’t discern what’s negative and what’s not? Do we really need these people to point out the obvious?
Meanwhile, Clinton has announced that it’s time to “pick a President.” She’s argued that being married to Bill Clinton during his Presidency has given her experience with top level politics that the other candidates simply don’t have. I’m not sure that I agree.
If my husband is a businessman and I have dinner with him and his associates on numerous occasions does that make me qualified to be a CEO? I doubt it, but that’s not all Clinton has going for her. So it may not be time to totally shut her out in the cold.
With Iowa and New Hampshire coming early this year, the Holiday season was even more cluttered with campaign ads than usual. What will voters think? One popular saying in New Hampshire is, “In Iowa they pick corn, in New Hampshire we pick Presidents.” I’m not sure if that’s the best approach to take, but in the end only time will tell.
Giuliani is foregoing Iowa and New Hampshire, pinning his dreams on Florida and California while Huckabee tries to avoid questions about a pardon from his past. What about Ron Paul? He seems to be the grass-roots-across-party-lines, choice, but candidates like this have never been elected before.
While we’re on the subject, I’d like to congratulate whichever party started the myth that voting for an independent is “throwing your vote away.” Whoever is responsible for this has insured that many people won’t vote their true conscience because they don’t believe the vote will make a difference.
Will the nation vote democratic as it largely did in 2006? I don’t know, and we can call each other names, focus on the negative all we want, but I for one, am not overly impressed by ANY of the candidates. Then again, I was always told that voting was simply picking the lesser evil.