i try to avoid writing about politics here on the ol' blog for several reasons, one being (mainly) my fear of saying something stupid and then, of course, being ridiculed by people who are way smarter than me. but, since the olympics are over and i don't get to stare at this guy anymore -
i now have the brain space to pay attention to politics again. and what a week i chose to dust off my bejing '08 coma and watch some actual news.
so i might not be the passionate obama supporter that sat glued to the convention last week with tears streaming down my face every time "yes we can" got fired up, but i do have a couple of things to say about mccain and his new vp candidate, sarah (i wish i could like you just because you've got the coolest name ever and SPELL it the rigHt way!) palin. and those things are ....
- do i kind of wish - as much as it hurts my heart to say this (as someone who totally respects hillary but was was ADAMANT in the fact that we need someone other than a clinton or bush in the white house next term) right now - that hillary had been the vp obama chose? um. not quite sure on this one, although i am bothered by one (quite sexist) point i heard made somewhere yesterday when someone pointed out that palin was a good choice, if for the only reason being biden couldn't be his normal rough and aggressive "bulldog" self in the debates because he would be going up against sweet, charming, been in vogue GIRL. so if this was in anyway a possible part of the reasoning in mccain selecting palin, then BOO. give the lady some credit. from what i've seen of palin she seems like she could at least temperamentally hold her own with the boys, so here's hoping no one (joe, i'm talking to you) holds back. but back to my original point . . . if hillary HAD been the nominee, then holy sweet pickles, those debates would have been something because yall know hillary (even those of you who don't care for her) ain't holdin' nothing back when it comes to fighting with words. here's my prediction: you are going to see hillary A LOT more on the campaign trail over the next couple-a months.
- mccain may have had my vote if he had chosen kay bailey hutchinson to run with him. (dude. she was a former UT cheerleader! how much of an AWESOME image is that to little girls? "seriously girls, you can be anything you want . . . i was a cheerleader AND vice president, so be smart, stay in school.") i'm crossing my fingers that she turned him down and is planning to mount the attack against rick perry. the day she does will be historic . . . i will vote for a republican. on purpose.
- the selection of a woman is OBVIOUS pandering. (not that my dems have been innocent of this. trust. i know. i'm objective, i.e. cynical. really.) so my hope is that all of us women voters (well not me, since i live in texas and my vote isn't going to really matter, but all of you women voters in new mexico, ohio, colorado, pennsylvania, missouri, wisconsin, florida, georgia?, etc.) USE OUR BRAINS. if your brain leads you to put a mark next to the elephant on your ballot, then so be it. BUT. do think about this (as my mom and i were talking about yesterday) - how much of an insult could it be to women - especially hillary's supporters (lil' sis, i'm talkin' to you) - to think that we would vote for mccain JUST BECAUSE he selected a woman as his running mate? is there something derogatory implied in his choice? i guess this kind of thing always happens in politics. it's like choosing a running mate of a certain religious leaning just to get those people to vote for you. i've just never been the intended audience, so it makes me think a little harder.
- more than ever, i will miss tim russert when i skip church tomorrow to stay home and watch meet the press.
- whatever the outcome, there will be a first in the white house, which is almost as good as watching the phelps, et al, beat the french in the relay a few weeks ago. almost.
- um. palin is from alaska. mccain is older than the state of alaska. i'm sorry, but you have to laugh at that no matter what color you bleed - red OR blue. so now, let's all get together and link arms and sing "we are the world."