What world do we live in?

June 1, 2007

I think we’re so desperate for a presidential President at this point we’ll talk ourselves into anybody. I’m torn between the realistic view – you know, all these candidates for the 2008 election, from both parties, are flawed and no one really separates themselves – and the optimistic view: they can all pronounce words correctly and express themselves through debate and not a series of smirks and eyebrow raises.

Take this video of Fred Thompson. He seems sober, serious and intelligent, like we’d expect from our President. He uses the words “fissile” and “porous” and the phrase “ad infinitum” and pronounces them all correctly. How refreshing!

 On the other hand, I can’t believe my first choice for the Republican nomination (the party which will usually win my vote, unless the candidates seem like overt and proactive social conservatives) is an actor from Days of Thunder. I mean, this is the best we can do?

 Likewise, there’s Barack Obama. He’s the most likely Democrat I’d vote for – I can’t see myself voting for Hillary and I absolutely despise John Edwards. However, on the national level, he only has 3 years of experience – not even a full term! – as a senator from Illinois. He has another 8 years of experience as an Illinois State Senator, which is a really big deal when you’re a democratic state senator running in a democratic state from a democratic area (Hyde Park) of a democratic city (Chicago). And yet I’d consider voting to elevate a man from state senator to President in a 4 year span.

Ironically, in this presidential race, it seems like we’re succumbing to the “soft bigotry of low expectations” that Bush always used to harp on, only this time it’s the low expectations of the presidency after 8 years of buffoonery, ill deeds, and chaos.

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One Response to “What world do we live in?”

  1. Sam Says:

    Scott, good to see you blogging again. Hope you keep it up regularly. I can’t get excited about Thompson either. What are your thoughts on Giuliani?


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