AHHH! It’s Bilary!
The Morning Call, the area’s local newspaper, is running a straw poll cleverly called “Pretend You Matter!” It’s funny because it’s true. As much as young people are urged to “rock the vote”, if young Pennsylvanians head out to vote in the state presidential primary on April 22, it probably won’t make much of a difference at all. After two dozen states hold their primaries on Feb. 6, it looks like the party nominees will be known. Of course, you never know in this wacky election.
The straw poll has Clinton and Obama in a dead-heart, while Ron Paul seems to be heading up the the Republican nominees. Interestingly enough, I hadn’t heard of Ron Paul until I saw Paul supporters gallantly holding “Ron Paul in 2008″ signs in the mall area as the Christmas season shopping began. I doubt Ron Paul has a chance against the others in the field, but I admire the passion of his supporters. I haven’t seen supporters for any other candidate standing in the freezing cold with huge homemade signs weekend after weekend for their candidate. So I looked into the guy, and he seems pretty solid. I might even vote for him in the primary, even though my vote will mean diddly squat.
Then there’s Obama who’s battling it out with not only Hilary, but with Bill as well. Andrew Sullivan points this out in his column “The Daily Dish”. Sullivan suggests that voting for Hillary is also a vote for Bill and refers to Hillary’s campaign as the Clintons’ campaign (the term “Bilary” has also come back into play). He summarizes it like this, “At least now we know what this race is about: Obama versus the Clintons. Both of them. Their dynasty. Their power. Their methods. Their character.” The column itself, though brief, is brilliant and well-written. Check it out.
Despite the polls, many of my liberal friends are not pro-Bilary. One even told me she would do the unthinkable–vote for a Republican candidate if it would keep Bilary from taking office. Ouch. As much as I’d like to see a woman take the office of President, I don’t want it to be Hillary. I relate to her as a woman, but not as a politician. To fulfill the obligations as President, I need to respect her politics, and I don’t. In fact, I don’t trust her or her husband one bit. Why would I want these people in the White House again?
If it comes down to Bilary versus a Republican contender, the Republican contender might have better chances, even with all the complaints about the GOP and the Bush White House, just because people dislike Bilary so much. Obama pitted against a Republican, any Republican, is a much more formidable candidate for the Democratic Party. If they’ve got any sense at all, they’ll offer up Obama as their man.
As for the Republicans, I’ve got no idea what’s going on what that party. Huckabee looks to be the most conservative candidate out of Romney, McCain, and Guiliani. Romney’s record on abortion and the fact he’s a Mormon still weigh heavily against him. Guiliani is way too liberal to be a Republican forerunner. In my opinion, it comes down to Huckabee and McCain, which begs the question–do Republicans want a moderate like McCain in office or a conservative like Huckabee? I fear that Huckebee’s Christian values will align him too closely with Bush and he won’t appeal to moderates. Yet McCain’s support of the Iraq war also makes him a wild card as public support for the war is dropping every day.
All I have left to say is this–anyone but Bilary!