October 8, 2008


I'm tired. These candidates and parties and commercials and running mates and banter have bored and confused me so much that I'm no longer sure what I look for in a candidate. It used to be that I could imagine "that guy" I'd love to vote for, but now...oh, I don't know.

Should I vote party line? Should I vote for the one who speaks the best? Should I vote for the guy my gut likes? (This would be great, if my gut actually had a preference.) Should I vote for the party my conscience likes? (That would be great if the party my conscience favors were one of the two that actually have a chance.) Should I catch a terrible cold and be bedridden that Tuesday?

It's just that it seems with every presidential election I feel more and more hopeless.
Is it because I'm old?
Is it because I don't know enough of the "facts?"
Is it because Tweedledee and Tweedledum are getting dum-mer?

~sigh~ I'm going to close my eyes and try to conjure up that perfect candidate. Maybe he'll be able to answer some of these questions for me. Yes, for starters, my perfect candidate would be able to answer a question.


rosemary said...

I'd like a candidate that told the truth...pretty simple to me..... and he could also be handsome or she could be pretty and intelligent. My eyes are closing too.... and my feelings about this election.

kristen said...

For me, this year, it's about some key issues. One big giant one, for me, is same sex couples. My sister just married the woman to whom she's been legally committed for more than 8 years and together as a couple for more than 10. They have 2 amazing children (the oldest is 13 months younger than my oldest and the youngest is 14 months younger than my youngest). I need someone in there who believes, as I do, that love is love and they need to be able to be there for each other when one is in the hospital.

And, I have some pretty strong feelings about Sarah Palin and some of her ideas as well. Maybe more politically than you want to hear from me *smile*

I have a nice piece by Annie Lamott (have I told you before that she is good friends with the family of one of MY good friends??) on the whole thing. Let me know if you want me to forward it your way.

kristen said...

here's the piece by Annie Lamott: http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/2008/09/16/anne_lamott/

I figured our politics could be different, and I appreciate you're reading them anyway :)

The first time I'd heard of Annie Lamott was on Fresh Air (NPR) way way back in - gosh, 1994? I can't remember what year Operating Instructions came out. I was almost home and had listened to Terri Gross interviewing Ms Lamott for quite a while and decided I HAD to go and buy the book. So I went to our little local store and (perhaps b/c it was in the bay area and she is from Mill Valley), they had the book. I was in love. Man, what a writer she is. I think my favorite of her books is _Hard Laughter_.

KimP said...

How does a person know who to vote for when the things that will most define their presidency are the things that will show up on the national and international stage during the next 4-8 years? I only wish all the things they said they were going to do were actually accomplishable....