Hey…let’s talk about some Democrats!

Wow, so there was, like, a lot of stuff that happened this week.

Here’s a big goddamn surprise:  I want to talk about the election!

I’m mildly embarrassed to admit that I didn’t actually vote in the primaries (oh my god, she didn’t?  Why does she hate America??).   If it makes you feel better, I surprised myself bigtime.  I registered here almost as soon as I moved and was all geared up to vote, and then Edwards dropped out of the race and my bitter little heart shriveled up and died.  I’m a HUGE fan of Edwards and have been since he ran in the 2004 election.  I wasn’t necessarily surprised that he dropped out, but I really wanted to be able to vote for him so I was hoping that he would hang in there for a few more weeks.

And then I was faced with the two other candidates which I hadn’t thought much about (well, that isn’t actually accurate.  I’ve spent a great deal of time listening to them debate and following their campaigns and cheering them on, but since I was an Edwards gal, I hadn’t really thought about supporting either one of them).  So here’s my problem:  I like both of them.  Immensely.  I think that they are both amazing and inspiring and passionate and brilliant and I would be 100,000% behind either one of them if they got the nomination, but I couldn’t choose.  If I voted for Obama, I would have felt like I was betraying Hillary and if I voted for Hillary, I would have felt the same betrayal towards Obama.  I was simply torn.  For the days leading up to the election and the day of, I waffled back and forth between the two, but by the time I was getting home and I drove past the polling place, I still didn’t have one chosen, so I just didn’t vote.

It seems kinda terrible, I know, but I just couldn’t decide.  And to make myself feel better about it here are my other excuses:

1.  Uhhhh…primary!  It’s not like this is the actual election.

2.  Uhhhh…Massachusetts?  Even despite the very high profile endorsements of the Kennedys*, Gov. Deval Patrick, and Treebeard himself, Massachusetts was still polling heavily for Clinton.   It wasn’t like it was going to be a big surprise who won.   And it wasn’t.

But then I saw the returns, and Hillary (narrowly) won.  And I was actually a little…disappointed.   So that’s how I realized that of the two of them, I think I support Obama (even though I didn’t vote for him) (and even though I’ll happily and passionately support her if SHE gets the nomination) and I hope to see him running for the top spot.

And also about the election:  I got actual chills when I was watching the returns and realized that in November, this country will almost certainly elect the first woman or the first black president.  How amazing is that?  I NEVER thought we would get to this point in my lifetime.

*Super Fantastic Oh-My-Holy-Goddamn-Moment that I forgot to tell you about:  When we were in Logan Airport two Fridays ago eating Wendy’s, Pete leaned over to me and said, “Taylor, do you know who that is over there?” whilst pointing to an older man with silvery hair in a very nice blue suit and a pink tie talking to two similarly well-dressed but younger companions.  I said: “No!  Who’s that?” and he said: “That’s Joe Kennedy!”

And then I lost my shit (and funnily enough, when I called my mom to say MOM I’M STANDING 10 FEET AWAY FROM JOE KENNEDY IN LOGAN AIRPORT!! her response was”….no shit!?”).  Because I was about 10 feet away from an Honest-to-God Legendary Massachusetts Kennedy!  And since my primary reasons for coming here were:

1.  to play in the snow

2. to contract whatever poisoning you get from eating too much shellfish, and

3. to be in close proximity to a Kennedy, even one that is not quite as famous as some of his relatives

I can say that I have nearly successfully completed my Yankee-Goals as long as I eat just a few more fried clams.

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ezra on February 10, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Well, in November you will definitely not see a woman elected President. I’m sorry, I know that most of your readers are women, but it isn’t going to happen. Hillary is a polarizing figure. As much as you want to believe that America wants a democrat, that isn’t entirely true. It will be a hard fought race. There is no Republican that will vote for her. In order to win you have to be able to get a lot of people to cross party lines, and she just can’t do that. She is hated by Republicans. Of course, that is stupid because there is no reason to hate her, even if you disagree with her politics. She hasn’t done anything to spite a nation.

    With that said, I have been supporting Obama for a long time. Lindsey and I have both volunteered for his campaign and donated portions of our meager salaries to him. Lindsey actually organized the event in Selma where Obama came and walked across the bridge. She was trying to get involved, and Artur Davis said, ” Hey Lindsey, why don’t you handle this for me.” Okay, it didn’t go quite like that, but you get the idea. Obama is her buddy. If you need information about him I have a big document that outlines all of his plans that I can email you.

    Ultimately, I think I am supporting the candidate that will do more for average people… you know, what most of us are. And I don’t care for Clinton’s brand of win-at-all-costs politics. I would like to believe that we can have a President that doesn’t divide the country. But that is just my take. I’m just a lowly student, and my take doesn’t mean much to most of the politicians.

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  2. Posted by Ezra on February 10, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    oh, and you can go to my webpage (it’s mostly for the class I teach, so not very exciting), and check out the cool Obama music video if you haven’t seen it.

    http://homepage.uab.edu/egallo

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  3. Posted by Sandrita on February 12, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Ezra– my boss, a rich hard-fast republican doctor, voted for Hillary in the Alabama democratic primary and if she wins the nomination he intends to vote for her. He said he is tired of the republican party and with McCain there will be no change so he wants to give a democratic woman a chance. I would have NEVER believed that I would hear HIM say something like that. I have since talked to two other republican friends of mine who told me that they intend to support the democratic nominee. My friend, the times they are a changing…

    I do agree that I don’t think Hillary can be elected–two many folks (both democrats and republicans, both male and female) hate her.

    Send me the email you talked about–I am an Obama supporter. smacent@mindspring.com

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  4. Posted by Teresa on February 14, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    HA! I voted in the DC primary, even though everyone and their mom knew the District would go to Obama (and that’s who I voted for…along with 75% of the other voters in DC! Woot! :-D)
    Like you, I was an Edwards girl until he dropped out. 😦 But of the two remaining candidates, I have to say I go for Obama. As nice as it would be to have a female president, as mentioned above, I really don’t think Clinton can get elected. Too many people in this country have this deranged, irrational hatred of her (trust me–you so much as mention her name and most people in South Dakota start frothing at the mouth). Probably one of the best ways to reunite the Republican party would be to nominate Clinton.
    (And one of the things that annoys me immensely is when Clinton supporters imply that you can’t be a real feminist if you don’t vote for Clinton…AUGH! I’m not going to vote for someone just because of their gender–or race for that matter! That’s just as bad as people who *won’t* vote for her because she’s a woman! Okay, okay, rant over…)
    🙂

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  5. Posted by Teresa on February 14, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    (Also, Obama was at the Eastern Market metro station here in DC Tuesday morning…EM is ONE metro station from where I get on! I missed him by ONE metro station! Waaaaaaah!)

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  6. Posted by Jenna on February 17, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    What about Mike Gravel?!

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