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Jon Stewart's patented Presidential Debate Rave House and Swingatorium! 
31st-Jan-2008 08:25 pm
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It's downright embarrassing how much I love this... XD

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1st-Feb-2008 05:08 am (UTC)
Ah, if only he were single... And not almost twice as old as I am.

I'm sad that Edwards dropped out, so now I don't get to vote for him, though. Couldn't he have just sucked it up through Super Tuesday? I'm fine voting for Obama and all, and if Hillary gets the nom, I'll happily vote for her, but I liked the guy who was arguing poverty issues.
1st-Feb-2008 05:27 am (UTC)
Ah, if only he were single... And not almost twice as old as I am.

Well, yeah, being taken is a problem, but I don't see why you're worrying about age differences... XD If I had my choice, though, I think I'd take Colbert. XD XD

I liked Edwards' policy proposals, but seeing him get flattened in the VP debates by Cheney back in 2004 left me with a sour taste in my mouth. Generally speaking, I much prefer Clinton, both personality-wise (Am I the only one in the world who thinks this? Some women's college solidarity thing in me coming out? I really don't understand myself. ^^; ) and because her domestic policy proposals are further left than Obama's.
1st-Feb-2008 06:15 am (UTC)
I should really be doing more research on the candidates. It's bad enough that we have propositions to vote on in California this time around (complicated ones, too, involving term limits and taxes on Indian casinos and stuff--I know I want to vote for more community colleges and fire stations, but which Indian casino tax policy sends more money into the school system? I don't know...).

I just don't know about Clinton. Her unabashed ambition just kind of rubs me the wrong way, I guess--but it's certainly not like I think she'd use her power for evil or anything. Maybe I'm just jealous because when I was in fifth grade, I thought *I* was going to be the first female president. :-) (I beat the popular kid out for class prez, and I took it as the beginning of a promising political career--then I hit middle school and it all changed...)
1st-Feb-2008 06:29 am (UTC)
See, I think the unabashed ambition is one of the things I most *like* about Clinton. Heh. I admire people who work their asses off to have it all, especially when "having it all" for them means changing the world for the better. I certainly don't have the willpower for that sort of thing. (And since I wasn't born in this country, Leader of the Free World(tm) isn't an option. :P ) People who kinda mosey sideways into their success disgust me. >_<

Maybe you'll still have the opportunity to be the first female president. The outcome of the democratic race is certainly still up in the air right now. ^^;
2nd-Feb-2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
True enough--and I'm sure that Obama is just as conscious of his potential place in history as Clinton, even though the opportunity to change the world is also obviously important to both as well. I've got some thinking to do before Tuesday...

I think my history of editing explicit man-on-man comics would be tough to overcome in a public campaign. :-)
2nd-Feb-2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
I think my history of editing explicit man-on-man comics would be tough to overcome in a public campaign.

*laughs* Maybe you could pass it off as a "youthful indiscretion." Or maybe by the time you're old enough to run, sexual orientations won't matter so much anymore. (Yeah, I can hope.)

The healthcare platform is *the* make or break issue for me (which shouldn't be surprising, given my near run-ins with uninsured emergency lifesaving surgery over the past few years--I've now got for-profit bill collectors hounding me...what is this, the Dark Ages?). Edwards and Clinton had the strongest proposals among the Democratic frontrunners; Obama's was weaker, but if Obama wins the nomination, he gets my vote in November. But I'm hoping for Clinton 'cause she definitely has an instinct for the fight, and taking on the insurance companies is going to be a fight to the death, I'm sure.
3rd-Feb-2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
That's a really good point about health care. As much as the medical system in California sucks, at least I'm covered by TP. I know so many people who aren't, and it's awful.
1st-Feb-2008 09:28 am (UTC)
I liked Edwards' policy proposals, but seeing him get flattened in the VP debates by Cheney back in 2004 left me with a sour taste in my mouth.

I'm glad to hear someone else say that. I liked Edwards best as a speaker, but I've had to remind myself I similarly liked him in 2004 and that candidate disappeared in the V-P debate. Edwards was that candidate I liked best in the race, but I always worried that he'd morph into the guy I saw on the VP debate.

From a personality standpoint, I like Clinton better, too, though the "tears" moment bothered me -- not for the tears but the way she talked about how some people don't understand how important the issues we face are had a patronizing tone for me. Aside from her Senate record (a huge problem for me), my biggest problem with Clinton is that she sometimes phrases things like the only reason someone may disagree with her stance is immaturity, a contrarian nature, foolishness or ego. Considering her history, I can see why she'd see things that way -- that was the motivation of the opposition she and her husband faced during his presidency.

My big worry with Obama is that he hasn't faced the kind of scrutiny Clinton has and I don't have a good idea of how well he'd handle a smear group like the Swift Boat crew.
1st-Feb-2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
Actually, the "tears" moment moved me precisely because of what she said. I empathize with the pain of being thwarted when there is someone you clearly want to do be able to do more than anything. But then I already liked her even before that, so naturally I'd react sympathetically, right? :P

It's funny; I've heard Clinton criticized for being patronizing, and I've heard her criticized for running an entirely poll-driven campaign a.k.a. say and do exactly what the majority of people want. *shrugs* Either way, I DESPERATELY want to see this universal healthcare initiative go through, Clinton's plan is as strong as Edwards' (and better than Obama's), and, quite frankly, the people who are against it *are* morons; treating them otherwise is from the get-go is a possibly devastating capitulation.
2nd-Feb-2008 03:54 am (UTC)
For the most part that "tears" moment was moving to me, too, and exactly what I thought a campaign accused of being too "rehearsed" needed because it sounded so genuine. Still, the "people don't understand how important this is" wording left the impression that she thought Obama supporters liked him for only silly, superficial reasons. It's something I've only just been noticing, but that might be because this is the first time I'm watching her battle other Democrats (and is often seen as the more conservative one), so the rhetoric sounds different than when its being used against conservatives.

Either way, I DESPERATELY want to see this universal healthcare initiative go through, Clinton's plan is as strong as Edwards' (and better than Obama's), and, quite frankly, the people who are against it *are* morons; treating them otherwise is from the get-go is a possibly devastating capitulation.

Hear, hear. My boss in 2004 is a former Republican who is still pretty sympathetic to the conservative side when it comes to social services. (On the other hand, she feels pretty strongly about issues like stem cell research and disagrees with most social conservative stances... though she's one that, I suspect, falls for those incremental anti-choice positions like parental and husband notification laws.) She never disclosed who she voted for, but she expressed releif that we wouldn't see Kerry's healthcare plan go into effect because... well, because there was a Canadian movie about a family who watched a parent die while waiting to get approval for treatment. Which, argh!

For some reason, I end up with a lot of smart, independent-minded minorities in my life who take up poorly thought out conservative positions. My former boss was a woman who prided herself on being the one who spoke her mind at work, but somehow Kerry's healthcare plan was more threatening to her than what Bush would do to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, my partner voted for Bush in 2000 over gun control and resents paying taxes that'll be used to pay for things he doesn't think he'll use like public schools (even when I point out that he benefits from programs he doesn't use).
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