Friday, February 1, 2008

(MBM vs MWW) vs (MWM vs MWM vs MWM vs MWM)

So, it's coming up on Super Tuesday, the day we've all been waiting for, when we might finally find out which inappropriately-dressed individual gets chosen to be the next nominee from whichever party you feel most allegiance to.

I'm rooting for Lassie, but he refuses to run. (yes, Lassie was a male collie in drag)

Seriously, since Mr. Edwards has dropped out, my choice is Mr. Obama. Ms. Clinton, while certainly an acceptable candidate, is nonetheless less acceptable to me than Mr. Obama. If she gets the nom, I will vote for her, but I'm casting my first ballot in this delirious mess to the Black Guy, rather than the White Woman.

I don't believe he is necessarily more qualified to be the candidate. I don't believe that her years of experience are any more of a detriment to her abilities than his supposed lack of experience is to him. However (and this is partly where things get a little shallow), he's not another f**king Clinton, or another f**king Bush. He is, however, less beholden to corporate interests than I think she might be. He has never sat on the Board of Directors of WalMart (specifically, when they were waging their most successful campaign on labor in their history). He has not taken lobbyist money from big Pharma or big Healthcare in the quantities she has (though he's not far behind). He doesn't have advisors like Mark Penn or friends like Richard Mellon Scaife.

So, I'd rather have the Black Guy for president than the White Woman. And better either of them than the current crop of (mostly) old white men (in order of likelihood of being nominated):

Ron Paul thinks we should get out of Iraq as soon as possible, as well as out of NAFTA, GATT, and WTO. He also believes that Federal involvement in Education, Regulation, etc. is immoral, and that any form of income Tax is unconstitutional. So he doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell.

Mike Huckabee believes in the true word of God, i.e., the Bible, rather than all those other true words of God, the Talmud, the Koran, the Baghavad-Gita, the Bodhisattva, etc. He also thinks that the Consitution needs to be brought back to it's original form, i.e., more in line with the word of God, despite the fact that the Founding Fathers were violently opposed to such framing, and did everything they could to keep the word "God" out of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. But he also wants to help poor people, and Republicans don't like to be reminded that there are poor people in America. Little chance.

Mitt Romney is a Mormon and looks like a Ken Doll. As far as positions are concerned, he's for everything he used to be against. So there's still hope.

John McCain thought the war in Iraq was kind of a bad idea, but supports adding more troops to the fire zone. He opposed a tax cut for rich people until it came up for a vote again, so now he's going to vote to extend the tax cuts to rich people on past the deadline date of 2010, as a short-term stimulus to the economy. Say that again? Anyway, he's not opposed to the idea of having permanent bases in Iraq, or anywhere else in the middle east, if they'll have us. What he seems to be forgetting is that the Iraqis don't want us there, any more than the Lebanese, Syrians, Egyptians, etc., do. While he may not have been crazy before, he's looking crazier all the time. Even Mann Coulter is threatening to vote for Hillary if McCain is the nominee. But the people are voting for him, because they think he is a true old-guard Republican, no matter what the right wing of the right wing says.

How will it all turn out? I'm hoping for unity in the Democratic convention, and something like a political bloodbath at the Republican convention.

All in all, good TV.

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