So, I watched some of the debates last night. I didn't see the whole discussion/debate/fight (whatever term you think fits best) for either side, but I did see portions of each. What I did see, I didn't like. It's really hard for me to watch other people fight and attack each other. It makes me really uncomfortable and sometimes angry if I think it's unjustified. I do much better reading about such things later, but it is good to watch the debates and know how much everyone hates each other, I mean and learn what the issues are. Maybe the TV writers union is in cahoots with the candidates and they are writing the script.
Can you see some of the roles?
Hilary--you're going to play the nasty, manish-looking woman who keeps citing her husband's success as your own success.
Edwards--we want you to incessantly talk about your roots--how you came from humble beginnings and then we'll get some old people to play your parents.
Thompson--you will be the District Attorney who runs for president, wait a second, this is sounding eerily familiar...art imitating life or something like that.
I realize that Mitt Romney didn't win Iowa and currently the polls are placing him in second again in New Hampshire, but what is the deal with every other candidate attacking him like that? I think that people--that being the other candidates and the media--are bothered that there are no crazy skeletons in his closet--no mistresses, no drug use, no posing for Playboy (wait, that last one would be the other issue that faces young teen stars today not Presidential hopefuls right?).
So, since there is none of that to attack, what's left other than to constantly talk about his religion? Yeah, I'm sick of it being the main issue. Come on, he's not running for Prophet, he's running for President. Do we seriously live in a day and age where people are still weirded out by people being LDS? Is it really true that 60% of the voters in Iowa voted for Huckabee because he was NOT Mormon? That's definitely a wise choice--let's put him in the Oval Office because he was once a preacher, but we don't like Romney because of religious reasons. Sorry, but who are these Iowa people? Did the Nazis come out for their caucus or the real voters?
You know, I live where McCain is in office. I have not heard of him doing anything wonderful lately to make this state better. I have heard from multiple sources that he had an affair on his wife though. Maybe it's because I'm a woman or even more so because I'm a wife, but if you can't be faithful to your wife, why would I trust you to lead my country? I really thought he just seemed angry at the debate. He seemed angry and Fred Thompson looked really old. I like Fred Thompson because he was on Law & Order--I wonder if I should base my voting on my TV tastes--Iowa voters based theirs on their religion, why not TV choices then? Wait, which candidate likes pizza the most--maybe I'll base it on that.
And, since I have a problem with McCain for his marital indiscretions, I REALLY have a problem with Guiliani--did I spell that right? Doesn't matter, if he ends up as the Republican candidate no one will need to know how to spell his name.
Now, as for the Democrats, I was surprised to only see four of them. I guess I figured there were actually some people I hadn't heard of running still. Now, here's what bugged me about that debate...
Hilary's constant phrase, "When I'm elected..." Does she keep a pschologist on staff or maybe she's talked to the people that run those subliminal ads at the movies that tell your subconscious, "popcorn, soda, candy, popcorn, soda, candy..." Whatever, it didn't work for me. I don't like the phrase, it makes me feel like I don't have a choice.
The New Mexico Governor, what was his name Richards or something? Was there not a single person on his staff kind enough to tell him, "STOP hitting the table in front of you!!!" Seriously, everything he said sounded like this, "We (pound) have (pound) to (pound) think (pound)..." You get the picture. I did like that the first thing he said was how they shouldn't argue with each other, it made him look nice. Maybe he likes pizza?
As for Obama, I really like the tone of his voice. Seriously, you might not like him, but he has such a great voice. I say if he doesn't win, we ask him to sing at the Inaugural address or maybe give the speech for whomever does win. Would that be so bad?
The funniest thing I thought was when Hilary started attacking Obama and she cited Edwards for backing twice. Then, when Edwards did finally comment, he attacked her. Oh, it was great fun. I thought she was going to pass out. Did you see her furiously scribble on her notepad, "Dig up dirt on Edwards for next debate."
All in all, it was nice to have a break from hearing about Britney Spears and whatever crazy thing she's done the last five minutes. Maybe she should run and then we could have voters voting because they like or dislike her music. No wait, maybe she should be the VP candidate for Fred Thompson and they could run on the triple threat ticket?
It'll be interesting to see how the rest of this process plays out. Maybe we should put Mitt and Huckabee head to head in a scripture chase? That might swing the Iowa voters to finally want to vote for him?
And they wonder why people don't want to go into politics...