Well, OK then.
So much for voting for John Edwards in the California primary next week. I don’t hold it against him that he dropped out abruptly the other day. If it was depressing for me — and it was — it must have been heartbreaking for him, to work so hard for so long, to hang his passions out there in public, to accept money and support from those who believed in him and in his ideas, only to be relegated to oblivion by the teevee and steamrolled by the big corporate-sponsored campaigns and not even place in the state where he was born (South Carolina).
It was a campaign for president, after all, and he had to stay up, stay positive, not admit doubt, proclaim his determination to go on no matter what. But in terms of putting a Democrat in the White House, he did the right thing in pulling out before February 5. His chance of winning had been taken away. By staying in the race he would have divided the Party three ways at a time when unity should be a paramount consideration. I regret that I won’t be able to vote for him next Tuesday. Neither of the remaining candidates were my first choice, but both of them have rolled up a lot of Edwards’ ideas into their platforms (thanks, John!), and so I’ll be glad to make either of them President in November, and the sooner we choose one and get behind him/her, the more time we’ll have to work for victory in the general election.
I didn’t get to hear the two-person Democratic debate last night, because I was working. But on the drive home I heard a rerun on the radio of the Republican debate from the night before, and it was horrifyingly idiotic. McCain and Romney argued for at least twenty minutes about whether or not Romney had ever favored a timetable for withdrawal of troops from Iraq. There was a specific interview that he (Romney) had done with ABC-TV last April, in which he apparently said that the governments of Iraq and the U.S. should get together in secret and set benchmarks and timetables to control policy over there. McCain argued that “timetables” was the buzzword of the day, and if you so much as spoke the word it meant you were trying to “set a surrender date.” Romney explained himself seven or eight times in a row in ever more vociferous tones, while McCain just kept implacably repeating his accusation. While they went on and on about this bit of semantics, two retarded Iraqi women had remote control bombs strapped to their bodies and were sent into two Baghdad markets, where they blew up, killing 73 people and wounding over 150.
And these guys want to be president? Are we really so stupid as a nation that we will even consider a couple of assholes who are arguing about who will be more pigheaded and violent in international affairs? I’ve been around a long time, and I know that just being a clueless dumbass doesn’t guarantee that you’ll lose an election. A look at the current occupant of the White House should be enough to verify that.
Pick somebody and go vote in the primary (whenever that is in your state).Â I no longer have a horse in that race. I’ll fall in line with the last Democrat standing and I’m still predicting that whichever Democrat is nominated will win the election in November. After listening to McCain and Romney bickering about nothing while human beings were being blasted to shreds in this stupid, useless, illegal “war,” I hope to God I’m right.