Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Political ennui

I mentioned several months ago about my support for John Edwards, but have not said much about politics since then. Nevertheless, it's been on my mind quite a bit. And somehow, it seems appropriate to say something about this on "Super Tuesday."

Obviously, I'm aware that John Edwards pulled out of the race last week. Sigh. I sensed it was inevitable, that he simply could not compete with the narrative of A Woman vs. An African-American.

And so I find myself in an odd place--I don't know who I would vote for. I told Trillian that if Edwards were still on the ballot, a likely possibility since they are usually printed up significantly ahead of time, I would probably still choose him, an indication that I am not ready to throw my support behind either of the remaining viable candidates. (Talking Democrats here; none of the Republicans are an option for me.)

As it turns out, I don't have to decide yet. We couldn't get registered in our new state before the deadline for primary/caucus voting, and I threw out my absentee ballot from my old voting state before I realized this. Oops.

Usually this would be very upsetting to me. I always vote. I go out of my way to make sure I will be able to cast my vote on the scheduled day or that my absentee ballot request is in well in advance of the deadline. But this time around, I cannot work up the necessary enthusiasm. There is no doubt in my mind--I will vote for whichever Democratic candidate is selected. No hesitation. I just can't get excited about either one. This is saying something: I'm one of the few people I know who truly liked Kerry last time around.

I just want this process decided so I can spend the next 9 months getting a sense of what we're in for.

3 comments:

Lisa b said...

oh oh. You've got me worried. No enthusiasm for the either candidate?
So what do you think today?

Mouse said...

Still too close to call. I have decided, however, that I will get involved in the campaign of whichever candidate gets the nod. I do feel strongly about having a Democrat in office--and even as lukewarm as I am about either right now, I get quite worked up about the Republican options.

Lisa b said...

lol. That was my guess.