I’ve been doing my homework. (Aren’t you proud of me?)
When I sat down to watch the first debate, I even took notes. There were a lot of phrases bandied about that I was just not familiar with. So I’ve got a scribbled little sheet of paper that says things like “Petraus Doctrine” and “socialized medicine.”
(I’m thinking of putting it in my scrapbook – maybe with red, white, and blue background paper, and little “I Voted” stickers, and a headline like, “You Gotta Learn Sometime” or “LEARN OR DIE.” Maybe “Vote Your Conscience 2008”? Just to memorialize this occasion, you know.)
Anyway. So I’ve done some Googling and some reading-up on all those little notes I took. I’ve been watching news pundits and so-called political experts. I missed at least one debate – didn’t realize it was on until I saw the debriefing the following morning – but I did see the Republican debate in Boca Raton a while ago. (By the way, we lived down there for four years. It’s Boca Ruh-TONE, not Boca Ruh-TONN. Those experts don’t get everything right.)
I’ve actually been working on this post for weeks. I’m struggling with how to approach this subject – I know that there are plenty of people who already know who they’re voting for and who think that undecideds like me must be stupid to not have it figured out yet. There are people who simply don’t want to talk politics – or read it on blogs. And quite frankly? I feel childish and silly, and I’m afraid that anything I say on this subject will make people think I’m an idiot. So there you have it – total transparency.
Now that Super Tuesday has come and gone, I think I’ve heard dozens of ideas about who should have won this state or that one, and why they did or didn’t. Theories about who will drop out of the race next, and what that will mean for the remaining candidates. Who has spent the most money, or launched the most negative ads, or visited the most communities. And even with all this information and pseudo-information…
I’m still Undecided, on both sides of the aisle.
A conversation with my brother – three years my junior, living in a southern state that participated in Super Tuesday – revealed that he was voting for someone I never thought he would choose. Once he started to lay out his reasons, though, I started to see his point: his dissatisfaction with certain candidates’ histories, positions, experience, and ties; his excitement about his candidate’s campaign all made sense.
At least, they made sense until I turned on the news and heard the exact opposite position being expounded! What’s a girl to do? I’ve been enjoying the varying points of view at BlogHer, and this post by Mother Goose Mouse is thoughtful and links to On The Issues, which was helpful as well. Luckily, I still have ages to go until I cast my primary ballot, which means I have time to keep reading, watching, listening, and asking.
Hopefully, the next time I sit down to write a political post, I’ll know what I’m doing.