Thursday, January 10, 2008

Hot Diggety _U.S. Politics!

(obama campaign)

When was the last time you heard someone say that?

I've been enjoying watching the U.S. primaries, and _ speaking as an American, and a reporter immune to *all* political preferences _ I've immensely enjoyed things so far.

First I had to endure hearing Dutch people telling me about how Americans were incapable of voting for a black person _ until Obama won in Iowa.

Then I got to watch all the U.S. polls be wildly, totally wrong about Hillary in New Hampshire _ which means, for years to come, candidates who are behind will be able to say _ legitimately _ that the polls don't matter. And that means, the press will have to take longshots more seriously.

I have to say I'm thrilled with a wide open race on both sides. I honestly think this is good for democracy, that candidates will have to slug it out for a nomination, instead of a coronation.

It's not hard to see scenarios where things are still undecided AFTER 'Super Tuesday' and then what? Guiliani, McCain, Huckabee, Obama, Clinton, Clinton, Edwards, Bloomberg, Gore (?!) Horse trading, joint tickets, cabinet posts promised...

And then, just imagine if in the general election, instead of choosing on the basis of which of the two politicians you hated less, you got to choose between which of two you liked more?

My cup floweth over:

(photos:sterik valens)

Okay, I'm jaded enough that I don't think that's very likely. But you never know.

Bragging rights:

Earlier post on my dad meeting Obama.

p.s. to make things politically level: my stepmom has met Huckabee...


Anonymous said...

Just came across your blog- very cool! I noticed that you have PigIron linked- I'm a huge fan and have been for years (I lived in Philly from 94-2001). Resident of Utrecht for 6 years now :)

Toby Sterling said...

@3continent: Thanks! I lived in Philly for the 1994-5 school year (long story). My Pig Iron link runs deep: I'm childhood friends with one of the founders, Quinn Bauriedel. In fact we roomed together in '96 _ I was teaching English in Paris and he was there studying at the Jacques Lecoq clown school. Let me tell you (and Norma if she's reading): you've never really been to a wild party until you've partied with drunken clowns.

Anonymous said...

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The last performance I saw before I moved was Gentlemen Volunteers. Everything they do is awesome. Some friends back home just caught them...jealous!