Confessions in a primary year

I’m not really very interested in politics – not even during election years. Oh, I usually have mild opinions about who I want for president, but not usually until the primaries are over. I don’t always vote in the primaries – especially if I know little about the folks running. And the past election? The one where George Junior won — again? I didn’t know much about John Kerry except that he was running against Bush and I wanted Bush the hell out of office so of course I voted for Kerry.

This year probably won’t be much different, however I do have a somewhat strong opinion about the primaries. I’d like for Hillary Clinton to win. I’ve liked her since the beginning (and I like Bill, too) and she only fell out of favor with me after I saw Primary Colors because it portrayed her as being power-hungry, but I got over it within 6 months.

Hearing one of her town-hall meetings from New Hampshire today made me even more positive about voting for her. Besides the fact that I agreed with every answer she gave, she also correctly pronounced nearly every word and self-corrected the ones she didn’t pronounce right the first time.

I have to admit that I know little about the others running for the democratic nomination. I meant to read Obama’s books, but never got around to it. I’d subscribed to Edward’s podcasts for a while after the last election – mostly to find out how his wife was doing, but have not followed him at all in the past year or so.

Of course I will support whomever wins the democratic nomination, but I’m hoping, right now, that it is Hillary. My mom (an Obama supporter) chastised me for my support of Clinton, asking pointedly, “Is it because you really like her or is it because she’s a woman?”

I calmly said, “I support her. Besides, I’m not ready for a president younger than I am*.”

So, there you have it. It all boils down to vanity. And ageism.

*When my mom and I spoke, I didn’t even know that Edwards was in the running.

2 thoughts on “Confessions in a primary year

  1. I really appreciate reading this, and your honesty. I am still in the I-have-no-idea-whom-to-vote-for mode, feeling I could be happy with just about any of the Democratic candidates. But I’ve kept my head in the sand in terms of debates because I hate watching people tear each other down. Ugh.

    So I’ve been quite interested in what fellow anti-Bushers have to say. Our primary is in two months.


  2. IB – I know what you mean about debates and folks tearing each other up. It is too uncomfortable to watch, especially when I don’t dislike any of the participants.


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