Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I am an undecided voter

For the first time in my life, I am an undecided voter. I know! It shocks me as much as it must surprise you. I try very hard not to make politics about stupid stuff - whose hair is cuter, or who can spew the most rhetoric. I try to make it about issues, but the candidates sure don't. Primary season seems to be more about sound bites than anything, and that doesn't make it any easier to make up my mind.

When I do those "candidate selection tools" they always seem to say that I should vote for Hillary Clinton. But she was on the board of Walmart, and we all know how much I (and others) hate Walmart.

It seems that Obama has "captured the youth vote," but he kinda freaks me out. He is pretty young (46 or so) to be spouting all of this MLKish rhetoric. Hillary is only 5 years older, but isn't fortunate to have the "boyish appeal" that Obama does. Many of my classmates seem decided already, and they are voting Obama. I am nervous about his lack of experience. I just can't see myself voting for someone who has only 3 years of Senate experience. I am not convinced yet.

I also find it funny that people don't call him by his first name. Only her. I wonder why that is? To differentiate from Bill Clinton, or is it something else.

Anyway, Barack Obama is going to be visiting on campus today, and I want to check him out in person. Maybe my women's intuition will tell me who to vote for if I am in the same auditorium as he is. I want to see a Democrat in the White House again, but is Barack our man? I think I should see for myself!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think people call most political candidates by their last name, but Hillary has marketed herself using her first name on her campaign materials. So I think that is mostly the result of her campaign's marketing decisions.

Adam G Partridge said...

Rudy Guilliani, way back when he was a candidate, was affectionately known just as 'Rudy.'

Adam G Partridge said...

Rudy Guilliani, way back when he was a candidate, was affectionately known just as 'Rudy.'

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I am a producer with National Public Radio with the show Tell Me More. We are preparing a show about people who are undecided voters at this juncture. If this applies to you or anyone you know, and you'd like to be on our show please let me know....you can reach me at jgarsd@npr.org

Thanks,
Jasmine Garsd