Presidential Primaries: the Ultimate Reality Show.

Boy, did the television networks luck out. Yes, the writer’s strike may have caused the demise of a few series, but really, who needs scripted tv when there’s a presidential primary going on? One week you’ve got Hillary and Barack stabbing each other in the back, and the next he’s pulling out her chair and she’s laughing at his silly jokes. I love seeing how their strategies change with every news cycle, it’s like watching an episode of Survivor. And on the Republican side, you’ve got Mitt, Mike and McCain trying to out-conservative each other, like a DC version of To Tell the Truth. Will the real Ronald Reagan please stand up? And then there’s poor John Edwards and Rudy Guiliani, sent home without a rose like rejects from The Bachelor. It’s so awesome. I am totally addicted.

 

Apparently, the rest of America is, too. Forget the Super Bowl, Super Tuesday is what everybody wants. I read on Friday that ABC is going to devote five hours of prime time on Tuesday night to Super Tuesday coverage. Five hours. They’re calling it Super Tuesday: Showdown from Coast to Coast. Looks like I’m not the only one who’s noticed that presidential politics are starting to feel like a reality show. And of course, Super Tuesday is the ultimate season finale. I mean, I don’t know about you, but I have not been this excited to learn of an outcome since the first season of American Idol. Who will America vote for????

 

Personally, I’ve decided to get behind Hillary. I finally made up my mind just yesterday, and I am not embarrassed to say that I actually cried about it, it was such a painful decision. I don’t love her, but I don’t hate her, either. I really agonized over this, because I think that she and Obama are both qualified, I think they’d both do a good job, and I believe that both of them really care about the country. I probably like him better as a person, but all other things being equal, for me, it comes down to the fact that Hillary is a woman, and I can’t bring myself to vote for a man when a woman is running for president. I just can’t. I always take my daughter with me whenever I vote in an election, and I don’t know how I could explain it to her – or even look her in the face – if I voted for Obama over Hillary. And so that’s it, I’m voting for Hillary.

 

But like all good reality programming, America will decide the winner. And like all good reality programming, it’s really hard to predict who that is going to be. The polls are no help – one day Obama’s on top, the next day it’s
Clinton – which just makes the lead up to Tuesday an even bigger cliffhanger. But the good news is – at least on the Democratic side – we have two great choices. If Obama ends up with the nomination, I know I’ll support him wholeheartedly, and I think most other Hillary fans will, too. And if Hillary ends up getting it, I’m pretty sure that most Democrats will rally behind her, and in a few months it’ll be Barack who? All of which just proves what we already know from watching Project Runway; in politics, as in fashion, one day you’re in, and the next day, you’re out.

 

Auf Wiedersehen.

 

 

Nattymama
02.09.08

Well voting for Hillary because she is a woman is just as bad as voting (or not voting) for Barack because he's black... Well I am both - a black woman -so where does that leave me? Since Oprah isn't running I guess I actually have to make a decision that is not based on trivial outside appearances - I might also have to follow the issues - where the candidates stand, where they come from and where I think they can take this country. I choose Obama.

kris
02.07.08

I voted for Obama. I think they are both qualified candidates, but I could not vote for Hillary because I will not be proud of her as a first woman president. I will not be proud of Bill Clinton as the "First Gentleman" in the White House.

The woman I want in the White House would be a working woman with a good marriage and a supportive husband. Not a husband who goes around having affairs, and requires his wife to hire private investigators and handle his public relations image all the time. Not a husband who requires impeachment by Congress before he decides to stop his philandering ways. The "First Gentleman" I want in the White House will be good father. Not a father who humiliates his daughter by flirting with someone her age. At a time when we have more teenage pregnancies and single mothers, and fathers who do not pay child support, I want a responsible father and husband in the White House who takes those roles seriously and who will be an example for men to be responsible and faithful. Not someone who has oral sex in the Oval Office with an intern, lies about it, and drags the country and his family through the entire mess.

In a time when America is badly in need of a resurgence of family values, and working women everywhere need MORE SUPPORT from their husbands and not more trouble and affairs, I simply cannot vote for Hillary. I think it's a bad role model for the country. I think that if Bill starts having affairs again, what is she going to do? How will she run our foreign and domestic policy while trying to keep her husband in line? How will she keep him in his place as First Gentleman, and keep him out of policy discussions? Will he hold a cabinet position? Will he be vice-President? Or will he hover around, usurping her role? Are we electing Hillary, or Bill through the back door?

I think Hillary would have done much better to dump Bill years ago and become her own woman. I would have been proud of her and voted for her that way. Right now she is riding on her husband's coat tails, people think they can get Bill's input through her, and thinking that Bill's term in the White House will be the same as hers. They are not treating her as her own person and evaluating her on her own merit, her husband's legacy keeps getting in the way.

I think she set aside her own personal pain within her marriage to trade it for political power. She stuck by Bill because he would bring her closer to power. That is a weird marriage and not something to put in the White House as an example.

jessjames4
02.07.08

Shame on you!! I hope that choosing Hillary over Obama because she is a women is not the only reason you voted for her. I can NOT stand people who vote for a candidate for stupid reasons like that. This is your vote, your chance to stand up and say this is who I support and I have done my home work on why I support them. Never would I vote for someone because I couldn't explain to my child why I didn't vote for the girl. I always tell people, I don't care who you vote for, but please have a good reason and be passionate about your choice. Don't get me wrong I am not against Hillary, but my reason for voting for her won't be because she's a women.