Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Kind of Embarassed

I watched the AFL/CIO Democratic debate tonight and felt like a total dingus as a Chicagoan. People were shouting out only when they thought or knew they were on camera. They were standing up behind Keith Olberman and those asking questions to do their "I'm on TV" dance and hooting any time they were within earshot of a mic.

What a bunch of pathetic losers the AFL/CIO is if they put total numb-nuts and dumb-asses in the best seats. A bunch of schmoes who stand up and show their T-shirts every time they try to get a reaction shot from Jesse Jackson are not the folks I would have represent me. Were they tailgating all day? What a mess. I am insulted as a Democrat. I am not surprised as a one time union member.

I was always disappointed by my union brothers when it came to being civilized. I got my car hit with a brick after I left a meeting on the union's behalf by a union member. He shouted the word, "SCAB/Nigger!", as he lobbed it at my car. I was union, white and not a racist so I was extra pissed off when I got out and went after that asshole. Fuck the union! You put a dent in my hood! OK, now I'm just venting.

In any case, I was disappointed in the debate. Even though the field has been narrowed to 7, we cannot have a real debate just yet since everyone is bound by timing and responses if they are brought to task. A few times there were statements where someone had a deep and meaningful point but the audience did not get it. When O'Bama re-questioned Clinton about commenting on foreign policy, she basically said that a president doesn't tell the American public what is going on. There was a brief boo and then it kept going.

Later, it got more odd. Seeing as they had an immediate audience that was more concerned with getting their T-Shirt on TV, the folks who asked questions from the audience were rarely treated like people by the panel. Joe Biden seemed especially angry in returning a certain question. He decided to answer a previous question and really pissed off the lady from the AFL/CIO who had recently lost a loved one. He seemed angry for almost the rest of the debate until he tried to use his one word answer again to lighten the mood.

After the whole thing was done, I got the feeling that Clinton and Dodd had made a pact. That ticket is probably in the works. Obama was a little too descriptive of his position. He should have kept it short and sweet. He is the man for change. Being verbose and boring is going to lose voters.

Kucinich made me happy. He made me think of all the liberals like myself who have married women too hot for them. He reminded me of my ideal and cynical self at the same time. He kicked ass with every person there who doesn't vote. It pisses me off that voting for him might lead to a Hillary nomination.

Uhhh.. Yea. I don't think she can win in the general election. Do I have to push an Obama/Kucinich bill to be totally isolated? Fuck.


Beth said...

While I don't feel the same Kucinich connection you do (lucky you!), I like him. He seems to be a good man.

I'm afraid Clinton will be too polarizing a candidate to win the general election, moreso than Kerry was. So many folks are intimidated by a strong woman (weirdly, I hear the bitching mainly from women) without stopping to learn where she stands on various issues.

But my biggest concern is this campaigning so early on will lead having nothing left but very nasty campaigning come January.

Beth said...

(Boy, the typos are rampant at 1:40 a.m.)

Michael J. Harrington said...

I agree, thumbs up for Kucinich.

thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

Six months ago, I was stoked about the '08 election because I thought both parties might be putting up decent candidates.

Now I'm just sad.

Natalie said...

I don't think Clinton will in a general election either. Then again, those republicans seem like a bunch of asses that no one will vote for as well.

thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

Natalie: I felt the same way in 2000 and 2004.

But look what happened.

Grant Miller said...

I don't know. Clinton and Dodd - seems a little too Northeast to me.

Winter said...

I'd be pissed if someone threw a brick at my car!

Other than that I can't really care too much about politics.