31 May, 2006

Some Brief Political Thoughts

Okay, so the end of the month is coming around and I haven't posted anything in the month of May. As to ensure that my archive stays neat and orderly, I'm going to get one post in at the 11th hour of the last day of the month. This is going to be brief, as the title may have tipped you off to, seeing as I haven't had much time, although I should seeing as it's the final two weeks of senior year, but that's a different rant for a different time.

I've already dedicated one post to the 2008 Presidential Campaign. I suppose it's kind of sad, but in a way I feel it's justified. The need to begin discussing this one so early on comes from both the fact that I'm disgruntled about the results of both the 2000 and 2004 results and I believe 2008 really could be the chance for the good guys to get the power back (those good guys are mostly Democrats that don't annoy me and a select few Republicans). I'm certainly holding out for the 2006 midterm elections to move a little more blue into Congress as well.

2008 is the important one though. A few months ago, I gave my endorsement to Joe Biden. I'd love to see this man run still, however, in the last couple of days, the ultimate dark horse has pulled up from the rear a little bit. With the release of new documentary starring him and a Time feature on him, Al Gore may be back in it. I don't know what it is, but in 2000, I wasn't too excited for Gore, but Bush appealed to me even less. In the months and years that would follow, I became more and more a Gore man. I became more sympathetic to him, coming to realize how shafted he really got in the 2000 election. He would appear on SNL in a hilarious hosting stint and on Jay Leno's show after that. I found the man brilliant, personable and hilarious. Those three adjectives are usually used to describe exactly what Gore is not, however I really think he has become a new man since Bush v. Gore stole the presidency from him.

What really scares me is the prospect that Hillary Clinton will get the nomination and her being such a volatile personality, the GOP will win again. I won't have a problem with the Republicans winning as long as it's McCain, Giuliani or someone in that realm politically. However, I think the Democrats need to get it back and get someone in there who'll get this nation and the world back on track.

As it's still early and uncertain, I'm still rooting for Joe Biden to get in there and do what needs to be done for 2008. However, I'll throw my hat behind a number of other potential Democratic nominees, or even Republican ones, once it all gets closer and names start emerging. The potential nominees, and some of these are long shots, that I'm excited for are Barak Obama, Joe Biden, Al Gore, Evan Bayh and Mark Warner. Republicans I'm excited to see are John McCain and Rudy Giuliani. Democrats I'm afraid to see are Hillary Clinton, Joe Lieberman, John Kerry, and Howard Dean. Republicans I'm not too excited for include anyone in Bush's cabinet and certain GOP senators that annoy me, especially Rick Santorum. Well there you go, that's what I think way in advance. We'll see how this all plays out and that's my post for May.