I decided I would watch last night's debate and vote today. Seems logical. Turns out the 'debate' was a bunch of high school students yelling at each other. I managed about 20 minutes of it and found the entire thing too depressing to watch. They need to boot out the audience and enforce actual debate rules with the microphone automatically cutting off end of the time a candidate has to speak on a given topic. You know, an actual debate. On point, on topic, on time.
Now I'm in a quandary.
Prime directive, defeat the incumbent.
Secondary directive, roll back some of the government corruption. (I'm realistic about this one.. just happy to get the ship turning.. I don't expect a course reversal immediately but we are number 23 and getting worse in the corruption corruptions perception index .
Tertiary directive, global warming, health care as a right, international cooperation.
Given those fairly moderate goals, who to vote for? I don't mind a lot of Bernie agenda but neither he nor Elizabeth are going to achieve much of it. And I just am tired of being yelled at by Bernie. And I think Elizabeth has squandered her lead and so lost much of my confidence in her ability to inspire. Conversely Bernie is obviously inspiring a lot of people but I'm afraid will keep the moderate conservatives home who would vote Dem this cycle, I'm afraid.
Pete and Joe and Amy are all palatable. Pete is the only one still running that I actually like to listen to. And I think he'd make a good president and it might be fun to see the Republicans try to diminish him without alienating huge swaths of the electorate.
Joe is fumbly (not a word, but it should be). Amy just talks too damn much without saying a lot. I listened to her answer a question and talk for nearly five minutes on a podcast without, it seemed, taking even one breath. I lost the thread of her diatribe after the first 30 seconds. I think I like her positions and she'd be fine as president but she does not inspire. She won Wisconsin so that is something, though.
And while I like what Mike is trying to do I think his negatives were on display last night and he's not electable. And maybe shouldn't be. He's got baggage in his baggage. But he has pledged support of whoever runs as well as the down ballet Dems all over the country which is more than any of the other candidates have done.
And around and back again.
My prediction is that Bernie will win the nomination. I think he's over the top of the momentum hill and has the money to bring it in. Oh, the wailing and gnashing of teeth will there be.
So to vote for who has the momentum or who I'd like to see as president?
I think Pete. But I'm not in the booth yet.
One thing I LOVE about voting is I can print off the ballot, mark it up, and take it with me. If only I could have done that in school.