I was raised in Massachusetts. I am a thirty-something, secular-Jewish woman with several graduate degrees. In the humanities.
Let’s just say that the Republican Party ain’t working too hard to try to win over my vote. I am a pretty clear demographic, and there aren’t a whole lot of doubts about which way I am likely to swing in any given election. It probably will shock no one to hear I am pro-choice, list the environment as one of my top concerns, support gay rights, and worry a lot about the public schools.
All that said, John McCain does not scare the shit out of me. I know I probably should be able to say more for him, but the fact is, given his predecessor, that is saying quite a bit. The man seems intelligent enough to run a country, as opposed to certain other recent Republican Presidents.
This does not mean I want him to be President. I disagree with him on so many points it is dizzying. But, I do not think he is an evil force in the universe, and I do not think he is ill-qualified to be President. (We’ll leave aside for the moment his totally unqualified running mate who I think is a frightening prospect for this country.)
I’ll bet that most Democratic politicians also recognize that McCain is perfectly capable of the job to which he aspires. Yet, we spend our days now listening to diatribes against the man. Not against his policies, mind you, but the man himself.
And it goes both ways. I am pretty sure most Republicans realize that Barack Obama is a pretty smart guy and could handle the Presidency. Yet, they feel the need to attack him continually.
Why? Why can we not debate the issues? Why can’t we talk about policy plans, rather than personal qualifications? Why the hell can’t we admit that both candidates are capable, and then move on to talk about their different opinions? Why does it have to be a popularity contest?
Are we really that shallow? Can we really not handle hearing the reason one man likes one set of tax cuts and another likes a different one? Are we incapable of hearing two different plans for addressing global warming without couching them in personal attacks on the people with the plans?
Or do our politicians just think we are that dumb? After all, we do seem to be acting as though Barak Obama is running against Sarah Palin.
Just saw this video over at someone else’s place Go watch it — much funnier than my post.