March 4, 2008

An Observation About The Current Election

I can't believe that with all the anger most Democrats have against George Bush, they are this-- apathetic.  Four years the Democrats had, to find and build the perfect candidate.  To organize as a party and say, "never again!" and build a careful platform, encourage cohesion, work to bring in disgruntled Republicans...

Instead, they defaulted to Clinton, barely half-heartedly, leaving plenty of room for Obama to try.  A young, never tested Senator-- there should have been no way he could have entered the race, let alone won.  Not because he's not good-- but because, by now, the Democrats should have already decided who they wanted.

It's a lack of organization and commitment which will, unfortunately, lead to a loss in 2008.

I'd tell you this applies equally to Republicans-- it does.  The difference is that this election, since at least 2006, was going to go to the Democrats.  Republicans should have been preparing for 2012, or the Senate.  But now...

Don't flame me.  I'm not making a comment on the candidates' abilities, just on how the system should have worked, but failed.  And the reason it failed is the same reason we're in a recession: lack of organization, and lack of commitment.


I have to completely agree ... (Below threshold)

March 4, 2008 2:18 PM | Posted by Fargo: | Reply

I have to completely agree with you here. I've never been so underwhelmed by elections, and I find them pretty underwhelming in normal times. The general feeling of apathy, and lethargic discord, seems infectious, at least for me specifically. At this juncture I'd prefer a "None of the above" option, ala Brewster's Millions.

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I don't know. The democrati... (Below threshold)

March 4, 2008 6:15 PM | Posted by Colin: | Reply

I don't know. The democratic party seemed to drop Clinton on us as the assumed candidate with lots of backing and momentum. The biggest problem is that they are trying to get blue collar democrats from OH to green democrats from CA to all agree on a single person.

Secondly, never discount the underdog effect, which makes it really hard to avoid a dual person fight like we have now.

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March 4, 2008 10:33 PM | Posted by Samuel: | Reply

Neither party seemed to know how to organize a decent campaign this year. McCain, now officially the republican candidate, was left for dead last summer when he ran into financial woes. You'd think that a candidate such as Romney or someone else with deep pockets would have been able to take the nomination without a hitch.

Just goes to show you that it's pretty much a toss up as to what results will come down the line. In any case, I agree that the 08 election should easily have been won by the democrats. Now, I'm not sure who's going to win.

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I feel as though the media ... (Below threshold)

March 4, 2008 11:14 PM | Posted by SF: | Reply

I feel as though the media has tried to picked the next candidate, and has effectually done a pretty good job!

The media is no different than Pharma. The media puts out information over and over and we, like all the doctors, are slowly lead to the trough to be feed all the warm "fuzzy" meals that we can handle.

Can America withstand? stay tuned.

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democrats apathetic? have ... (Below threshold)

March 11, 2008 2:16 PM | Posted by coffeeyogurt: | Reply

democrats apathetic? have you not seen the voter turnout numbers? two good candidates fighting it out til the finish? i'm thrilled to see so much participation. and the disenfranchised from 2004 having so much clout this time around? excellent! i'm only dismayed that so many millions are funding the democratic primary but the republicans aren't swarming around mccain so who knows.

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November 8, 2008 9:06 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply

Any plans to update this post?

Alone's response: Obviously, I was wrong about the Republicans winning. But I was right about the half-heartedness about the election. Really, this is the best both sides could come up with? And now Obama won, but the question is whether he will start making policy decisions, or is too green and will have old school guys run all over him. Did we get Change, or the Carter Administration? Stay tuned.

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