As much as I cannot wait for Shrub to be GONE - I shudder at the thought of a new presidential campaign season. 2004 got me engaged so early, it just lasted forever. But like the moron on the highway who can't help but gawk at the accident on the other side of the median, here I am again.
Honest to g-d, I have no strong feelings one way or the other on Obama, Edwards or Clinton as Democratic candidates. Kerry, I have very strong opinions on (stay out!). It will be interesting to see who joins the race.
As for the GOP - oy! Each one is worse than the last. I think we can rule out George Allen. So who does that leave: Bloomberg? Giuliani? Pataki? Bush (Jeb, that is)? Romney? and McCain? ....yes, there's a handful of true fundies out there who aren't going to have a chance at the electoral college or even getting past New Hampshire.
With the failures of the current administration, I can't imagine Condi even seriously be considering a run. And while middle america MIGHT be ready for a black or female candidate (note - I did not say 'president'), I don't think they are ready for the combination package.
That being said, I'm ok with calling these guys out for what they are or are not. Two cases in point - Romney and McCain.
If the GOP wanted to call Kerry a flip flopper - both of these guys should be dead at the gate.
In 1994, Romney wrote: "As a result of our discussions and other interactions with gay and lesbian voters across the state, I am more convinced than ever before that as we seek to establish full equality for America's gays and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent."
Well what the fuck happened? Oh that's right? HE LOST. So nothing like jumping aboard the hate-wagon at all costs to get elected. ...and don't you just have to respect a man for that? And Mitt had a similar reversal on his abortion stand. Asswipe.
As for McCain - he's just painted himself into a corner that he shouldn't be able to get out of, but he will. George Snuffelupagous actually pinned him on gay/civil unions.
McCain claims to be against discrimination and yet supported AZ's bill to add a state ban for gay marriage and unmarried domestic partners. Geo call him on it. When asked outright if he was against civil unions for gay couples, McCain said, "no I'm not". When George re-asked the question with - 'so you are FOR civil unions', McCain replied "no". Now I'm not a master(de)bater, but I'm pretty sure you have to come down on that question one way or the other.
Having it both ways is fine when it's me. Because, well, I'm ME! But this politician stuff has just got to stop. I was fine w/Kerry's flipping on the war....because let's see, when he voted for it, no one knew (well, not no one) Bush lied through his icky little teeth. Kerry just didn't turn the tables and call W and out-and out liar. He was way to civil.
Honestly, I don't care if they are dem or republican. But for g-d's sakes....when are we going to call them all on this shit?