I’ve hardly said much this campaign season about how I feel about things. Part of it is the burn-out I went through with the 2004 elections, part of it the fact that the campaigns started so early this year, and part of it is simply apathy. I’ve just not been involved overly much in the campaigns.
Until the day after the Democratic Convention that is, when the Sarah Palin bombshell was dropped.
You don’t need me to regurgitate the countless ways she’s eminently unqualified to hold the office of Vice President — there are far more interesting sites with writers far more willing to write on at great lengths about her than I have the inclination to do. So where does that leave me, if I’m clearly not in the McCain camp?
How about some discussion on Obama? I haven’t really talked about him at all, especially since he wrapped up the nomination in June. Frankly, I’m beyond disappointed in him. His claim to be a force of Change (capital C) was only so much hot air, given his rapid tack toward the Center ever since. His voting for FISA only pissed me off more, and his selection of Joe Biden over Hillary left me nonplussed, especially given the inclusion of Sarah Palin on the GOP ticket.
Is it asking too much of a candidate to stick by his or her beliefs and principles?
So where does that leave me? Neither Party really seems to represent me, even though I am a registered Democrat. I think that my actual affiliation these days is Not Republican. That doesn’t necessarily mean Democrat, and it most certainly doesn’t mean Ralph Nader. It just means I will not vote Republican.
I’ve come to the realization that our political system is completely broken. Yesterday’s collapse of an agreement surrounding the financial crisis only highlights this — Congressional Democrats had a deal with the Secretary of the Treasury, only to have Congressional Republicans torpedo it. The administration’s own Party put the kibosh on things. Surprising to me, based on the soundbites I’ve heard, I actually agree with those Republicans, too, for the most part.
Still doesn’t mean I’d vote for Those People.
So if I’m Not Republican, who do I actually vote for come Election Day? Kim’s hit upon the answer, which will require more research from me before I head to the polls. We’re not going to vote that night until about 8:30 PM (polls in New York close at 9 PM). We’re going to be watching closely, to see how well McCain is doing in New York. It’s unlikely he’ll do well, but given the long odds that he does put New York into play, I will vote for Obama.
Otherwise, I will be researching third party candidates who did get onto the New York ballot. I plan on having a candidate in hand who matches my beliefs closer than Obama does, which hopefully won’t be that difficult.
So there you have it, my current political stance for the world to read.