Is anyone else sick of the primaries? No offense to Texas and Ohio, who should have the same chance as every other state to cast their important votes (although why Texas gets 10 days to do so is slightly mysterious.) But as I flipped on tonight's debate between Senators Clinton and Obama I felt, not enthusiastic or intrigued, but antsy. I even experienced a sudden desire to do the dishes* rather than hear the same questions, the same answers, and then after, the same recap. Although I must admit, I do find the post-debate breakdowns pretty interesting. For about 10 minutes. Which is how long it takes to realize that everyone is basically saying the same things.
I don't mean to be cynical, really. I have been fascinated by this whole election process. Much more involved, maybe, than I have ever been when it comes to discussing, opining, and hoping. But ENOUGH. I feel like the networks could start re-running the debates and we would get the same information. The only difference is how the candidates are handling themselves and each other. Who has made strides in their debate style and whose jabs are embraced or fall flat. What they are wearing and--ooh!--who leans towards who and who leans away.
Tonight the commentators said that Clinton shouldn't have talked so much about her superior experience level. "It's not working," they said. "People don't respond to it." Well, what is she supposed to say? That's her platform. I realize that there's a lot of marketing involved in politics and that maybe it would be savvier of her to figure out how she could twist her words so they sway more Obama supporters. But I'm actually glad they're both essentially sticking with their messages. It just makes me wonder what we're supposed to be learning during the continued debates.
I'm still legitimately excited about this election. I'm certainly passionate enough to blog about it. I'm just wondering if other people are feeling like this or if I'm letting the process get in the way of the progress.
Maybe things will be different tomorrow.
*I didn't do them. It was a fleeting desire.
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