OK, I tried. I tried not listening to the hype over the next presidential election. But you just can’t help it, and it is only going to get worse. The election is a long ways off and things are already going like it is next week. In fact, I think the campaigning for 2012 kicks off next month. Might as well get started.
So with that said, I guess I do already have a preliminary favorite. Barack Obama. I know, you say that is a fashionable choice. It is just that the more I read about him the more I think he is a breath of fresh air, even though he is a smoker. 🙂 The guy just seems like a reasonable person. He still has the idealism of a young politician but has the wisdom of a true leader. I caught bits of the Democratic debate last night and he was the only person who answered the “How to respond to an attack” question well. He said first, make sure that the people affected are taken care of, that we respond quickly to victims. Then we gather as much intelligence as possible to levy an appropriate response. His opponents basically said, “Bomb the shit out of them!”
Another article I saw mentioned how he actually wants to understand issues. In an interview with farmers in Illinois he actually knew all the things they were talking about in terms of regulations, pesticides, etc. Of course he cares about polls, but he also seems to care about issues and solutions. Yes, it is early, but I like this guy. Beats all the other smarmy dunderheads in the field so far.