Sunday, January 6, 2008

Not much to say

Obama. Huckabee.

Am I surprised about Obama? Yes. Yes, and also surprised by the percentages. Yet not. Clinton has failed to capitalize in a big way on any excitement about being a female candidate, which is partly because she's pretty rotten on the tomatometer. Would Al Sharpton seem fresh and exciting as an African American candidate? I ask you.

Am I surprised about Huckabee? No. If he goes on to win, will I think it's the end of the world? I'll get back to you on that one. Hey, any candidate who's willing to offer apologies to Pakistan for Bhutto's death is already staking out a whole new foreign policy.

Or he's just another big dunce who will make me hold my head in my hands for years to come.


1009 said...

al sharpton's middle name is exciting. i know you're not knocking my man.

Ben said...

Hi Heidi--proposal and feedback coming soon! In the meantime:

1) Huckabee's responses to the Bhutto assassination seem to me more indicative of his complete incompetence, ignorance, and intolerance than any coherent policy: he meant "sympathies," not "apologies," according to his own subsequent clarification; he got Pakistani geography entirely wrong; and, most tellingly, he described our urgent need to monitor our Mexican border for Pakistani's trying to enter (legally!) and commit terrorist acts. Good times.

2) More generally, and it shocks me to write this sentence about anyone, Huckabee represents an even more dangerous trend than anything in the Bush/Cheney years. I've never trotted out the "move to Canada" line, but if we truly were to elect a President who wants to do away with the separation of church and state, I'd be first in line at the border. Going the other way, Mike, no need to worry.

Heidi said...

Oh, I KNOW he was being incoherent. I was being sarcastic.

Huckabee is disturbing in a number of ways. But whether he has the machine behind him to get elected and/or put his ideas into practice is fortunately another matter.