Given that the Polls called for HRC to ride to a close victory in Iowa and the reality is that she finished third, does anyone believe polls? I don’t.
Polls are opinions – period. Anyone with an ounce of sense knows that opinions change, and that polling questions can be slanted to get the answer the pollster wants. Which is where the media excels at…
The Media, up to Iowa, has been trying to elect HRC long before any other Democratic candidate. Except that HRC keeps shooting herself in the foot with her own stupidity and non-committal statements on issues. People are not fooled (except those that have partaken of the Clinton-branded Kool-Aid).
Now there is a chink in the Clinton machine where there is a very real possibility that someone else can earn the Democratic nomination for President. I believe that the politics are going to turn very ugly after the New Hampshire Primary. If it is close like the pundits are calling, or if Obama stomps all over HRC like Iowa, look out!! HRC’s campaign will pull out all the stops and go negative on everyone.
Obama, to his credit, has been running a remarkably clean campaign. One does wonder if he has the political will to fight the eventual Clinton-lead firestorm with one of his own. Personally, I would like to see him stay clean and show the world that an HRC lead White House will be nothing more than the same drama as when Bill was there.
But even then, can the Democrats pull it all together for the remaining primaries? As long as HRC remains a divisive factor, I don’t think so. If anything, they are on the verge of self-destruction.
Iowa was also a surprise for the Republicans. Huckabee won big, Guiliani tanked, and who knows where this is going to go from here.
The reality is that I’m not impressed with any of the candidates this election cycle, Democratic or Republican. While I’m leaning toward the Republican side of the ticket, none of the candidates really thrill me – each of them has their pluses, but their minuses turn me off. And the polls are all over the place on a daily basis.
And yet we the voters, while we should have the choice of the best and the brightest to lead us, don’t. I see that we have people that are spending millions of dollars campaigning for a job that pays $400,000 a year. Where is the financial sense in that, and if the politicians are crazy enough to spend all that money to get elected, are they going to do to spend your tax dollars in a responsible manner? Not likely.
Besides, I somewhat feel held hostage to the two main political parties. For instance, primaries are for the political parties to select their best candidate. And yet we the people subsidize this effort. After all, it’s state government workers of each party manning the voting machinery. But nowhere is there a primary for a third, fourth, or fifth party. Yes, there are the usual candidates for the Green and Libertarian parties, but no one ever seems to hear about them or their stance on the issues. And even then, they are often portrayed as being nut-job wackos by the Media.
A few quotes from The Quotations Page:
Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. – Ambrose Bierce (1842 – 1914)
When the political columnists say ‘Every thinking man’ they mean themselves, and when candidates appeal to ‘Every intelligent voter’ they mean everybody who is going to vote for them. – Franklin P. Adams (1881 – 1960)
Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. – John Kenneth Galbraith (1908 – 2006)
The word ‘politics’ is derived from the word ‘poly’, meaning ‘many’, and the word ‘ticks’, meaning ‘blood sucking parasites’. – Larry Hardiman
The problem with political jokes is they get elected. – Henry Cate VII
Most people assume the fights are going to be the left versus the right, but it always is the reasonable versus the jerks. – Jimmy Wales
No, I don’t trust the politicians to have the general population’s best interests at heart. They’re in it for themselves and whoever will support them. After all –
…a typical politician’s primary job is not to serve the people who elected him. His primary job is to get himself (or herself) elected or re-elected. Second is to reward all those contributors that gave $$ to help him get elected. Third is to get as many perks & benefits as he can while he is in office. Last on the list is the common person like you & I.