Mary Arline (queen_of_kithia) wrote,
Mary Arline

Why do I bother trying to say things when Jon Stewart says them so much better?

This video is about the Democratic primary in South Carolina, which was won by Barack Obama, and in it Jon Stewart is criticizing Bill Clinton for trash-talking Obama. I can't really describe my favorite part of this segment because it involves a lot of visual television magic and really has to be seen to be fully appreciated, but my second favorite part is when he points out, "If his wife weren't running, [Bill Clinton] would be all over Obama!"

Speaking for myself, if I weren't already against Hillary Clinton in the first place, I would be now after seeing her husband behave like such a douchebag. I mean, I can understand why he's actively campaigning instead of just sitting supportively on the sidelines, by why can't he just say good things about her?

And then I answer myself, "Well, it wouldn't be very convincing if he just said good things about her, would it? Because he's her husband, what else is he going to say?" I don't know; I just think--or maybe I hope--that Obama's going to win the nomination, and then Billy-boy's going to have to do some major back-pedaling...or he could just shut up and go away, which would be kind of nice too.

I haven't been paying a lot of attention to these preliminaries because (a) as registered independent, I'm not eligible to vote in the South Dakota primaries and (b) South Dakota primaries are a farce anyway. So while I know that I should be paying attention to where the candidates stand on the issues and make a decision based on intellectual considerations rather than other considerations, including circumstantial ones such as a candidate's race and/or gender, I've been really lax in gathering that kind of information. Right now I'm going with my gut, and my gut is going with Barack Obama. And while I haven't really discussed this at length with my gut, I don't think it has anything to do with the fact that he's black (or a man, for that matter). Call it what you want: irrational, emotional, weak-minded,'s probably all those things and more, but when Barack Obama speaks, I feel happy...and hopeful. I also think it has something to do with one of the very criticisms that Bill Clinton is making against him; his comparative lack of experience in Washington...oh, it's getting late so I'll use a cliché: it makes him seem like a breath of fresh air. And around the Clintons hangs the stench of corruption, deception, manipulation, and decay.

I've said before and I'll say it again: I'm all for having a woman president, but I don't want us to have one just for the sake of having one. Moreover, I think it would be just as sexist to vote for someone based solely on the fact that she's a woman as it would be to refuse to vote for someone solely because she was a woman.
Tags: 2008 election, politics, the daily show
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