I'm still upset about Edwards dropping out of the race. I knew for a long time that he didn't have a chance, but I never really wanted to give up hope. You know, there are all these people out there who always campaign for things like 'get out the vote' but I honestly don't know if I want everyone to vote. I suppose it is a double edged knife though, I don't want people who don't know anything about politics to vote for something they have no idea about but then people who do care about politics are so often disillusioned. Like right now. People didn't even give Edwards a chance while they were watching the juvenile cat fight between Obama and Clinton.
I read an article in NYTimes that said, though Edwards was the most progressive candidate in the Democratic party, that he was often backed by the conservative Democrats. An obvious theory is that the conservative Democrats only saw that he was a white male. The progressives only saw that there was a woman and a black man running against him. Does that make sense? I guess it does in the days of electing people because of their image. Wouldn't it be interesting to run a totally anonymous race? No party labels, no pictures. Just issues, just stances. Issue out documents to everyone so that they can read what these people are actually about and vote for 'Candidate 1' or 'Candidate 2'. There are so many people out there that are being blinded by image. About a month ago my sister's boyfriend said he liked Huckabee, obviously I asked him, WHY?! He said because of bloody Chuck Norris. He was kind of stunned when I told him about Huckabee, but then again, this was back in the days where The Daily Show wasn't airing so he didn't know anything about anyone.
So, in the end, my being upset about Edwards dropping out isn't totally about Edwards. It is about the reasoning (or lack thereof) behind it. Count me in as one of the disillusioned. That's what happens when you are a political science major though. You become disillusioned with the whole process. Maybe Edwards was too much of an idealist for the black mood of America. On with Obama and Clinton I guess. But, then again, I sort of resigned myself to Obama a long time ago when I knew Edwards didn't have a chance. I'm so sick of these primaries. The fighting within the parties is, frankly, embarrassing and, more importantly, bloody annoying.
That's all for my rant...