Thinking About My Candidate

4 06 2008

Write a 30-second elevator pitch for the candidate of your choice. That’s our assignment at the Evolved Homeschooler Thinking Homeschoolers site this time.

The only reason it would take 30 seconds for me to make my pitch is that it would take me that long to fumble my wallet out of my purse.

Then I would show you the pictures of my kids. I won’t post them here but, I promise you, they are just as gloriously, amazingly, inspiringly vibrant as the pictures of your children that you would whip out in response.

That’s why I’m voting for Obama. There was an actual choice when there was a race between Clinton and Obama. But now, when the only question is whether I will vote for the past —

or whether I will vote for the future and a candidate who actually surprises me with feelings of . . . what is that odd sensation . . . optimism? hope? — hope that competence might be back, that truth instead of truthiness might guide decisions, that some of the promises might actually be fulfilled, that I might be able to talk to my children about something good that their government is accomplishing —

is there really any question? Look at the snapshots in your wallet and let those faces — the future — be your guide. That’s my pitch. 🙂

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10 responses

4 06 2008
Jules

I totally agree with you. (And I posted that on the United Homeschoolers board, too!) As a public school teacher in a bad district, I cannot tell you how much of a breath of fresh air this man will be to us. As a scientist, I cannot tell you how much we long for the days when scientific research was allowed and funded in this country.

4 06 2008
Daryl Cobranchi

My pitch takes 5 seconds. 100 years in Iraq or come home? Choose.

4 06 2008
JJ

LOL – one looks like a tuxedoed Vegas magician performing some sleight of hand, like he just palmed a coin or something and he’s inviting the audience in on the joke. What a picture!

4 06 2008
JJ

I haven’t done my 30-second pitch, yet but it probably will be just about rewriting the scripts we have in our collective head, about political parties and campaigning and governing and diplomacy and problem-solving and public life. New Power of Story.

Until we see how the negotiations with the Clintons turn out, I’m not QUITE ready to let myself believe though . . . it’s still the worst of the old ways on display in their desperation and if he gets sucked into it, falls for it, we’re all lost imo.

4 06 2008
Nance Confer

JJ, this was one of the things DH and I realized — we actually have confidence that Obama will handle the Clinton situation well. It doesn’t seem like much just typing it out here but it really is. To have any sort of confidence that anyone in or near the Oval Office will handle anything well . . . it’s a nice feeling.

It will take a while to get used to it and we’ll all be waiting for Obama to get “sucked into it,” I guess.

But maybe. . .

Nance

4 06 2008
JJ

True — if he’s the potential president we hope he is, then he WILL handle them and their power plays deftly. Which will bode well for America’s ability to handle the rest of the world better than we’ve been doing. 🙂

5 06 2008
Daryl Cobranchi

What a strange journey. I started out homeschooling (and blogging) as a (small “L”) libertarian who occasionally voted Republican. Taxes were always bad and raising them worse. Now I find myself praying to the FSM that “the most liberal senator” 🙂 will be our next president.

Well, Bush was truthful about one thing in 2000. He really did manage to unite the whole country– against the Republicans.

5 06 2008
JJ

Me too – you know I hate the whole party system, haven’t voted in a primary in decades because I register non-partisan which “disenfranchises” me (and neither party getting all high and mighty about counting every vote, ever cares about all us independent voters being cut out.)

Anyway, this time around I was thinking Unity 08 was the only chance we had and I got excited about maybe being part of real change. When I really began to notice Obama, I thought Clinton would crush him and then Unity 08 might pick him up and we could get change that way. I am stunned he actually beat both Clintons and seems to have a winning majority as excited as I am . . .

6 06 2008
Daryl Cobranchi

JJ,

It’s a FL thing. Lots of states have open or semi-open primaries. NC’s allows “unaffiliated” voters to vote in either party’s primary. I think it’s controlled by state law (as opposed to the parties), so you just have to lobby the GOP-led legislature in FL.

6 06 2008
JJ

That’s true Daryl, good point.

I think though that for me (and my wacko, unfortunately influential state), it’s not the problem itself, but another piece of evidence in a mountain of mess-ups the past few cycles, that the whole primary-election structure needs a major overhaul.

Similar to public school accountability stakes — or like traffic has gotten around here! — the lesson could be that when the system gets screwed up enough so that you can barely function playing by the rules, much less win, then it’s time for big change, not mere tinkering.

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