Saturday, September 20, 2008


Yesterday I went to the McCain/Palin rally in Blaine. I am still an undecided voter, completely party free! But I thought it would be fun to go to a rally and see McCain and Palin in person, and it was. I was too far back to see much--turns out there were 13,000 people there. But I did get these photos of Palin and McCain speaking. Can you see them? Hint: Palin is wearing turquoise and McCain, white.
The people watching was excellent. Quite a diversity of types of people, if not colors. :-)
But I think there may be something wrong with me. Why can't I get as emotionally invested in this race as so many other people seem to be? I've read so many friends' rants/vents on this. They seem to be so taken up with who says what about whom, the distortion of facts, the lack of experience of so-and-so, the elitism of so-and-so. Gosh, you would think they were being personally attacked rather than their candidate. I don't support any candidate at this point, but even if I did, I can't imagine getting that upset or vitriolic toward the candidate I don't support. Am I blind, or something? Unfeeling? Or maybe just cynical? I mean, to me, negative ad campaigns, cutting down your opponent, etc., is politics. That's how it's always been. I truly wish that were not the case, but here is no way I intend to get worked up about it.
I am researching the candidates and their issues and it's been a great learning experience. Watching how people react to this race has also been interesting and insightful, if occasionally baffling.


Karen ~ said...

What happened to this girl?

I am so curious as to how your thought process has meandered over the past few months, as a while ago you seemed fairly committed to Obama but now you seemingly pretty firmly on the fence.

I just sent you a really long email ...

Calandria said...

I voted for Obama because he seemed like the best candidate to me at the time. I think I projected a lot of my own hopes and beliefs on him. I was disgusted with the Republican party, as I said in the post you cite.

I decided, however, that I should further research the issues and make a decision for November based on that rather than on disliking Hillary Clinton or being fed up with Republicans who couldn't stop talking about immigration. I really want to make an informed vote.

There are things I dislike/like about both parties, so I'm not going to make a decision based on party affiliation.

Here's what has been making me think: What I value the most is balance between left and right. The more I research these issues, be it health care, creating jobs, education, etc., the more I see that I am a centrist. I think McCain is more of a centrist than Obama. I think McCain would be forced to be even more of a centrist working with a heavy-left Congress.

Obama is not a centrist. He simply isn't. Talks like one but doesn't vote like one. And with that Senate and House? What would make him go to the center? Nothing.

I am not making a decision based on the VP candidates. I'm voting for president.

Anonymous said...

What scares me about Obama is that he seems to be a puppet. Who's puppet you may ask? I don't know, but he seems wooden to me. John McCain has been a senator that I have always liked. I liked listening to his book about being a POW. It was inspiring and showed a lot of tenacity, but as President, I am not enthused about anyone. I just really like Sarah Palin's beehives.

Karen ~ said...

Well, I just checked on the Washington Post's website, and, and learned that both candidates are quite loyal to their parties for voting records - McCain voted with Bush 95% of the time, and Obama followed the Democrats 96%. Neither of them can call themselves centrists in their voting records.

McCain has NOT voted at all, however, on 64% of the votes in this congressional session; Obama has not voted on 45%, which - at 20% - is a more significant difference between the two. (Though I will admit I am not exactly sure what the reasoning behind not voting means. I need to read up on this.)

Anonymous said...

You bring up a good point about having a president of one party and a congress of another. I've never thought about it before, but it could possibly adjust the decision-making.

I agree with you in the centrist area. I mean, I definitely have some strong opinions about things, and they do tend lean more conservative, but I'm definitely moderate conservative - my ideals just cross over party lines too much to be a radical. (Thank heavens!)

Anonymous said...

I think that when people get emotionally wound up for a party or candidate they loose their objectivity and no longer question issues, ideas and other opinions.

The other problem I have is that all the candidates now are puppets. In a way they have to be in order to get elected in the U.S. system but still they all say the same rhetoric an nothing individual. I think that is why most people who are undecided or in the middle have a hard time deciding. No one candidate really is individual anymore and 3rd party candidates never get anywhere.

I think that is why the electoral system needs to be up-dated.

Anonymous said...

Americans seem way too emotional when it comes to voting. People loose sight of the issues that effect daily life. I know that the church is against gay marriage and civil unions, and gambling too. The church officials ask the congregation to vote against these things, which I guess is why there are more Republican LDS. What gets me is that both parties try to prey on the Christian voters. It is disgusting. The libs only want Christians to back them up during the races, and then they chuck them aside. Faith shouldn't enter into politics, it makes it tainted and I think that its sacrilege.

athena said...

i would have loved to had seen you do one of your skinny arm self portraits. that would had made this event even more memorable for me. :) and i swear every time i visit your blog and see your banner it makes me chuckle.

Calandria said...

Athena, you are so right. Every important event deserves the skinny arm. :-) I will try to remember next time.

Michelle said...

That's cool you got to go to the rally. Were the Palin fans as rabid as they have been reported to be? I couldn't see either of them in your pics though. You need to circle them or something.

While I think that the negative campaigning has always been part of politics, I think that the outright lying about record of self and other candidate has been taken to a new level by McCain and company. I know Obama's campaign is playing dirty too, but I think McCain wins for the most slime. And I wonder about what a candidate's campaign tells the electorate about what the candidate would be like as pres.

Michelle said...

Oh, and Andy has very similar political leanings. I'm pretty sure he will vote for Obama and Coleman to split his ticket.

In addition to political balance playing out at any one time, I think that balance can occur over time as well: Clinton 8 years, Bush 8 years. As a specific example, one thing that is important to me is that the Supreme Court not go too far right, which is possible if we have 4+ more years of Republicans. So, to balance Bush's picks of Alito and Roberts, Obama can make some more liberal appointments if he were pres.