November 4th, 2008. McCain v. Obama. Obama v. McCain. Two out of the (typical) party box politicians. Neither seemed to be bought. Both seemed to think for themselves, and not be party puppets.
Senator McCain & Bob Diamond, The Nantucket Project
Finally, an interesting election!
The country needed change. Hell, I wanted change.
I’m the only one I know who had a serious decision on her hand. I went back and forth. Researched the issues. True to form, I didn’t think one candidate|party had all the answers.
As per Tim Ferriss’ book, The 4 Hour Work Week, I asked my friends whose opinion I respected. People don’t like indecision. I agree. Not knowing the answers can be uncomfortable. Conversations became increasingly desperate,
“But Sara, how could you NOT agree with this?”
(I worked on one political campaign. While I don’t completely agree with the sausage and politics statement, I do think there is an enormous amount of power and money at stake and I believe that motivates a lot of people, advisors, campaigns, and influential organizations… I just can not believe, verbatim, what politicians promise, having seen what goes on behind the scenes.)
“Don’t you care about our country?”
(Yes, I do, but the more I know, the less firmly I hold my answers of the ONLY right way.)
“With this candidate, we’ll go off a cliff!” “But he has no experience!”
(Look where “experience” has brought us…. Maybe we need a fresh, unjaded look. We certainly DO need Hope and Change.)
“Look how long he said we’ll be at war in Afghanistan. That’s ludicrous!”
(Is there a possibility he knows history, war, and is the only one who is not using smoke and mirrors to give an answer? Could it be the reality of how long we’ll be there?)
I remember one text: “Sara, Perhaps you’ve been listening to others in your life. I know how you feel spiritually. THIS candidate is the only one you’d be happy with.”
There are times I’ve been glad I voted the way I did. There are times I regret my decision.
I got a chance to hear John McCain speak at The Nantucket Project this weekend at The White Elephant Hotel. Bob Diamond interviewed him, and frankly, the conversation was fairly typical for the first half. And then he said, “Let’s talk about what’s happening in DC. It’s bad.”
Senator McCain, before speaking.
And the crowd got even quieter.
While he clearly stated he is a “proud conservative”, he went on to make the very non-partisan points:
- Elections have consequences.
- We are not going to repeal ObamaCare, nor should we waste more energy on it.
- Any bill that large and that encompassing clearly has some things in it that need to be changed.
- Americans will blame Congress, not the President; that’s just the way it is, whether or not it is fair.
I am impressed with his objective assessment. This touches on my political frustration. The two parties spend so much time fighting AGAINST the other, they have little time left to work on the issues.
Nice job, Senator. I agree. Let’s get on with it.
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