Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Things Are Heating Up

Sometimes with blogging, it's all about timing. Again, I hadn't planned to post today, but while the time is right, I really want to share a very interesting article on the blog Multiplicative Identity. Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez takes on the New York Times with her post Obama and the Latino Vote in the NY Times. There are also some very interesting comments to say the least.

Things are getting so heated now and I fear that it will get far worse. I can tell you that I will NOT be voting for Hillary Clinton in the Massachusetts primary. Most likely my vote will be for Barack Obama, but I do like John Edwards too.

It's also been interesting reading so much about how the vote of the black woman is suddenly being noticed. Here is an article on CNN. A Google search for "black women's vote election" yields quite a number of interesting articles. I'm sure my vote would be far more important if I were in a state like South Carolina, but being in Massachusetts, the demographics are quite different.

In my opinion, it's not about picking based on gender or race. It's the issues they focus on and where they stand on those issues. Do I think my life will be better with them in office? And the lives of my family and friends. Also it's about integrity. Do I trust them? Do they play dirty? We have a black Supreme Court Justice and he sure as hell isn't doing anything to help my interests.

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15 comments:

Asha said...

Stuck between those "two", hope John Edwards will win!:D

Tera said...

Voting for Obama huh?!?! Good!

And it's not about gender or race...it's about who can best serve our dying country!

bipolarlawyercook said...

I do know I'm not voting for Clinton. I just need to make up my mind who I will vote for-- Obama? Edwards? Kucinich?

Anali said...

asha - I'm feeling so torn between them!

tera - Most likely voting for him, but still not 100% decided. And it's true that we do need someone to save our country. We are in deep trouble.

bipolarlawyercook - It's a tough choice!

David Sullivan said...

My Grandmother would always vote democrat and always look for the Irish name on the ballot. If there were two Irish names she would look for the ones that were more predominant in her part of Ireland. As skewed as this was she at least voted. Many Blacks and women who don't usually vote will because one of their own is running. If thats what it takes to get them into the process it will be better for the country in the long run.

Mes Deux Cents said...

Anali,

So many people see Edwards as a viable alternative but the media has focused so much on Obama and Clinton as being THE candidates to choose from that many are thinking he's unelectable.

I think the corporate media is focusing on the candidates that will bring the best ratings as opposed to who will be best for the country.

Suldog said...

I think it's a shame we even have to consider race or gender at this late date in history.

I'd like to see someone do a study on how differently we perceive candidates when it's just their words we see, as opposed to the words along with pictures. Show people quotes from various candidates and see who they pick. Then show them pictures, along with the words, and see who they pick, and if it's the same person. It should be, of course, but I fear that often it wouldn't be. A shame.

bleeding espresso said...

So true that one can't just look at race or gender (or religion, etc.) in casting a vote. I myself wish Joe Biden was still in the race or that Kucinich was viable. As it is, I still have some deciding to do....

Anonymous said...

Fascination Anali we are watching this circus (please don’t be offended with the use of this word… but to the outside world it is) of finding a candidates for both parties with great interest in the Antipodes cause whoever is elected President will affect our country as well. It’s fun reading all your comments.
Great enjoyment for me whilst on holiday!!!

so simple said...

Oops anali
That Anonymous above is me...when signing in these days in a hurry, one can lose one's identity
Cheers

Anali said...

david sullivan - So would she have voted for Governor Patrick? : ) I agree that the more people who vote the better. That's the only way for democracy to work.

mes deux cents - I agree that it seems like who the media focuses on is about ratings. They focused more on Edwards when they were talking about his hair!

suldog - Well, I don't think race and gender can or should be completely ignored, but they are not THE reason to vote for someone and should not be a major reason. It's kind of the whole discussion of whether we should have a color-blind society. I don't think it's possible nor do I think it's a good thing, but that's a whole separate post!

That would be an interesting study. Maybe someone has already done it. I'm curious. I'd search around now, but I'm trying to limit my blogging related activity today. : )

bleeding espresso - I always thought that Biden would be a good candidate too. Then he made some weird remark and I kind of leaned away from him. I did that online test where you figure out which candidate you're more strongly aligned with and Kucinich was the one I agreed more with. It's a shame though, because nobody will vote for him. I wonder if he looked like Mitt Romney, but still had his same idealogy if he would be the leader in all this...

so simple - I thought that might be you! I don't think it's quite a circus, but it is pretty lively! ; ) I'm glad that it's keeping you entertained. It's true that whoever wins will have a big world impact. I just hope we get it right this time.

PunditMom said...

So bummed here about Edwards, now I don't know what I'm going to do.

Anali said...

punditmom - I just hope that he will be the VP. I still don't understand why the media never focused on him. It's like he never really had a chance. I hope that he'll keep speaking about the poverty issue in this country, because he really sees what's going on.

amisha said...

hey there lady,
hallelujah to this post! you cannot assume that because someone shares your race or gender that they will represent you... a certain someone on SCOTUS definitely disproves that theory! i had a hard time choosing between edwards + obama for my FL primary vote (which didn't count anyway... grrr) but ended up going with obama. i like him more and more, and definitely prefer him to hillary on almost all issues.

Anali said...

amisha - I almost missed your comment here! : ) I'm glad that you liked the post. Well things will be pretty exciting voting in Florida come November!

 
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