[Homestead] Let's begin -- same rules apply
indexer at localnet.com
Wed Nov 5 22:49:44 EST 2008
Clansgian at wmconnect.com wrote:
> And oh, by the bye, those of you of Gene's "always vote the incumbent out"
> bent, let's get a commitment now. In 2012 Obama will be the incumbent. Does
> that mean you will in no wise vote for him in 2012??
I guess I don't always vote against the incumbent, but unless s/he has
what I consider the best possible track record (my call, no apologies) I
do vote against them. This year I did vote for one incumbent, a
senator, that's the first time for probably 20 years. This guy stuck
his neck right under the hatchet I don't know how many times, and shows
every bit of will to continue if need be. Guts, judgment, and will to
do the right thing seem to be largely missing from politics these days,
sorry to say. That includes local as well as regional/national
elections. The only other time I ever voted for an incumbent it was a
state representative who seemed to have his head on straight, served 2
terms and did it well and honorably. So for me, twice in well over 40
years I've voted for an incumbent. So I'd be pretty sure my vote in
2012 will be against Obama. We'll see; they say miracles happen but I
think politics is an exception. And I think a miracle at the
presidential level is even more highly unlikely :-) !
And of course anyone else has to see things 'my' way :-) or persuade
me to see things his/her way to qualify for my vote; that reduces the
field by roughly 100%. It might not be any wonder that a kid of mine
might turn out to be a snarly grump, come to think of it.
I could never have been a politician as I expect more of myself than
they seem to expect of themselves except in very, very rare
circumstances. That would be one frustrating job!
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