Friday, June 6, 2008

Clintards Send Racist Tornado to Capital

I have to confess I stole my headline today from Wonkette - the wittiest website on the series of tubes. Isn't it funny? If you don't get the reference, we had a tornado in DC on Wednesday - the day after the last primaries and the day after Obama declared his victory.

One of the reasons I love this city so much is the different people you get to see and interact with throughout any given day. It's like New York in the way that you're exposed to a wider range of diversity, but like the South in that people actually do enjoy chatting with strangers.

I made a friend with my Metro Bus driver. I don't know his name yet, though I feel bad about that so we'll have to exchange names the next time. He's a really nice guy, seems very chill and laidback.

We talk every time our schedules intertwine for me to be on his bus. Today, we were talking about whether or not we think Obama should pick Clinton to be his V.P. Bus Driver (BD from here on - sorry! I promise to ask his name!) and I agreed that he shouldn't. We said he didn't need her, she got too nasty and the race was too heated. Then we talked about whether or not her supporters would eventually go along with him. I said surely they'd settle down because the differences between him and McCain are so vast.

Before BD could give his opinion, a woman who looked like a stereotypical Clinton suppoerter spoke up. (Isn't it funny when you see a real, live stereotype?) She said that they needed each other, and they should have realized it sooner, but the best thing he can do is put her on the ticket.

I said, "But don't you think that eventually they'll come around? I mean, the issues that they really care about, McCain would be so bad for."

And she no, there'd been "too much sexism," and "They don't care about the issues, they feel wronged, they'll stay home." And I'm sure that my face looked like I'd bitten into spoiled food.

She then got off the bus, and BD said, "I don't agree with her." And I said I didn't either, and we laughed. I love my bus driving friend.

It's a weird thing to me, though, these Clinton supporters. I get that a lot of them are second wavers or second wave wannabes so, like Obama's Chicago church, they remember when times were really bad. But I just don't understand how they can't help themselves by sticking with the Democratic nominee. They care about feminism, ok good, me too. So because of that, they should vote Democratic and not stay home ruining our chances of advancing women's rights and correcting the wrongs of the past 8 years. I just don't get it.

Politics is emotional. It's passionate. I think that Democrats that are emotional and passionate are so out of desperation. They're desperate to save those that cannot speak for themselves. They're motivated by a deep love for other people - for the poor, for the minorities, for all the unnecessary deaths from the war. I know it's a fantastical view of an imperfect system, but it makes sense to me.

So that maybe explains the emotion of it, but I think that regardless of your beliefs, you've still gotta hold onto common sense and vote to help the issues that matter most. There will probably never be a politician that you agree with on every single issue or in every single way, but you pick the issues that are most important to you and make your decision that way.

Voting is like marriage, and campaigns are like dates. I'm sorry that the primaries broke your heart, but you gotta pick up the pieces and move on to find the best person for you. When my high school boyfriend and I broke up, I thought I'd never find anyone else. Well...that's not entirely true. When the guy I started dating after my high school boyfriend and I broke up, I thought I'd never find anyone else. I think that it took ten years for me to find someone on the same level as that guy again, but it happened.

And I've learned my lesson. It's not going to be another ten years from now before I'm with the right guy again. I am going to think with my heart and my head too. And Clintards, you do the same. Do what's best for the country, and all the people who need someone to stand up for them.


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