Sunday, January 21, 2007
If you listen to the media anchors, hosts, pundits and know-it-alls, we might as well just forget our election process. It’s down to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and maybe John Edwards if he can do okay in Iowa. You others don’t bother. Wes and Bill don’t waste the time or money.
I’m so mad I could spit. I’m so mad I may just quit watching television except for 24, Friday Night Lights, the Office, Ugly Betty, Prison Break, Heroes, American Idol. Oh what the heck, I’m not going to quit watching TV. But I’m mad.
This morning I heard NBC’s Tim Russett say something like it’s all going to be over after Iowa and three other states. This is what was so disturbing after the last election to me. Here in Alabama our primary was in June and we were just an after thought. I wish we could have a national primary day where we all voted much like we do for the general election. The candidates then would be on a more even footing.
My desperate hope for the Democratic Party is that we will put forth a candidate who can win this time. A candidate who can bridge the gap between party loyalists and independents, not a candidate who burns bridges. A candidate with a vision that unifies Americans, not a candidate who divides us and forces factions to dig in their heals. A candidate who shoots straight, not one who sways with the slightest breeze or fluctuation in focus-group opinion.
Please, Democratic Party. Listen. I am not alone in my feelings. Let's keep our options and minds open. Let the people speak. Not the money.