I’m down—I’m really downI’m down—down on the groundI’m down—I’m really downHow can you laugh when you know I’m down?—[The Beatles]
OK. Maybe it’s not as bad as all that. But yesterday, my main man withdrew from the race for President. John Edwards will have to wait a few more years before he assumes the nation’s highest office, if he ever does.
This changes my strategy for the primary. For the second time in my life, I may have to vote in the Republican primary. Why? Mitt Romney scares me to death. He is as ruthless as Bush and wants to incorporate right-wing Christian values to bridge Church and State, but he is smart. While I don’t think Romney cares about the country any more than Bush, he is smart enough to try to appear as if he has people in his heart. If elected, Romney will have no qualms about continuing Bush’s pogrom to rape the Constitution, establish a police state, suppress free speech, and destroy the middle class.
I would much prefer that John McCain were the Republican candidate. He was willing to risk his life to serve this country, and he has shown a common sense approach to government since he has been in the Senate. Romney has attacked McCain’s “conservative credentials” because he has been willing to work with Democrats to get things done.
So why not vote in the Democratic primary? I don’t care which of the two remainders wins. Either of them will do, even if one will as divisive as the current President.
Their strengths and weaknesses cancel each other out. There doesn’t seem to be much overlap in their skills. They would make a great President if we could smash them together. But, as David Gurgen, once pointed out, the Democratic Party tends to eat its candidates alive. I don’t see having both names on the ticket in November. They may not even be speaking to each other after the convention.
It looks to be an interesting year in politics, but I’m not sure I like living in interesting times. Can’t we all just get along? Ah, well. Maybe Edwards can run for VP again.