I’ve been half-heartedly watching the Democratic National Convention this week, realizing after a long conversation with my brother that I don’t really know as much about the issues as I think I should. I just know I can’t possibly vote for McCain and hold my head up, even if the rest of the family will outvote me by 8-1.
Something the DNC can’t do is please everyone because it’s a live event and we are in multiple time zones across the country. A stirring speech timed to it the EDT states during prime time will result in most of California being out at dinner and missing it completely. Schedule something perfectly for California and I’m in bed before it even starts. Well, okay, I do go to bed early. But you get my drift.
So I missed Michelle Obama’s big speech on Monday – while watching the tribute to Teddy and his response. He was my senator for 17 years and I have a soft spot for the man completely unrelated to Camelot and the tragic deaths of his brothers. When he stopped, I hit the sack. Tuesday night I missed everything, being engrossed in a book (what a shocker, right?) but also knowing that HIllary would be on past my bedtime and news channels would show her ad nauseum anyway. Last night I watched Bill Clinton and skipped Joe Biden – but I also was home to watch Hillary move to vote for Barack by acclamation. So that was good, though I wasn’t jumping up and down.
Everything is so incredibly scripted and generally boring. I know, it’s unpatriotic of me to even suggest that. But by the gods, we have been working up to these conventions for 18 months. I’m sick of the candidates and sick of the teeny sound bites and sick of the media. And next week the Republicans do the same thing over again and I will be sick of that, too.
I’ll say this, though: I loved Bill Clinton’s speech. He’s seriously flawed but really, all of us are, and I just like him. I’d vote for him again if I was allowed to. The one I’d most like to vote for is Jed Bartlet who served on West Wing for many years. Unfortunately he’s not on the ballot. So I guess I’ll put up with the nonsense and see if I can find some answers, even though I already I know who I’m voting for. Let’s just get on with it.