Thursday, January 31, 2008

Bark: Getting Political

I've been keeping an eye on the American Presidential primaries with interest over the last few weeks, and yesterday saw the biggest casualties of the race so far, with Rudy Giuliani dropping out, hot on the heels of Democratic candidate John Edwards.

I'm quite glad that Giuliani has stood aside, because of all the candidates, he's the one I would have liked least as President, given that politically you could say he's a smidge to the right of that well-known Socialist, Genghis Khan... So this leaves us with just four likely candidates, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain and Mitt Romney - and the prognosis is, well... quite promising, actually.

Personally, I'd like to see Clinton get elected, not due to any sense of faux-feminism, but because I believe it would be genuinely interesting to have two Presidents in the White House. Bill's lucky he gets to retain the title of "President", because I don't think he would find the title "First Husband" or "First Gentleman" quite so edifying... Obama, too, would do well, but I'm not sure he's quite ready for it yet, and I can't see the vast majority of conservative America voting for him, either.

Which brings us neatly to the Republican candidates. I've got a lot of time and respect for John McCain. He's got experience and integrity, and even though he's been a staunch supporter of the Iraq War, at least his motives for supporting it were from a perspective of having been on the front lines himself. I have to confess that I don't know a huge amount about Mitt Romney. Assuming that his Wikipedia page hasn't been written by people on his campaign team, he seems like a reasonable enough chap.

So the short of it is, I don't think it matters who wins the election in November: given what we've had to put up with for the last eight years, it can only be an improvement...
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