********************We are barely into 2007 with another 21 months or so until the 2008 Presidential election and already I have about near had enough of the political goings-on. I was rather hoping that after the 2006 November election things might settle down for a little while and we could all maybe get a hiatus with some peace and quiet but that's apparently not going to be the case.
Nope - the Democrats have apparently decided that there's no time like the present to start vying for their party's nomination for the Nation's Top Seat as already former North Carolina Senator John Edwards, Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd, and New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (erg, just typing that name pains me to no end!) have declared their intent to seek their party's nomination. Illinois Senator Barack Obama hasn't formally declared his intentions but all signs lean towards him making an official declaration soon.
The Republicans are being a little less enthusiastic about throwing their hats into the ring though there are rumblings and mumblings about former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and Arizona Senator John McCain being two of the front-runners in what is sure to be a hotly contested race for the White House. It should be interesting to see who else decides to take a stab at it - I'm sure we'll know before too long.
As my good friend MizCyn would tell you (on the rare occasion she actually finds the time to read my blog), I don't like politics. Never have and never will. She, on the other hand, loves discussing the candidates and the issues and spends an inordinate amount of time watching MSNBC; which makes her a lot more knowledgable about what's going on than I am. For the most part, I prefer to remain blissfully unaware of the shenanigans in Washington if at all possible but that hasn't been very easy to do lately as every time you turn on the TV either Hillary or Obama or some other wanna-be is explaining to us just what's wrong with this country and how they can fix it. Right ...
I might as well come right out and say it now as I'm sure I'll be posting it again in the months to come but, just to make it official, let me say this - I don't like Hillary Rodham Clinton and I am quite disappointed in this country of ours that they think that she, of all people, would be the best choice that we have to be the first viable female candidate for the Presidency. Come on, people, can't we do better than a woman who didn't even run for the Senate as a candidate for her own State of Arkansas but ran in New York (where, for some unknown reason, she managed to win)?? Was there something wrong with Arkansas or did New York just sound better before the title of "Senator"??
My dislike for Senator Clinton has nothing to do with her philandering husband. A lot of women keep their husbands after they've been caught cheating on them so she's not alone in that area. Heck, were my husband the President of the United States and I found out that he had been "smoking cigars" with one of his interns, I might have been able to turn the other cheek also and keep him around. After all, who wants to give up the White House for crying out loud? Certainly Jackie Kennedy knew that John had his vices and she kept him around, too. But you can't really compare Hillary and Jackie - that would be doing Jackie a great disservice.
I can't exactly say WHY it is that I don't like Senator Clinton, it's just one of those things that can't be logically spelled out - I just don't. I don't trust her, I don't believe her, and I sure the heck don't want to see her in charge of the country. And I don't believe I'm alone in that sentiment if what I have been hearing a lot of other people say is any indication. Honestly, I think if she were somehow elected to the Presidency, we would have a country even more divided than we do now and that's not something that we need.
Oh well, I get the feeling that we're going to be hearing an awful lot more from Mrs. Clinton in the future whether I want to or not (and trust me, the answer there is NOT!). As for some of the other candidates, Senator Dodd (Dud) needs to just save his time and money as he has a snowball's chance in a very warm place of even being given any sort of serious consideration and I actually applaud John Kerry for being able to see the writing on the wall and not making another attempt of his own this go-round ... though one must admit that a Kerry-Gore ticket could have been, how shall we say, interesting??
Regardless of who runs - no matter who gets the nod from their respective parties - the most important thing is that the Senate learns to work with each other for the greater good of the country. They need to put party lines aside and work together to solve the problems with have in America for as Abraham Lincoln, my favorite President, once said "a house divided against itself cannot stand". It's as true now as it was back in 1858.