Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I knew I should have watched more Buffy....

EDIT: Links un-wrongified.

Hot on the heels of the Presidential Candidates as Star Wars characters, we have the GOP candidates as Buffy villains. Heh.

Not that anyone asked, but here's my take on the GOP field:

Mitt Romney: He strikes me roughly the same way George W. Bush struck me back in 2000, which gives me pause, given how Bush has turned out to be, well, a bad President.

John McCain: This is his tenth year of seeking the Republican Presidential nomination. I just don't trust anyone who wants to be President that bad, but I'll vote for them as long as I agree with them on at least some issues. Since I haven't agreed with McCain on anything since the whole campaign finance thing, that rules him out. Plus, his general stance of "All war, all the time!" with regard to foreign policy rules him out completely.

Rudy Giuliani: His program seems to be to take all of the bad characteristics of the Bush administration and turn their dials up to '11'. No thanks.

Ron Paul: Crackpot.

Mike Huckabee: Crackpot.

Fred Thompson: Yeah, right. He seems to want to be President in the same way that I want a pepperoni pizza with an order of breadsticks.

So there we go. As for Democrats? I'll vote for whoever we end up nominating, obviously, but I don't think we have an ideal candidate, either. I like Edwards's progressive stances but find his resume thin; I like Obama's personality but find his resume even thinner; I like Clinton just fine, although she falls into the "Wow, this person seems to want the Presidency just a tad more than I'm really comfortable with" category. Basically, I wish Al Gore was running again, but he's not.


Anonymous said...

Yo, Jaq, the Buffy link took me to Star Wars.

Bill said...

They all want it that much-- it just shows more with some of them.

And I guess that's the way it has always been, with the possible exception of George Washington. You don't run for President unless you want it more than anybody has ever wanted anything. Why anybody in particular might want it that much is interesting, if unknowable, but you can look at some of these cats and figure it out. Romney's dad took a run at it, for example, and failed. Gore's father wanted it, then wanted it for Al. Senator Clinton's whole life has been about self validation....

Ambition isn't a downcheck-- it is the character flaw that all politicians have in common.