This election season started out so fun. It felt different. More energized. People were getting excited about politics instead of just annoyed by politicians. Well, I'm sad to say that we are back to square one. At least I am. I'm not excited anymore. I'm sick of it all. The Republican race ended so anti-climatically with McCain the presumptive nominee. And the Democrats... well they've gone and made the chances of a Democratic president getting elected MUCH harder by how long this fight between Clinton and Obama has drawn out. Neither of them look so good anymore. I feel like they've divided their party almost irreparably. I'm not a Democrat, but here's hoping that the party will put itself back together again for the sake of their nominee.
I guess I'm just disappointed because I had high hopes for our next president. And now I'm left feeling more confused about who I want in that position than I did when there were 3 times as many candidates still in the race. Wouldn't it be nice to really LOVE a candidate enough to be active in the campaign and feel like you are making a difference? I don't know that that will ever happen for me. I'm too much of an Independent I guess to ever really agree with any one candidate in our polarized two-party system.
It's most likely going to come down to Obama and McCain. And while I was once quite excited by Obama, his shininess has become tarnished by this process. As for McCain... I respect him and actually would have preferred him over George W. 8 years ago, but now I don't know. He seems to be subscribing to too many of the Bush policies.
We shall see how this pans out. It's hard to believe that North Carolina's primary on May 6th will actually count for something. While that is fun, I also think this drawn out primary season has just gone on too long. I think next time around, there will be some major reconsideration of the way primaries are executed.
Here's an op-ed from the New York Times: How Obama Fell to Earth
Does anyone else feel let down after starting out with such high hopes?