I overheard two guys talking about the 2012 presidential election, and who they were hoping was going to be the Republican primary contender...
One wanted trump.
The other wanted Mike Huckabee.
I interjected, and pointed out to the gentleman that both of their choices have bowed out in recent days, saying they had no intention in running for president.
Their response? "Well I don't care WHO it is, as long as it's not Obama!"
Wow people, really?
This type of political ignorance drives me crazy. People who vote along party lines, no matter who the candidate is. If you're a Democrat, you're only allowed to vote Democrat. Even when you have a schlub canidate like Michael Dukakis... Or Republicans only voting red, even when Bob Dole is the voice of your party.
I'm sorry, but I refrain from casting my vote until I look at the people running. I want to know where they stand, what they believe in, and what they want to do in office before I vote A vs B.
So far, looking at the Republican side of things, I'm not too impressed with the choices. The only one I think stands a chance of unifying the country and getting support from both sides would be Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico. He has no problem calling out BS, even from his own party. Reading about him, I agree with a decent amount of issues he brings up. And, unlike Trump, GJ has succeeded in business without hitting the "BK" button over and over.
But, for now, it's too early to tell. Sadly, people like the two stooges mentioned above don't care. If you put a Butterball Turkey against Obama right now, and like the Turkey as a Republican, I'm afraid it would get at least 20%-30% of the vote.
Back to a phrase I used: unifying the country and getting support from both sides. This is what I want to see in a candidate, whether it be an R or a D after his name. Why? We have been at a 50/50 split since the 2000 election. This country is divided, and in a bad bad way. I'm hoping to see this change, and soon. The battle of "Dems vs Repubs: We Are Right (and you are not)" is getting old.
Oh well. The BS is the same for both sides. About 25% will always vote red, and 25% will always vote blue. Let's just hope the remaining 50% (the smart ones) make the right decision in 2012, whatever that may be.