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Ah, McCain. [Sep. 15th, 2008|08:54 pm]
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I've been lurking for a while, but I have to come out of the shadows for a few moments. Today's rally in Jacksonville? Oh-so-lame. McCain drew a crowd that the local news stations are reporting as 5000 strong. The Veterans' Memorial Arena seats 16,000, and he didn't even draw half that. And that's with Jeb Bush making an appearance and (more importantly for most of the city) Phil Stacey there to sing the national anthem. You have to understand, Stacey was all over the news when he was on American Idol, and it was practically all that anyone talked about on the radio. The fact that even he didn't draw a crowd...shows a major lack of enthusiasm for the, forgive the expression, "maverick."

Obama's coming on Saturday! I'm hoping he comes early in the day, because otherwise there's gonna be a scheduling conflict and I will be really, really bummed. Previous commitment and all that. Biden chatted with FCN today. Nothing we haven't heard before, but it's always nice to see two men I like having a pleasant conversation while promoting my candidate. :)

Now I'm off to lurk some more. Or, you know, hover obsessively over all the political blogs until November 4th. Ciao!

From: [info]absolutefiction
2008-09-15 08:23 pm (UTC)


how exciting to see obama speak! and good news about the mccain draw. man, i didn't like phil stacey.
[User Picture]From: [info]aramina
2008-09-15 08:27 pm (UTC)


I really want to go see him. It's killing me that they haven't released any details about it. All we know is that he's gonna be in Jax on Saturday and Miami on Sunday.

I don't watch American Idol, so I don't care one way or the other about him. :) I just know it seemed like everyone was talking about him constantly while he was on the show, and yet only 5,000 people showed up to see him and McCain...
[User Picture]From: [info]xie_xie_xie
2008-09-15 09:31 pm (UTC)


I'm back to living on the political blogs.... eeek!
[User Picture]From: [info]aramina
2008-09-16 02:48 pm (UTC)


I'm not big on politics most of the time, but my school system trained me well: Every four years our social studies/gov't teachers had us watching the news constantly and discussing the issues in class. In 4th grade, they even brought voting machines into the gym and let us cast "votes" for Clinton or Dole. I was only 17 in 2004 and not being able to vote drove me up the wall, but I'm ready now.
From: [info]queerasfruit
2008-09-16 03:15 am (UTC)


Seeing Obama, how exciting! I love being in a crowd where people don't think you're weird for being liberal. :P

And eeek! November 4th. So soon, yet so far away. (I was trying to be profound, but seeing that it's one in the morning, I probably just sound stupid.)
[User Picture]From: [info]aramina
2008-09-16 03:06 pm (UTC)


Yes. :) Especially around here, it's hard to find people who don't look at me and go, "You're voting for him?" *eyeroll*

Gah. Right around my birthday I'm going to be leaping out of my skin. They shouldn't be allowed to schedule elections 6 days after my birthday. ;) On the plus side, if (God forbid) Obama loses, I will finally be able to go out and get legally smashed...

(Not quite profound, but definitely not stupid. I think we all feel that way.)
From: [info]queerasfruit
2008-09-16 03:31 pm (UTC)


On the plus side, if (God forbid) Obama loses, I will finally be able to go out and get legally smashed...

And when Obama wins-- hey, PARTAAAY!

[User Picture]From: [info]aramina
2008-09-16 03:33 pm (UTC)


That, too, of course, but I'm not going to want to forget the election even happened if Obama wins. :D
[User Picture]From: [info]plucc07
2008-09-16 08:34 am (UTC)


I know someone is going to take this the wrong way, I don't mean to downplay McCain's suffering in the Vietnam war, but EVERY time someone speaks out on his behalf, they start off with "he was a prisoner of war". As if that is what qualifies him to be president. A lot of people were prisoners of war, my own grandfather suffered for 4 years. But that doesn't mean I should vote for him. It's almost as if they are saying it is un-american not to vote for McCain.
[User Picture]From: [info]aramina
2008-09-16 03:19 pm (UTC)


I won't take it the wrong way. :) He's a vet, he was a POW, and that's awesome. He's a hero. But as I've been saying for months now, being a POW is not a qualification for anything, much less the highest office in the country. It's also not an excuse for anything.

I've seen him answer questions by beginning with the totally unrelated, "I was a POW..." Um, no. That's not an excuse for why you couldn't remember how many houses you own. In fact, I would consider it a good way of highlighting just how long ago that was. He said something to the effect of, "I didn't even have a house when I was a POW," and I thought, "Hmm, well then, shouldn't you be grateful for every house you own, instead of being incapable of telling us how many you have? Because right now you're coming off (to me) as a self-entitled, ungrateful jerk."

But then, I'm just an un-American Navy brat whose father served in our military for 21 years, putting him overseas for a huge portion of my childhood. What does my family know about sacrifice?