I hate the primaries.
My state's gubernatorial candidates squared off with contenders from their own parties earlier this week. As is typical, they attacked one another mercilessly.
The primaries are a necessary but particularly distasteful hurdle to get us to the November elections. In some ways, they present the toughest of all choices from a voter's standpoint; it's typically harder to pick from among your brethren (or sistren, as the case may be) than it is to pick from among the candidates of each party that compete in the general election.
But it's not the tough choice that I hate about the primaries. I welcome that decision-making process. I like getting to know what the candidates are about.
What I hate is the way the primaries sharply illustrate the patent phoniness of politics in general. The candidates go at each other's throats for months or however long the campaigning goes on, then, after the election, they act like old friends again, and talk of "unity."
You can't take back all that stuff you said about your opponent after the election. So, were you full of shit when you said it (i.e. saying anything for your own political advantage, making you an unfit candidate in my book), or are you lying now that you've lost, to avoid becoming persona non grata within your own party?
Yup. Phony and distasteful.
Speaking of which, the Republican National Convention is considering holding its 2008 hootenanny in my town. They were here earlier this week giving the place a test drive.
Had I known when they were arriving, I might have gone to the airport to mess with them. You know, create a disturbance to make them think that maybe this isn't such a great place after all.
It might not be so bad if it were just delegates coming to town in 2008. Hell, it might be fun to screw with their heads at the airport and around town in general. Ruin their dinners out with family, etc.
But a convention also means guys like Bush and Cheney will be coming here with their Secret Service posse. And when that happens, everything stops. They close off all the roads so our dear leaders can get around quickly and safely.
I resent being delayed in any way for crooks and liars. Why should my lunch have to wait so those morons can cruise around town and lower our collective IQ?
My message to the RNC is this: Take this convention and shove it, you're not welcome here no more.