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Tue, Jan. 15th, 2008, 11:13 pm

I finished The Audacity of Hope yesterday. I was on the whole impressed and inspired, and will probably vote for him, but I'm still not really happy about it.

Not because I don't believe in anything in particular he said, but because I don't actually have any evidence (from the book alone; I don't follow current events basically at all) about whether or not he's actually capable of pushing through any of the kinds of things he wants to do.

And because while I was impressed, I have nothing to compare him to -- I know ~nothing about any of the other candidates, so he gets compared against some weird politician stereotype and/or Bush, neither of which is particularly instructive.

I don't care enough to put in much effort into finding out more, though, because it really doesn't matter what I vote for.

Also, I really feel like all this wanking about the details of the issues and the specifics of anyone's voting records are missing the point. I have _no interest_ in micromanaging my candidates' choices and national policy ... I want to elect someone I basically trust and who broadly agrees with me on things that are important to me, and then trust them to do something reasonable. That's the whole reason we have a representative democracy instead of a direct democracy.

Wed, Jan. 16th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)

One of my benchmarks for "Is this person capable of pushing things through?" is "Does this person have a track record of working well with people from the other side of the political spectrum?". Because you will have trouble pushing things through if you can't play nice with the other side. To me, that's one of Obama's major selling points over Clinton. He's good at bipartisanship; she inspires frothing-at-the-mouth reactions from political opponents.