When I think about which candidate speaks to me and my issues, I honestly say neither. Obama's speeches are eloquent and firm, but so is a good rigatoni if it's prepared properly. McCain has experience on his side; however, George H.W. Bush had eight years of practice (aside from whatever political background he drew from) as Vice President before he was elected, and look what we got from him: four years of nothing. Well, except the first Gulf War that eventually led to the next Gulf War. (Insert generic "Like Father, Like Son" cliche here.)
Frankly, I find it all bullshit, plain and simple. And I don't mean that as in, "You lost your job? That's bullshit!" I mean bullshit that spouts from politicians' mouths in the form or promises, hyperbole, rhetoric, and backstabbing. Obama says that Palin is lipstick on a pig; McCain camp retorts, "How dare you call our future Vice President a pig!" Yada yada yada, ad nauseum. So over it.
But the fact remains, I must vote. I'm Amuhrican, ayuh? It's my right, privilege and duty to vote, whether I find that a candidate meets my criteria or not. In recent years, it's been more about voting for the lesser of two evils: Bush won a second election as the devil we knew versus the Herman Munster that we didn't. Which leads me to a good point: appearance and attractiveness as it relates to electability. George W. Bush is not a particularly dashing fellow, but John Kerry is utterly Lurch-like. Look who the Democrats offered up as their leading contenders this year: Hillary Clinton, a pretty, mature woman with a great smile, and Obama, a handsome, young man with a strong brow. Most folks who have an opinion on this topic think that John F. Kennedy was elected on his looks, or perception of his looks; footage of his debate with a very milquetoast-appearing Richard Nixon is used to support this point. Hillary missed out on the nomination because, apparently, there are more straight women and gay men than there are straight men and lesbians. Or, at least, the former two demographics vote in larger numbers than the latter, which I firmly believe.
I can't escape this aspect when I think about the impending presidential election, especially since I have no preference in either candidate in terms of their backgrounds, speeches, proposed policies, or other qualifications. I'm also conflicted as a registered Democrat and a liberal, Left-Wing, card-carrying queer. You see, I don't like black men. I know how that might sound, so let me clarify. I don't personally find black men attractive in the same way as I find non-black men attractive. It's no more a prejudice than that of a person who prefers redheads over blonds, thinner women over shapely women, or taller men over shorter men. It's just how my brain is wired. My brain is also wired in such a way that I tend to be attracted to older white men. Sound like anyone we know?
Looks like McCain's got my vote.