- Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
I'm very happy tonight--for myself and our country. After last week's presidential caucus in Iowa, the pundits and predictors pretty much declared that the race, especially on the Democratic side, was over. Gentle readers, I don't know about you, but I say hold your horses. Apparently the primary voters in New Hampshire felt the same and demonstrated, by the decisions they made in the voting booths today, that they weren't going to be shut out either.
Last Thursday Iowa voters started the primary process with some bold, unexpected choices. They also gave a couple of the front runners a much needed reality check about inevitability. Now tonight, New Hampshire shuffled the cards again--big time. They gave first prize to the Old Veteran McCain and changed the lineup for Republican runners up. On the Democratic side, they gave Clinton a chance to get over herself and show that she's a human. With Obama, New Hampshire voters calmed his "wave" a bit and let him know that he needs to prove that he has substance and stamina in addition to charisma and hope.
I personally love politics--as a spectator sport. I've tried to watch all the presidential debates, Sunday morning talk shows like NBC's Meet the Press, and cable news. I'm studying all the candidates to see who most consistently speaks truth to me and in May I'll vote for that person.
With all this scrutiny of the candidates I'm collecting a list of comments or scenarios that either amuse or concern me. Here's a sampling:
1. Chris Matthews, moderator of MSNBC's Hardball, had this lead in to the first Democratic debate: "Let's see who can beat the pants suit off Hillary Clinton!"
2. Obama told a NH rally: "You're the wave and I'm riding it." Uh Barack, remember what happens to surfers when the waves get high and rough. . .
3. Question: Who's the gorgeous blond standing on-stage beside Chuck Norris at Mike Huckabee rallies? His Hucka Hucka Girl?
4. McCain: "You can't hike the Grand Canyon and not believe that God had a hand in creating our world." His response to a debate question about candidates' beliefs in evolution.
5. Ann Lewis, senior advisor for Clinton: "It's gonna be real." Her response to Dan Abrams of MSNBC about whether the Clinton campaign was going negative after the New Hampshire primary.
Now the candidates go on to the other states to make their case for being their party's nominee. That's how it should be. We all deserve a chance to study the candidates and then make our decision about which one more closely reflects our individual beliefs and priorities when our state primaries roll around. In the meantime, I'm very content to still be straddlesore.
(Photo credit: Tom Chambers, File Magazine)