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So I rocked the vote last night,(14 posts)

So I rocked the vote last night,TJeanloz
Nov 5, 2003 6:24 AM
And I think I've settled on voting for Al Sharpton, should the primary be held today. He was the only candidate who was offering more on his platform than: "I'm not George Bush". The answer to basically every question from other candidates was: "I'd have done the exact opposite of what George Bush did".

Economic policy: "I'll repeal the tax cut" (As though the President has the authority to do this...)

Foreign policy: "I'll bring the troops home" (Granted, that one actually is under the President's command)

Domestic policy was pretty wishy-washy for everybody, except Sharpton, who had ideas, albeit crazy ones, for changing things.

And the candidate videos were positively embarrassing. Painful to watch.
Only saw part of it, butOldEdScott
Nov 5, 2003 7:49 AM
what I saw was moronic.

And what's with the black turtlenecks?
Black turtlenecks..TJeanloz
Nov 5, 2003 7:53 AM
The biggest mistake all of the candidates made was trying to identify with the young voters - at the expense of being themselves. John Kerry just can't be haughty and cool at the same time, yet he tries, which is painfully embarrassing. The pandering to youth was more sad than amusing. But the Reverand did a good job being who he was, without apologies. He was the only one who seemed honest in the bunch - and how terrifying is that?
Been saying for months thatOldEdScott
Nov 5, 2003 8:06 AM
Sharpton-the-candidate is pretty impressive, and not at all the wild & zany 'Al Sharpton' character from years past.

He doesn't have a chance in hell, and even I wouldn't vote for him, but I almost always come away from these debates thinking he's done the best job.
So you don't vote for the guy who seems most honestNo_sprint
Nov 5, 2003 8:18 AM
and who you've been touting for months as doing the best job????

How do you choose? By height?
I think Al might win that one too (nm)TJeanloz
Nov 5, 2003 8:19 AM
LOL I thought about that after I posted. nmNo_sprint
Nov 5, 2003 8:20 AM
yes, it's not just a debate contestDougSloan
Nov 5, 2003 10:01 AM
Elections are not about who is the best at debate, or the most honest about their positions, for that matter. Heck, if those were the only criteria, Adolf Hitler or Karl Marx might have been good candidates. All the honesty may do potentially is disclose positions with which we vehemently disagree. Honesty is good, but not sufficient.

Ultimately, we vote for people who will offer the best leadership in accordance with our views, right?

Sure, it's pretty cool that Sharpton is honest, but he has that luxury since everyone knows he doesn't stand a chance. He's not even really trying to get elected (surely he's not that stupid) -- he's just utilizing the process to voice his views.

Doug
so you'd rather have crazy ideas than the status quo? (nm)ColnagoFE
Nov 5, 2003 8:36 AM
I would rather have the status quo, but it's not available...TJeanloz
Nov 5, 2003 8:49 AM
The status quo isn't running in the Democratic primary, so I'd have a pretty hard time voting for it.
unfortunately I think you may be rightColnagoFE
Nov 5, 2003 9:55 AM
What is up when all the Dems can muster is this sorry list of potential candidates?
Sounds like an intelligent choice would be to go Repub. nm :)No_sprint
Nov 5, 2003 10:01 AM
the devil you know vs the devil you don't know... nm :)ColnagoFE
Nov 5, 2003 10:09 AM
It really seems to be a party implosion lately IMHO. :) :)No_sprint
Nov 5, 2003 10:39 AM
Flag flap, memo flap, absolutely no good candidate according to the dems on this board, in fighting worse than inside the Pac-10 and the real kicker "Sharpton doing the best and being the most honest." As TJeanloz mentioned, "and how terrifying is that?"

No doubt.