Welcome to The Blog About Nothing. We have come to the end of February. As I sit here in a snow free New York City, thanking God for what has been a manageable winter thus far, and sitting here listening to one of my favorite artists in R&B chanteuse SZA, I can’t help but think things are A-Okay. I’m a pessimist by nature, so A-Okay is probably the most optimistic you are going to get out of me. I don’t have much for you this week, so I won’t bore you with too many words.
At times I have claimed to be exhausted by the length of our election cycle. I’m likely over-exaggerating things but it feels like we look forward to the next Presidential election as soon as the one we just had finishes. As soon as we elect someone this year, we might as well start keeping tabs on who will run for 2020. That’s how it feels to me, anyway. So, even though I feel the cycle is way too long, I do have to admit to being entertained by it.
I don’t claim to be a politico by any means. I do hold a degree in Government (a Master’s Degree in fact … #humblebrag), and I did work on some campaigns in my late teens and early 20s, but I don’t have the stomach to really engross myself on the everyday workings of politics. I have friends who can break down every act, or every vote, but I prefer just to keep myself informed on the broader issues. I’m the guy who’ll watch a little CNN/Fox News/MSNBC for a few minutes on a weekday, and I’ll watch some of the Sunday morning shows. I’m that guy.
Since I am that guy, I have been watching both the Republican and Democrat debates. I do care about who I’m voting for in the next general election, and I do take voting seriously since I was first eligible to vote in an election back in the year 2000. With that said, I have watched them all with the perspective as someone who has been entertained by it all. For example, I do not find Donald Trump the least bit Presidential, but I do like how he’s taken command of this election cycle.
He’s the anti-establishment candidate and despite his bluster, he’s found a lane to run in and it should take him right to the Republican nomination. Think of him what you will, and I don’t think much of him personally, but I do admire, if that’s the right word for me to use, the fact that he found an avenue that works for him and it appears to be one that is paying off for him. I can’t knock his hustle. He’s got people listening to him. He’s the one with the rallies that are drawing in thousands upon thousands who are glued to his every word.
On the other side of the ledger, as a registered Democrat, and one who lives in a State whose Primary won’t be until April 19th, I wonder if I’ll have a Primary to vote in. I like Bernie Sanders, but I cannot see him winning the nomination. I’ll likely end up voting for the man born and raised in a Brooklyn neighborhood less than 3 miles from my own, but I don’t see the 74 year old having the broad based appeal it takes to really make a dent in the Clinton mystique. The primaries taking place on March 1st, Super Tuesday, and the ones on March 15th, should pretty much be the knockout blows for him.
Maybe I’m wrong, won’t be the first or last time, but I think that will be the end of America feeling the Bern. He’ll likely have my vote on April 19th, but it won’t mean anything by then. So if it’s to be Clinton-Trump, and in my mind’s eye, that the way this thing is heading, I’m going to have my popcorn and beer ready. There’s going to be more entertaining moments ahead.
I’m done. I did say in the opening that I wouldn’t have much for you this week.
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