Wednesday, January 30, 2008


As a Daily Show addict, I'm paying full attention to the US Presidential nominations process. What's interesting is that a lot of other people here seem to be too. There has been prolonged and heavy coverage in the UK (see the BBC site), much more than any other foreign election than I can remember. Without going Bush-bashing, maybe there is a sense of hope that a new administration may be a bit less extreme in its politics i.e. not fascists. Oops.

Anyway, there seems to be a real chance that Barack Obama could gain the Democratic nomination. He'd be my choice if I was American, not least because of the effect that having a black president with the middle name "Hussein" would have on the image of the US abroad.

The most intriguing thing about the whole election at the moment, for me, is the similarity with the West Wing. That show (my favourite of all time) had an election in its last 2 seasons that featured a centrist Republican maverick (Vinick, played by Alan Alda) against an inexperienced, idealistic outsider from a racial minority (Santos, played by Jimmy Smits). Even the nomination process seems similar on the Democrat side. If it does turn out to be McCain vs Obama, read what is going to happen in the upcoming election here: either McCain will win easily, or Obama's VP candidate will pop his clogs and Obama will nick it.

To finish off my US politics special, here is the first part of the awesome BBC series The Power of Nightmares, which detailed the symbiotic rise of the Neocons and Al Qaeda. Essential stuff, of which some of the revelations about the origins of the current US administration should send a shiver down your spine. If you enjoy it, which you will, see the rest and then try The Trap.


Blogger Jenny said...

Let me just tell you that I am on election overload over here. I was watching pretty regularly this Anderson Cooper news program (kind of like a news program with extended stories/interviews), but then they started covering the elections in force a couple of months ago and I just can't take it anymore, what with that and the ads and the constant news stories.

My prediction is that Obama will get the Democratic nomination. Most, if not all, of my friends and acquaintances will be voting for him. A friend of mine is afraid that if Obama gets elected that he will be assassinated because of his race. I think that stance is a little extreme, as I don't feel that the nation as a whole is that overtly racist anymore, but I suppose it still could happen.

I think the Republicans will lose in the end because my impression is that the majority of people I know have had it with the current administration. That being said, I also know some staunch Republicans who will vote that way regardless of the candidate.

Myself, I don't really vote. I mean, I have before, but I don't always vote. Partly because I don't really believe it makes a difference, but also because I feel like there's not much different between the candidates in the first place...a politician is a politician. I guess if I were to vote, I'd probably go Obama.

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Blogger swishfish said...

I have had similarly morbid thoughts, and have gone as far as to add Obama to my "death list" for this year. I certainly hope not, but I wouldn't put anything past you lot...

8:18 am  

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