Talking Politics with Mom
Yesterday, my mom told me that she was sending out my request for an absentee ballot. The Ohio primary is the first Tuesday in March and it seems like it's actually going to mean something this year. I'm having a tough time making a decision and thought I'd ask my mom for her opinion.
Mom: I don't know. I'm torn. I like Barack, he talks great, but he has no experience in foreign affairs.
Me: Yeah, that bothers me too.
Mom: Hillary....she's smart and experienced and I think she'd do a great job, but she's got that damn alabaster of a husband hanging around her neck. Oh...I've got the wrong word, don't I? It's some alba word isn't it?"
Me (after recovering from laughing): Albatross is the word you're looking for. I regret to inform you, but this conversation is going on my blog.
Mom: John! She's going to put me on her blog. Now everyone's going to think I'm stupid.
For the record, I don't think my mom is stupid. She's brilliant in her own idiosyncratic way. She managed, whether she realises it or not, to summarise the key problem underlying this choice: perceived electability.
Barack is great, but he's light in the experience department. John McCain will hammer him into a small cube and eat him for lunch. Hillary is great, but she's heavy in the baggage department. John McCain will be able to put his feet up and await his coronation while the 527s machine gun her from a flotilla of swift boats.
But I think electability is a trap. Electability gave us John Kerry. The problem is that the two candidates are tied in my head as surely as they are pretty much tied in the delegate count. So what to use as the tie-breaker? I wish I knew.