Monday, July 02, 2007

There has been quite a bit of press about Barack Obama’s campaign, and its fundraising efforts. (He raised a record [for a Democrat] $32.5 million in the last 3 months). I discovered last week that his campaign was seeking 250,000 distinct donors by the end of June. When I logged onto his website, I saw that he was about 4,500 donors short. I decided to jump into the political process, and I made a donation. When I logged on later that day, they'd passed the 250,000 donors goal. I'm pleased to see that so many individuals want to get involved, and that maybe a grass roots campaign has begun. The other cool thing? A ticker tape of each donor's first name and home town streams across the screen, and I saw my name go by! The bad news? Having made a donation, I will be unable to answer my phone until mid-November, 2008.

As I had previously noted, I think the candidates (declared and potential) for president - both Republican and Democrat - are the most diverse we have ever seen. We have a woman, an African American, a Mormon, a Jewish man, and a frequently divorced Italian in contrast to the usual limited selection of Protestant males. It will be interesting to see which prejudices Americans hold most dear, and which we may have overcome . . .. I'm afraid though, that we haven't come far enough, and will have to endure 4 years of Fred Thompson's smugness - it's bad enough on Law & Order, let alone in a national debate. Thompson has now passed Romney as the candidate I'd least like to see elected.


Blogger LA said...

Yeah, Romney and Thompson are both abysmal choices. Luckily, I don't think either one has a snowball's chance in hell.

Good for you for donating to Obama's campaign. The next 16 months are going to be very interesting times indeed.

I think the diversity you noted is indicative of the sweeping change for which this country is ready.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Princess in Galoshes said...

I worry about the prejudices we hold dear, as well. I think there are some strong candidates, but I don't know if enough of America will be able to see past teh fact that they aren't white, Protestant men.

Also- you MUST check out Crazy Bags at the Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge. It'd be a helluv an experience.

3:27 PM  
Blogger sage said...

We may have a diverse crowd of candidates, but I'm not really hearing a truly fresh voice (Obama probably comes the closest). I still would like to see someone that breaks the two parties apart--or a campaign by a Demo/Repub ticket--someone(s) that breaks away from party loyalty and focuses on what's best for everyone

3:59 PM  
Blogger v said...

Great post and comments.

I, like Sage, would love for a candidate to step up and promote truly revolutionary policies and leave blind party loyalty behind. Unfortunately that's not reality as a candidate needs party support and resources in order to maintain viability. It's a bit funny and sad that the candidate who does sometime speak his mind over party loyalty is McCain. McCain split with most of the Republican candidates on the recent Immigration bill. Unfortunately, McCain's poll numbers have dwindled and his money numbers were bad enough that he had to layoff numerous staffers. And all this after he actually pandered to the right earlier in the year by buddying up to Falwell or Dobson or Robertson or all three.

I've been thinking about donating to Obama as well. But I've been a bit hesitant because I thought he would be promoting more fresh, revolutionary policy by now. I must admit I haven't followed the races as closely as I would have liked. But from what I've read so far, my vote is still with Obama, even if I am slightly disappointed. Still, it's a long race that is just heating up.

I've also been thinking about posting on the 2008 race (especially the battle between Clinton and Obama). Hopefully I can get post out in the next week or so.

Great post Diane!

6:51 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

la - from your lips to God's ears on Mitt and Fred (and how about Romney travelling 12 hours with his dog in its carrier strapped to the roof of his car?)

princess - I'm afraid you're right. And if I do get to Colo, I'll definitely check it out!

sage - for me, Obama has the best chance of being a consensus builder. On the other hand, we also have Bloomberg who has been a Dem/Repub/Independent depending on what was the most politically expedient at the time. He could be an interesting candidate, but how can trust a guy who keeps changing teams?

v - hey, I once wrote a thank you note to McCain for voting against drilling in ANWR - but he seems to have veered dangerously to the right (immigration aside), and his staying the course in Iraq is a position that no one thinks will work . . .

7:23 PM  
Blogger prettykitty said...

i was so disgusted by electing clinton two terms in a row, especially after i found out what he was using our oval office for (and when i say our, it does belong to us taxpayers) i may have singlehandedly been the person responsible for our current president. but after watching the democratic presidential primaries last week, i started getting excited about voting again. i haven't decided on which candidate, but i really have the hots for edwards. i know, that's what got me in trouble with clinton.

ps you also forgot to add a hispanic, even though i am finding it hard to figure out just where along richardson's blood line that occurred.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

kitty - I like Edwards too! I supported him in the primaries last time around. Good point on our Latino candidate. Richardson's mum was a mexican citizen married to his diplomat dad while he was stationed in Mexico City, and he sent her to the USA for the birth so there would be no question about Bill's citizenship . . .

7:52 PM  
Blogger ffleur said...

Its hard to believe that when JFK was elected the US public worried about a Catholic getting into office. Thought the pope would tell him what to do.

Where do people get these ideas from.

I think Obama is too young and inexperienced. He'd have a better chance in 10 years. I don't think people want Clinton PartII so Hilary won't win. I'm afraid you may be right about Fred.

10:06 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

I have yet to make up my mind. I know that I have changed my status as a registered voter to "Decline to State."

I would be interested in seeing what Fred Thompson's view are. I hate to shut someone down before they have even entered the race.

As one of those odd ball conservative homo's, I have a had time swallowing the tainted Kool - Aid that both parties serve to their bases.

Only time will tell.

All I know is that George W. Bush pisses away money better than any Democrat I have ever seen. He certainly isn't a fiscal conservative. Makes a person wonder.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

ffleur - I think Obama's lack of experience appeals to me - the others have been in politics way too long . . .

ryan - you may like Bloomberg - he is socially liberal (pro-choice/pro-gay marriage) and fiscally conservative.

6:08 AM  

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