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Friday, October 3, 2008

WTFriday: Why Must I Do This?

(I must love to stir the pot. But I'm only stirring it a little, teeny, tiny bit, okay?)

I watched the VP debate tonight and have to say, it wasn't NEAR the bloodbath that I thought it was going to be. All of those clips of Katie Couric's interview with Sarah Palin had me prepared for an ugly, ugly scene, but I was rather surprised. I suppose that time spent at Debate Camp in Arizona paid off for Palin, and she did a nice job holding her own against an obviously talented and very well qualified Joe Biden.

And now I'm left hating the word Scranton, and I mean it. Between Biden and Clinton, a name that has ick connotations to me anyways keeps getting thrown out there and it makes me want to barf. I don't know why... I love The Office, though, so what's my deal?

With everything gearing up for the election and all of the debates and such, my mind has been running rampant. Consequently, I have a question for you, the barroom masses:

When it comes down to it, what is THE most critical issue that would be a deal breaker if a candidate did not share your views?

I think it's very interesting to hear what that ONE thing is to different people. No explanation, no arguing, no nothing. Just that ONE thing that makes you say If the Nom isn't for/against it, I can't vote for them. Period. Or is there just one thing?

For me there is that most important issue that I can't get past, no matter what. Want to know what it is? I'll show you mine if you show me me yours. (I played that game one time with a boy in kindergarten and I'm pretty sure I got in trouble. But I promise that you won't get in trouble here, as long as you BE NICE.) Don't forget the anonymous feature of the comments section!

13 tips left at the bar:

penelope said...

Brave woman.

I totally want to know what your one issue is! I'm not sure I have one. Although, neither candidate is pro-isolationism, so maybe if that came up, my decision would be a no-brainer. ;)

My vote this time (yes, I've decided), is not so much based on who's the best overall match. I'm going for... bringing things back to the middle, let's say.

Megan said...

I'm a fair woman, so Pen I see your isolationism and I'll match you with my issue: abortion. There. I said it. I COULD NOT vote for someone who I don't align with on that topic.

It feels kind of nice (in a really scary way) to just go ahead and get it out there... I think.

Bj in Dallas said...

ok, I'm brave. I can't vote for the NRA people when in the same breath they are pro-life, even in rape cases. But if you dare try to legislate any gun control- I don't mean hunting rifles, I mean bullets that turn into saw blades, ummm, let me think, I have a BIG problem with that.
I want some change, I'm not afraid of McCain and Palin, I just don't want any more of the crap we've had for eight years from my fellow Texan, George W. He's a nice guy but an idiot.

mendacious said...

i'd say if they weren't part of the republican party, that might be the deal breaker.

; P

and pen, gone are the those woodrow wilson days... i mean canada is sooo close. how isolationist can we get, unless we take them over. (but i know what you mean :D

penelope said...

We need to be aloof, m. Mysterious.

Lorrie Veasey said...

I can only say I have written a comment 6 times and deleted it each time.

Karen said...

I can't narrow it down to just one issue! Hmmmm... no, still can't. The issues I am watching are:
military (of course!), foreign relations, healthcare, oh, EVERYTHING! I guess that wasn't much of an answer.

niki said...

My one issue is ignorance/voluntary stupidity. If a candidate willfully puts on blinders and refuses to see the entire sphere of an issue, not gonna vote for him/her. Similarly, if the candidate is just plain dopey, voluntarily or involuntarily, never gonna vote for him/her. Read: W, Palin, et al.

(You stirred the pot, Megs, so I thought I'd add some spice.)

almost anonymous said...

Some issues have more weight for me than others, although I don't know that there's ONE that would sway my vote. Although niki makes a good point about voluntary stupidity...

So true, Bj. So true.


Megan said...

Nik, I knew you would jump on in (and that you always wanted to be a spice girl!) I really didn't intend for people to argue, just to say here's my issue. Not for or against, just what the topic is.

I can't decide whether I don't understand what you mean, or I just don't agree. By refusing to see the entire sphere, do you mean to purely acknowledge different views, or to take action based on all of the different views? Because if you're asking for action, that's not an issue of stupidity, that's just you not agreeing with their decisions, right?

I might have gotten myself all twisted around here, and am really reading more into what you're saying... Or are you simply saying that your issue is Perceived Stupidity or Closed Mindedness?

Also, since I know how passionate you are about your opinions, I can't help but wonder if you really would NOT vote for someone who shared all your views but could come off as being closed minded. Really? Or is this just a matter of you perpetually labeling the other party as stupid and your party as wise?

**Everyone should note that Niki and I love each other very much, despite the fact that she is a bleeding heart liberal and I am a right wing nut job (to quote Lorrie's contest cups over at Our Name is Blog), and can always come together over cute shoes and wine.**

mendacious said...

i'm with you megan. i make a habit of squeezing my liberal friends harder because they hate my kind so much. :) perceived INDEED!

AA- yes. really... did you not know that about me? email me and we'll totally talk about it. but don't tell my parents, i'm not out to them yet.

pen, totally agree- aloof, mysterious, sexy and awesome. josh came to hug me again today by the way. i wonder who he's voting for.

penelope said...

Hang on a second. Your parents don't know you're a conservative?!

Karen said...

Okay, I've changed my mind. My one issue: abortion.