Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Thoughts on the election

Everyone, it seems, is talking and writing and blogging and arguing and becoming bored to tears over the upcoming election... so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon, too.

My thoughts? Well, everyone is talking about change -- even the Republicans (although not Romney, so much, but he is an...well, never mind). So clearly, a change from George W. will be a good thing all around.

But to whom should the helm of the United States be handed over?

Of course I am hoping for a Democratic win, and that would be either Obama or Hillary. At this point, I am leaning toward Obama. I think he is smart, and has vision. He seems to get that people need to come to an agreement of some sort even if they don't see eye to eye, an important idea if you are going to work in Washington. Whether Hilary's claim of more experience is true or worth anything, I don't know.

But what I've been thinking lately is this: being President does not mean that you get to single-handedly run the country. A President is only as good as the people he or she hires to work with him/her. It's like being a manager of a big project. You can't do it all. You have to have a vision, and good people, and an idea of how to get it all done. Then you delegate, delegate delegate.

This is something that the American people don't seem to understand. When you hear "person on the street" interviews from Iowa and New Hampshire, it seems like people think that this person they are electing will actually be RUNNING THE COUNTRY ALL BY HIM/HERSELF. They want to like this person. They want to feel connected to this person.

I want a person who is smart, who seems to grasp the important issues, and who will be a good manager.

Is that too much to ask?

P.S. A great op ed by Mass. Gov. Duval Patrick on Obama.

1 comment:

nachtwache said...

I was just reading on the elections held in Switzerland, usually members from several different parties form the government. The country is ruled by direct democracy, meaning that ordinary citizens can demand a referendum on an issue, they need a certain amount of signatures for the referendum to be held. If the government wants to make big changes, they have let the people vote on it. Like joining the EU, they held several votes over the years and it's been turned down each time.
I get to vote from here. I love people power.