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Whew…Iowa Caucus Is Over

January 4, 2008

Thank goodness the Iowa caucus is over.  My husband and I spent the entire evening last night plastered to Fox News watching as meaningless results came in.  No big shocker…Mike Huckabee won for the GOP and Barrack Obama won for the Democrats, just as predicted.  This is FAR from over though.  In fact, this really will have no impact on the elections.  New Hampshire is the next caucus on Tuesday and they have preliminary numbers showing McCain leading for the GOP and Clinton for the Dems.  In Iowa, McCain came in 4th and Clinton 3rd.  It is exciting to see our democracy in action.  The process in which we go through to elect our leaders is priveleged, to say the least.  It gets dirty and nasty true; but it is an honor to pick who will lead this country.  A country for the people, by the people. 

Me personally, I am still not decided on one person.  I love the morals and stances on social issues that Mike Huckabee has.  But his foreign policy views (or lack thereof) frighten me.  I worry that his baptist minister days may sway him to be more compassionate with those nations who hate us.  Or worse, that (as is common all over the world), that his very vocal Christianity may be perceived as a weakness in the eyes of our enemies and advance their cause even further.  But I love that he is a Christian and that he is so vocal about it…just as our forefathers were.  I just don’t see him strong on foreign policy and he also has amnesty issues.  I would have been sold on McCain but his illegal immigration solution (amnesty) was ridiculous.  Mitt Romney…forget it.  My poor Duncan Hunter.  I liked him the best.  He had all sorts of great, realistic solutions to many of our problems.  So now I am torn between Fred Thompson and Rudy Guiliani.  Fred Thompson has a great conservative voting record.  And I definitely like that.  That means that we the people can’t nail him for voting one way at one time and voting a different way another time.  Or feeling one way but voting another way (like the Dems like to say I was against the war but voted for it).  He also has a goal of getting more conservative judges on the bench which will affect this country positively long after his term of presidency and I’m all for that too.  I think Fred Thompson could lead this country in a great way.  And finally Rudy Guiliani.  He is one tough man and I mean that as a compliment.  I think he is the strongest candidate to keep this country safe.  I think he has a business mind as well and will do well with trade policies.  I think he too would be a phenomenal, fearless leader.

 However my biggest fear is that when we see how all the different states are undecided amongst the Republican candidates, that independent Michael Bloomberg (mayor of New York City) will throw his hat into the ring as an independent.  Michael Bloomberg was a lifelong Democrat until the 2001 election in New York City to become mayor.  Then he turned Republican.  But now in June of ’07, he officially removed himself from the Republican party to become independent.  Huge red flag for ‘I’m throwing my hat in the ring for the 2008 election’.  Democrats love Michael Bloomberg.  And some republicans do too.  I am definitely not a big fan of Michael Bloomberg.  The whole reason Bush 41 lost was because undecided Republicans voted for the Independent Ross Perot (including me).  Which landed Bill Clinton into the presidency! 

Things will start moving at warp speed now.  Every week, a new candidate will be the frontrunner.  This is exciting and yet nauseating!  All my emotions get wrapped up into these elections.  During the election in which Bush was running against Gore I made myself sick.  My nerves were totally shot.  My husband and I had stayed up to the wee hours of the morning watching as results came trickling in.  My stomach was so upset that I had to finally go to bed.  Next thing I know, I was upchucking all night long.  And everytime I bent over the toilet, I saw a blue state (democrat).  I kid you not…my husband is my witness and STILL gives me a hard time about it.  I was flippin’ hallucinating the blue colored states while getting sick.  I know…I’m a dork.  But I like to say I’m just a hard core conservative!