Match-Up Debate In Iowa

I've come up with a new idea called a Match-Up Debate. I think it just might be a good way to help decide just who you want to go further in the Democratic and Republican primaries.

It's a well known fact that only one of the top three of each party ever ends up being the President of United States.  Using that as a deciding factor as to who will be involved in this new Match-Up Debate, the top three presidential candidates names, from each party, will be written on a piece of paper and put into a clear bowl for each party.  

Three non-political citizens from Iowa will each pull one name from each bowl.  The names that each citizen pulls out will end up facing one another in a debate in front of Iowa citizens and on live television.

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We're All Democrats Here...or At Least Most of Us

This will be a short diary...or at least as short a diary as a rambling person like myself can write.

All I really want to point out is the increased use on MyDD of a common phrase. It seems to be becoming very common for arguments about candidates to get so heated that one person in the argument accuses their opponent of not being a real Democrat, or saying something along the lines of "You hate X candidate so much...I bet you'd vote for a Republican over them!" The accused is then left to write what is possibly the most common post on this site: "I like all of our candidates. I would vote for any of them in the general." Often, this post is unsolicited, as if the user merely wishes to showcase their Democratic credentials.

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Why Barack Obama and the Netroots Just Don't Mix

As both a Barack Obama supporter and a fairly new participant in the blogosphere, I must admit that I have been honestly surprised and disappointed by the reception I've seen for the junior senator from Illinois in the so-called "netroots." Perhaps naively, I assumed when I started paying attention to the liberal blogs that Obama would have a rather large following. I assumed this for several reasons:

- the stereotype of a blogger seems to be someone young and idealistic; this is also the stereotype of an Obama supporter

  • Obama is the most popular candidate on Facebook and MySpace, leading to the assumption that he has widespread support on the internet
  • based on his 2004 convention speech, book sales, and his high favorability numbers, he seemed very popular with Democrats; I assumed this popularity would translate onto Democratic blogs

However, I have found that Barack Obama is by no means beloved by the netroots. Of course, there are many vocal Obama supporters on various liberal blogs, and they shouldn't be forgotten. But we're all aware that the candidate of the left blogosphere in 2008 is John Edwards. And while Obama has netroots support, he also seems to be the target of much of the netroots' scorn. Even the scorn directed at Hillary Clinton isn't the same, as Clinton is widely accepted in the left blogosphere (with exceptions of course, there are pockets of vehement support and unspeakable hatred) as a moderate, competent, unexciting candidate. Often the charges against Obama hit closer to home, as many accuse him of not being a true progressive, of selling out, of being an empty suit, of not having any real ideas, of being inexperienced, of not being a true leader, of not being ready, of being a celebrity candidate, and on and on. Just in the last few days I've seen, in addition to the diaries and comments defending him, a swarm of virulent anti-Obama diaries and posts regarding his spat with Clinton over foreign policy.

I admit that this initial hostility from many bloggers towards Obama confused me. But spending time on MyDD has lead me to these observations (and keep in mind these are of course personal opinion): here are my Five Reasons Why Barack Obama and the Netroots Just Don't Mix.

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Edwards vs. Race and Gender in 2008

I am an upper-middle-class white male.

Because of this, I realize that my talking about race or gender politics has the potential to get me into a very dicey situation. I know that one thing said wrong and my credibility instantly crumbles. However, I've been noticing a trend here in the blogosphere regarding race and gender and the presidential election, so I think it's worth talking about.

I am also writing because of this:
Esquire - August 2007

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Healthcare and Me

I was planning to put this diary off until the weekend, but last night's debate as well as the continue avoidance of substantive issues by partisans here has left me with a desire to discuss this now.

There are many reasons why healthcare is a prime concern of mine. I will talk about them here, and then discuss why I support Edwards with regard to healthcare. You can see my other diary on healthcare to generally understand what the three main candidates, not just Edwards, is saying on the issue.

Presently, I am paying 350 dollars per month for health insurance. I know of one woman who is paying 700 as a single mother for health insurance. For some, the double the rate of inflation increase, or 80 percent increase since 2000, in premiums would be enough of a reason to want change. But, I have deeper reasons than that.

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