Friday, January 25, 2008

A students’ guide to parties: The Republicans

By Austin M. D. Quick
Staff Columnist

What scares me most about the upcoming election is that I can see things I like in a few of the Republican candidates, but none of them stick out as frontrunners. Right now, the Democratic candidates are having the opposite problem; they have too many celebrities. Between Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards, the Democrats have too many personalities to choose from.

What Republicans are hoping is that the Democrats will pull each other through the mud so much that by the time the national election takes place, the Republican candidates will look more appealing. Democrats, on the other hand, are hoping that they can appeal to voters as the non-Bush party with a new plan to get our country out of the unpopular war in Iraq and change the seemingly poor economy back to where it was during Clinton’s administration.

The only advice I can give to all of you is be prayerful in your decision on who you vote for and vote for the candidate who most personifies your beliefs. The Republican and Democratic candidates have a long road ahead of them these next few months, and many will begin to drop out. The ones we are left with come November may not be ideal candidates, but they’re what we have. Mike Huckabee seems like a “normal” guy; Rudy, of course, has his baggage of multiple marriages; Mitt has the whole Mormon thing; Fred is on the way out; John McCain has aged greatly since his last attempt at the presidency; and Ron Paul is nothing but a trivia question. What we are left with is a bunch of men who, although successful in their own right, are not the candidates that the party needs at this time.

Some say that it would be better to lose this election and allow the Democrats the chance to see what they can do in four years. Others see this as a cleansing experience for the GOP by getting someone with a new face and a new approach to Washington. Lackluster as they are, they still represent the values which Republicans hold as a party. It will be interesting to see how this game of politics plays out. Remember not to get too fed up with the primary elections; stay focused on that critical decision in November.

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