savageseraph: (Fizzgig)
( Oct. 16th, 2016 01:15 pm)
This week was a grind. Sitting here at the tail end of it, I wish I was feeling more rested, more prepared for the week ahead.

What make last week such a slog? One of our clients was at our headquarters doing an annual vendor review of us. I didn’t have to spend the week there, but I had chunks of time where I was sitting on a conference call, ready to answer any questions in my area that came up and needed to be addressed.

That would have made the week taxing enough. However, we also had guests from our company in the office for three days. We had a lunch with our team because we have a person retiring at year end. We had an office-wide lunch and meeting.

Naturally, I still had all my normal work going on at the same time.

Today, as I look at my calendar for next week, I thankfully have few meetings scheduled. That can change, but it shouldn’t change enough to be as soul crushing as last week.

And I’m looking forward to taking some time off at the end of the month. Yay for Halloweeny staycation!
Wednesday is the last presidential debate of the season. I’ve been pretty quiet about politics this season, even though there has been plenty to talk about. Since last fall, I’ve been submerged in the campaigns for both parties. I watched all the primary debates. I watched primary voting coverage. I watched both conventions, and I’m watching the presidential debates and the VP one.

I’m more than a bit horrified by this political cycle, and I’ve spent far too many hours trying to figure out how we got to this point. By that, I don’t mean trying to figure out the forces that have led to people being unsatisfied with government and politicians in general. That I understand.

What I don’t understand is the Trump phenomenon. That despite asking some people I know who are not just Republicans but Trump supporters. No one has been able to explain it to me so that I can understand.

During the Republican primary season, I have to confess I fell into the state of complacency that the party itself was in with respect to Trump. Given the horrifying things that came out of his mouth on a regular basis, I assumed there would be a magnificent flame out. I assumed he’d finally say something so reprehensible it would kill his campaign or that all the things would keep stacking up and he’d collapse under the weight of them. I’m guessing that’s why his Republican rivals didn’t do more aggressive opposition research on him. Like me, they didn’t take the threat seriously. Not until it was too late.

By that point, the only people left to challenge him were too far to the right to attract more moderate Republicans or too moderate to bring in the far-right base.

I was afraid of the inevitable pivot to build his support, but the Republican convention didn’t really do that. His behavior after the Democratic convention, the things he has said after, I’m not sure it’s in him to pivot. I don’t think his ego will allow it. And yet, despite attacking so many groups of people and so many individuals, despite his cavalier talk of sexual assault and women stepping forward to corroborate his “locker-room talk” was more than talk, despite not ever discussing policy or ideas in any terms more substantial than promising he has GREAT ideas that will do GREAT things to make America GREAT again, his base still believe in him. They’re proving right his assertion that he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and not lose a single vote.

Having said that, I’m not overly thrilled with the campaign that Clinton is running. Instead of focusing on fundraisers, I’d like to see her out more talking with people, and not just in battleground states. Despite strategic strikes in speeches and debates, in advertising, I want her to talk more about herself and her programs. The second debate was a shit show for both of them, and despite Michelle Obama’s motto, “When they go low, we go high,” I haven’t seen enough of people taking the high road in this election cycle.

I’m a Hillary supporter, and I’m with her despite her flaws, her issues with transparency and politicality. I’m looking forward to this week’s final debate, and I hope in it she refers more to real people and real problems in our country. I hope that she goes high and talks about positive things, challenging Trump when he challenges her on policy (which is unlikely to happen often) but pivoting away from issues that go low and avoiding being mired in trading personal barbs with him.

When my sister met the Clintons when they were the First Family, she said both Bill and Hillary were incredibly charismatic and charming, and I want to see more of that Hillary, the Hillary her friends and family, her constituents and colleagues, speak about. I want this campaign to pivot to ideas, to the future, to what is the best about us.
savageseraph: (Horns (by icon_goddess))
( Oct. 16th, 2016 02:58 pm)
I noticed [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi posting about this, and I'm spreading the word. And the ADORABLE graphic. Because we don't want any sad ghosts in these parts.

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