It pains me to disappoint you, readers. I know that you come here primarily for my thoughts about the day's political developments. In fact, I'm sure that as soon as you heard about Senator Clinton's surprise victory in New Hampshire, your first thought was, "I wonder what TED has to say about that?"
So, given your high -- but thoroughly reasonable expectations -- you can imagine how difficult it is for me to know that you're coming here and seeing nothing but pictures of extremely attractive men.
I would apologize, but who would believe that I'm truly sorry? Anyone?
For the record, I do have very strong feelings about politics. I don't discuss them much because I find most people (I'm speaking of the general public, of course, not of you) seem to have formed their opinions based on very little or on something that seems totally irrelevant to me. I generally have a pretty good idea of who I'm going to vote for fairly early on in the process, and watching the shifting political tides usually strikes me as something between pointless and annoying.
I'm somewhat gratified that there's at least a chance that there will still be a competitive race under way on February 12, when the Maryland primary happens. I find the current scheme, where so much attention is paid to Iowa and New Hampshire, to be counterproductive and irritating. It's nice to think that my vote might actually matter.
As for why Senator Clinton won in Iowa tonight, well, I've read a lot of uninformed speculation. My guess is that more of the people voting in the Democratic primary thought she was the best qualified candidate, but it's obvious from reading the political blogs that my explanation is ridiculously uncomplicated.
In case you're wondering, as long as she's still in the race as of February 12, I'll be voting for Senator Clinton. I've always thought she would make a good president, and the more hate the world's most pompous blogger spews at her, the more I like her.
I'm not indifferent to the articulate and passionate rhetoric of some of the other candidates. And in the general election, I would certainly vote for either Senator Obama or even Senator Edwards over any of the Republican candidates. But what I look for in a candidate is someone with the experience and intelligence to get the job done. And starting in 2009, the job isn't primarily going to be inspiring the American people. It's going to be to start undoing the nearly incalculable damage that's been done to this country by two terms of stupidity, greed, and fear. I think she's the most qualified candidate for that job.