Toledo in warmer weather
As an independent voter, I have less interest in the upcoming Ohio primary on March 4 than do partisan types, but as an observer of history and politics, this is a unique time to be living in Toledo. John McCain visited the area yesterday, while Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have events scheduled thsi weekend in the Glass City.
I think I will skip the Clinton event at 9:00 pm tonight, which will take place at Whitmer High School. Part of me would like to see the event, at the very least as a lesson in political sociology, but the thought of listening to the wonkish Senator Clinton for an hour is not appealing. She might yet find a way to the White House, but it will not be through her calculating, les-than-lively speeches.
Barack Obama will hold a rally at The University of Toledo's Savage Hall this Sunday, Feb. 24, beginning at 4:20 p.m. I may attend this event to see the Obama phenomenon up close, though if I attend I will probably spend more time watching the crowd than listening to the Illinois senator's rhetoric. If nothing else, there is a passion and devotion among Obama supporters that borders on the religious, and I would like to witness firsthand the mania.
I also feel fortunate as an independent voter that the three most likely bodies to occupy the Oval Office - Obama, McCain, and Clinton - are all people I could at least learn to live with. McCain is to my mind the Republican least likely to continue the hardline partisanship of the last thirteen years (though his pro-war stance is off-putting, and I hope that he is a purchaser of medical id bracelets), while Obama and Clinton offer at least the promise of a change in direction after eight years of the failed presidency of GWB.
Or maybe this slight optimism is a function of my third cup of coffee.