I realize a lot of people, i.e., voters, are jumping on a candidate now. Each Democratic presidential candidate seems to be developing a cheering squad; each Democratic candidate also seems to be developing critics.
This is something I don’t quite understand. Yeah, if I worked on it I’d probably come up with some sort of why, but I have no intention of working on it. And thanks to a New York Times comment today, I don’t have to.
This early, I’m learning about each candidate. Right now, at the beginning, I really like them all. My fellow American voters will eventually pare down the field for me.
My attitude about elections has always been the same: I think about the candidates, evaluate their values, their ideas, their experience, their intelligence. Their senses of humor, too, how quick they are on their feet, the way they present themselves.
Then I sit back and watch what happens. I can’t do much of anything — except listen and donate money — until the primary.
Today, in commenting on the New York Times’ front page article about Kamala Harris, someone wrote a strongly rational expression, with a sharp reminder of recent history, on the 2020 presidential campaign. He/she points out why voters quickly shut themselves away from the larger picture, the larger vision of democracy.
Let’s not do that.
So let’s remain skeptical “about the infallibility of [our] own beliefs.”