Well, last night I went over to Ryan and Jamie's house to watch the Obama/Clinton debate and to eat dinner. Jamie made some really good chicken, and the debate was pretty interesting to watch, even if it didn't really do a great job of highlighting the differences between the two. The newspapers have been saying that the debate was contentious, but given the stakes for Hillary, I actually thought that it was pretty friendly. If the newspapers think that kind of interaction was contentious, they ought to come check out some of the shenanigans that go on up in our courtrooms on a day to day basis (and criminal court is supposed to be relatively friendly compared to civil court). People are so repressed nowadays (I just mean, any little bit of disagreement, and everyone gets all excited).
I like Barack. He's charismatic, eloquent, and he brings a fresh energy to the Democratic party. On the other hand, Hillary's point is not lost on me when she says that Obama tends to speak in terms of general aspirations, rather than appearing to possess solidly constructed plans that he wants to implement. Take that fact and combine it with Obama's relatively short record as a senator, and it could turn out that Obama is a condidate who's more about image than substance. But I hope not. I hope that he can be as effective a leader as he is a politician, and I guess I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, given the fact that he's relatively young and hasn't really had the time to establish a record that's as long and well-established as Hillary's. But the thought that Barack might be a paper tiger has crossed my mind. If we support Obama, we're taking a risk, and I hope that he works really hard to validate the faith that people are putting in him.
I want to go to the Obama rally tonight. It's taking place like two blocks from my office, and it's probably going to be my best and only chance to see the man. Of course, I just found out that the stupid thing doesn't start until like 9:00 p.m.. That sucks. I thought it was going to be at 6:00.. Oh well. Maybe I'll still go. At least I'll have our county parking garage to park in.
Not much else to report. More later?