Here I sit in my hotel in Miami, our departure delayed. It’s a bit cooler than yesterday, regrettably too chilly (& windy) to go out on the beach. I supposed I should use this time to say something about the campaign. I mean, it was all over FoxNews when I switched on the TV while packing. I’m sure the other news networks are similarly satured with campaign coverage.
Even though the Iowa caucus is upon us, I really don’t want to think about politics right now. A friend of mine messaged me while I was checking e-mail and asked me what I thought about the coming cauci in Iowa. I replied I was on vacation, not really thinking all that much about politics.
In a previous post, the most political thing I wrote while on vacation, I indicated I would attempt to blog on Jack Goldsmith’s book The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration. I even packed the book (along with some related print-outs) so I might refer to it in my post. I barely cracked the cover.
I’m just not as focused on the topic as I normally am, more interested in spending time with my family, enjoying the sunshine and reading the pulp fantasy novel I was reading (and searching (alas unsuccesfully) for its sequel to read on my return).
Right now, it just doesn’t seem the time to focus on politics. Maybe after I get back and unpack, my mind will be there.
And here I am a blogger who writes frequently about politics. If I’m not as interested at this time of year as I normally am, what does that say about the interest level of the average voter in Iowa, New Hampshire and elsewhere?
It seems right now, even after the first of the year that most people would rather focus on family and friends than on politics. It’s too bad so many states were so eager to move up their primaries and cauci, pushing states that normally voted–or caucused–in February to the first days of the new year.
As a result, they attempted to politicize the holidays, turning off even those who, as yours truly, enjoys following the give and take of the political season, talking about it and writing about it.
– B. Daniel Blatt (GayPatriotWest@aol.com)