Why Back a Presidential Candidate in 2008?
by Matt Stoller, Thu Jun 07, 2007 at 04:49:06 PM EDT
I have a question. Why are you backing a candidate for 2008? I ask this in all seriousness. I backed Kerry, then Clark in 2004 for a variety of reasons, but mostly because I thought that was how to make change in the political system. I didn't know about all the other stuff out there, and I really really wanted to beat Bush. I'm not sure I was right, but that's what I did and why I did it. Given that there are many ways of making change, including backing a local council race, a primary candidate for a Congressional seat, doing journalism, working on an issue, or any number of other ways of being involved, why the hurry to back one specific candidate for a Presidential contest that is extremely difficult to affect as just one person?
I'm not sure it's a bad choice, mind you. I'm just curious why you're making that choice.
Please, if you don't mind, try to focus less on why your guy/gal is teh awesome and more on why you think that choosing now, this early, is useful for your political goals, whatever they may be. Also, 'because it's fun' is a totally reasonable answer. For many of us, politics is still a hobby and should be fun.