Elana's Blog and the dialogue its second entry has generated has inspired me to finally get off my figurative duff and start my own so-called "blog". The name of the blog is an embodiment of its goal - a place for me to write about something that interests me and that is on my mind. I've actually been gathering topic ideas for awhile - the folder on my desktop named "Blog" has 35 beginnings alone.
So, since its late and I still have some work to do, I'm going to make this first entry short and about a political race I'm sure you have all been following intently - the Democratic primary for one of Oregon's U.S. Senate seats.
Having just received our Voter Pamphlet, today is the first time I've actually paid this race much thought. Though there are five gentlemen running for the privilege of facing Republican Sen. Gordon Smith in the fall, two jumped out at me. The first because he considers being a candidate for office "Governmental Experience." He also uses the word "idiot" 28 times on his campaign website, which is hosted by his fitness program's website. He also says that he will, "Defend nation from a weapons of mass destruction. In two months win Iraq's war, bring troops home." I love primaries.
As for the second gentleman, Steve Novick attracted my interest because the policy section on his website wasn't a collection of platitudes, but had actual argument and reason. Granted, I didn't agree with everything he said, but I appreciated it none-the-less. Check him out if you're voting in Oregon. From what I read in the Willamette Week and the lawn signs in Eastmoreland, his main opponent and current front runner is Jeff Merkley.