Endorsements

I’m trying really hard not to write about politics right now. If you want to know how and why I’m voting then contact me privately and I’ll be happy to tell you. But frankly I’m not sure why you would want to know. You should be doing your own research and making your own decisions. You’re a grown-up now, after all.

That’s why I really don’t care about endorsements. I keep hearing how such-n-such newspaper has endorsed so-n-so, or this stollywood harlet has made a commercial for that guy. And I have to ask myself: So what?

I have no idea who the editorial board of the Des Moines Register are. But frankly, I doubt they know me, either. So why should it matter to me what they think? Why would a newspaper give an endorsement in the first place? I thought they were supposed to report the news, not be the news. Silly me.

I certainly have no intention of taking any celebrity’s word on who I should vote for. I mean really, what is there to recommend them other than they got a big break and became famous? So did Idi Amin. Acting skills or musical talent do not intrinsically translate into socio-political savvy. I can respect, even enjoy, the talents that made them famous, but I can’t think of a single good reason to trust their judgment on anything outside of that. I mean, most of them live in a world that is pretty far removed from reality. Many of them have a hard enough time keeping their own lives from exploding all over the tabloid pages. Why would I trust them to directmy life?

The list of people I would trust to advise me on my political choices is startlingly short, and I can’t think of a single celebrity or newspaper editorial board that would be on it. In fact, most of the people whose opinions I might trust will never see those opinions make the news.

I will be so glad when the election is over. Then we can go back to celebrities and newspapers telling us what to buy, what to eat, what to wear, and so on. Because they’re also very reliable on those matters, too.