My home states (where I was born and moved back and forth between as a child) are featuring prominently in my mind these days. Not only are the Red Sox going to the World Series again, but after extensive careful consideration, I have decided to support Chris Dodd for president.
Laugh all you want, you Yankees fans and Hillary/Obama supporters.
While the reasons to love the Red Sox are so obvious I'm not even going to bother going over them, those to love Dodd aren't quite as transparent. But here is why I do. Apart from being very liberal, I agree with his stances on various social issues, like that he spent time in the Peace Corps, and personally believe that he rocks some pretty beautiful eyebrows. Obviously not a factor in regards to his foreign policy prowess, but they make for some nice eye candy when cruising his website.
Now I know what many of you are saying. Dodd is a liberal Senator from New England who has been in Washington for 30 years and is thus totally "unelectable." That might very well be true. On the other hand, our other choices this cycle include a woman, a black guy and a Mormon. Furthermore, if more people let their idealism guide their voting choices rather than their jaded sense of practicality we might actually elect some interesting candidates. Certainly ones that are better than the loser we currently have in office. While pragmatism is an honorable trait, and I respect the choices of those who are supporting Hillary or Obama because they believe they can win, I also think that part of the beauty of the American political system is the fact that we have so many choices and a rather efficient primary system to narrow down the field. While I would love to live in a world where Dodd becomes the Democratic candidate and manages to recruit the support of enough swing voters to actually win without looking like a "flip flopper" I doubt that will happen. But that doesn't mean I can't articulate my support for him and what he stands for by backing him for as long as he remains in the race. If more people followed that logic, those candidates that are considered unelectable might prove to be anything but.
In the comments section tell me who your candidate is. Your true candidate, not the one you're supporting because you think they've got what it takes to win.