That being said, what they do have is access to the candidates up close and personal. What better way to assess a person than in person?
That's why I was so excited to see a headline in the local paper heralding the fact that Chris Christie was coming to northern Idaho! Okay, he wasn't coming to campaign for himself but to help raise funds for our Governor. I understand the need for fundraising, but it sure cuts out the little guy. Especially in this economy.
Sure, the masses will be able to see him at a rally for a whole half hour for $50 a pop. Oh well. Out of my budget. The big spenders will be able to attend a VIP reception for $1000 per couple. Way out of the budget!
The problem is, this is likely to be the only time he comes close. If he actually runs he may make a token visit to Boise, the capital, but that's it. It's because we're such a solidly red state, the Republicans don't bother with us because we're a given. The Democrats stay away too for the same yet opposite reason. We're just here. Taken for granted. Do we have unaddressed concerns? Does anyone really care?
It's back to voting by guess and by golly. I can do no more to inform myself than to read as much as I can. I didn't do enough of it with Obama and I've vowed not to make the same mistake twice. Listening to stump speeches tell me little and are so repetitious I get to the point of tuning them out. Listening to the talking heads gives no more than slanted insight from those I feel sometimes are even less informed than I am. It's perplexing.
I don't know if I'll still be interested in Christie when it gets closer to the presidential sweepstakes, but I'd have a better sense if I could actually see him. Feel a handshake. Is it strong? Look him in the eye. Do his eyes meet mine? Listen to him speak. Is there a dynamic the television mics don't pick up? There is certainly the matter of context.
Back to business as usual. Reading, listening and trying to figure out the being within from afar. No wonder we make so many bad decisions at the ballot box. In most cases we haven't a clue for whom