Weekend part 2. So much for the "us" in the US of A.
Made a small dent in shopping & chores, which is helping somewhat to make things feel a little less overwhelming. Nothing like living in squalor to make you feel out of control.
But the political news is not helping my mood.
A few brief highlights from this week:
1. John Stewart asked John McCain to recount an anecdote on the Daily Show about taking questions from the audience. McCain chose to tell about an example of a woman who wanted to point out the Fair Pay Act and issues like reproductive rights.
McCain laughed while he was recounting this event, like these issues are ridiculous.
2. Shortly thereafter someone forwarded me one of those MoveOn things.
In response to questions about the Fair Pay Act, McCain said that women need to get more education and training.
The implication being that we're not paid equally because women are stupid and lazy.
Does any of this remind you of other civil rights movements? Anyone?
In a creative but impractical move, MoveOn was requesting women to send our CVs (with contact info removed, of course) to McCain.
Of course my CV is more or less meaningless with all relevant names removed. And since nobody knows what a postdoc is, much less how little we're paid, I'd be tempted to spend some time restructuring it to include my salary.
I'm paid less than your average high school teacher. McCain would have a hard time arguing I need more education. But he could always say - as everyone does about postdocs who want faculty positions but don't have them yet - the problem is that I don't have enough "training".
3. A few days ago I heard some mumbling accusing Hillary of hooking up with the mafia in Lake County, Indiana where the votes came in late, but she won.
The implication being that she couldn't possibly win without scare tactics, threats, or cheating.
4. Last night I saw the numbers showing that Barack has won over almost exactly an equal number of SuperDelegates as Hillary. But he's 168 delegates ahead since I guess they're still not counting Michigan and Florida.
But I thought they might have those states vote again, which might still give Hillary a chance. According to the DNC, there will be a meeting May 31st to decide what to do about this issue.
I still think it's ridiculous the way the Democratic Party controls the order of voting, and that in this day and age we still don't have a simultaneous, electronic primary where the whole country votes at once.
I'm very disappointed in Howard Dean.
5. This morning on Meet the Press they were talking about Obama vs. McCain, as if Hillary had officially dropped out already. But I didn't see any official announcements.
I'm very disappointed in Tim Russert.
I had a funny daydream this morning. I was thinking that if Hillary decided to split from the Democratic party and run as Independent or something, I would still rather vote for her than vote for Obama.
I'm sick of the Democratic Party, even while I agree with them on almost all the issues, I'm very disenfranchised and sick of the way they run things. It's stupid and unfair.
And now, back to the chores.