December 1, 2007

The Ice Storm of Iowa: A Choice of "Sortas"

Opening somewhere in the midwest soon:

As the 2008 election scandal looms in the background, the inhabitants of Iowa begin to slip into an existentialist void, wherein social taboos are shattered on whims and the line between adult authority and juvenile irresponsibility in campaigning is practically nonexistant. Focusing on three candidates in particular, the Edwards, the Obamas and the Clintons, "The Ice Storm of Iowa " chronicles a brief period of rapid moral deterioration, as the candidates shatter their social "roles" in pursuit of votes, within an environment turned inwards on itself. -- The Ice Storm of Iowa 2008 - Plot summary

The Democratic rivals struggled with an ice storm -- and each other -- as they spent Saturday courting constituencies crucial to winning the nomination and the White House. -- Democrats in Iowa battle ice, each other

This is not to say there is no clear choice here. There is only what I'd call a "sorta" choice.

Iowans have a choice between someone who is
Sorta black....

Pointing to his history as a community organizer in Chicago, Sen. Barack Obama said, "This idea of community values is not just a cause of a campaign for me, it is the cause of my life."

Sorta female...

"I've been fighting this fight for a very long time," said Clinton. "We have to have more cost-effective and higher-quality health care for everyone, I don't want to leave anyone uncovered."

or Sorta Gay....

"They have built a wall around Washington, and most of America is left outside that wall," said former Sen. John Edwards. "No matter what, we're going to tear that wall down, we're going to empower Americans."

Who could ask for anything more? But there is more, there is always more, because the Democrats of Iowa can also choose, if they want, somebody who is

Sorta crazy....

Rep. Dennis Kucinich. "I am the only one running for president who stands for a not-for-profit health care system. I know there are people running for president who claim that's not possible."

Ah, democracy. It's a beautiful thing.

Posted by Vanderleun at December 1, 2007 7:15 PM
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Looks like a picture from "Yes, Prime Minister"
Rather fitting.

Posted by: Jeff Crump at December 10, 2007 8:59 AM