OK, it seems quite clear that with the choices we have had for the upcoming presidential election that the two major party's certainly don't really want to give us someone really worthwhile for president for at least the next four years. Why not?
Well, if we think about it, who really wants to take charge of the country with the things that are currently going on? With the media hyped opinion polls of President Bush, the current administration "AND" the current Congress, just who wants to enter that mess?
Here's what I think;
The Democrats were hoping upon hopes that they could manipulate Congress to force the President to withdraw all troops in the Middle East which would have given them one major issue to not have to deal with. The Democrats know full well that no Democratic president is going to back off of the Middle East any more then the current administration is going to do so. We simply need to stay in the Middle East for a while longer.
Since the Middle East issue is still on the table, the Dems seem to have figured that they would take this oportunity to test the racial and gender waters for the presidency by putting up a woman and a non-White (can't really call Obama black now can we?) candidate. On the off chance that the country simply would not vote in a Republican, the Dems would make history without having to have a candidate that was actually effective.
The Republicans are running a candidate that is essentially a safe bet. McCain will pretty much stay the course with what the current administration has been doing but McCain is a bit more palatable to Dems who may not be able to vote in a Dem candidate just to make history.
For the purpose of becoming president of the United States and actually doing anything, I don't thing either party really wants to take that responsibility. Basically; McCain is saying we need to keep doing what we are doing, but he sympathizes with the Dems as well, and Obama is just spewing out the "need for change" without ever saying what that change would entail or how in the world he could actually make any change occur.
So, we have a stalemate situation where neither party really wants the presidency for any reason other then to possibly promote the party for future elections when things may not be so hyped up.
What do you all think? Do the candidates really want to be president in order to actually do anything different? Do the party's really want to control the Executive Branch for any other reason then to attempt to promote the Party?