New Hampshire Victory for Hillary (and Science)

I’m finding this election very exciting. The last time I got excited with elections was during Bush v. Gore.
I remember rooting for Gore. Too bad I was only a U.S. resident at that
time, so I wasn’t able to cast in my vote. It wouldn’t have
mattered anyway. And the rest, as they say, is history.

The 2008 presidential election is another history in the making. The
issues are more crucial (e.g. Iraq, health care, climate change, energy
policies, etc.) The race to the primaries is tighter. Thanks to
Youtube, we can watch the election from anywhere in the world (I’m
watching it from Ireland right now). And there’s a good chance that
we’ll either have a first woman president, or a first black president.
Historic times, indeed.

Hillary Clinton made a quick comeback with her victory in new Hampshire. Obama is not far behind. And Edwards is still going strong. On the Republican side, John McCain conquered New Hampshire,
with Mitt Romney following closely. I watched their speeches. They all
spout the usual platitudes. If I base my judgment solely on eloquence,
charisma, projection as a leader, delivery, and electibility, Obama trumps them
. Don’t take my word for it. Here are the videos of their New
Hampshire speeches:

Hillary Clinton victory speech; Barack Obama speech; John Edwards speech; John McCain victory speech

But I have a soft spot for underdogs. So I’m still rooting for Edwards
to give Clinton and Obama the scare. In case you’re wondering why I’m
rooting for Democrats, I’ve already explained it in my previous post.
See: Who Should You Vote For in the 2008 Presidential Election.

Another important issue for me in this election is the respect and weight that will be given to Science by the next administration. This rules out Republicans. As far as I know, only Hillary Clinton had pledged to put the role of the "First Scientist" in its rightful place. I wonder if Obama and Edwards would extend the same respect to their Science Adviser of choice.

In the meantime, it’s our collective responsibility to be aware of the
policies of our chosen candidates. The onus is on us to be more
conscious of our votes and the important issues surrounding this
crucial election. Here are the issues of the candidates mentioned above.

You can also go to Glassbooth Election 2008
to connect with the candidates who represent your beliefs the best. If
the most important issue for you is the environment, then you can also
choose a Green President. As for me, I think Steve Kirsch’s analysis is right on the money.