Samantha Jones

Sam's Notebook

Samantha Jones is associate editor for Carroll County Newspapers. Her email address is Citizen.Editor.Eureka@gmail.com.



Friday, March 6, 2020

It hardly feels like four years have passed, but here we are slogging through another presidential primary. Regular readers of this column know Iím pretty liberal and not the biggest fan of President Trump. That doesnít mean Iím a huge fan of all his prospective opponents.

In truth, this election has hit a lot differently than any in the past. Iím not keen on voting for somebody just because they arenít Trump, no matter how much I dislike our current administration. Like many voters, I want someone to inspire me. I want someone to be excited about. I want to feel confident about my choice when I leave the voting booth, and Iím not so sure that will happen this year.

Letís go over the options as they stand now. We have Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard and Michael Bloomberg. Pete Buttigieg would be on the list, but he dropped out of the race this past weekend. While I havenít warmed up to any of the candidates, I have certainly soured on Bloomberg.

Has anyone ever been more disingenuous than Mike Bloomberg? When his ads first started appearing during my precious TV time, the focus was on beating Trump. ďMike Bloomberg: the only candidate that can beat Trump,Ē the announcer proclaimed to everyone in my living room. The ads have since shifted toward featuring women and people of color who say Bloomberg has helped their careers flourish.

Hearing their words certainly gave me pause. After all, they are talking about the same man known for the stop and frisk police tactic, a horribly racist practice that only makes civilians distrust the law enforcement officers put in place to protect them. Itís not OK, and itís what Bloomberg is known for. Then there are the many, many allegations that Bloomberg fostered a corporate environment ripe with sexual harassment. And here he is on national television paying women and people of color to say the exact opposite.

It is disgusting in more ways than one. Of course Bloombergís hypocrisy is frustrating, but thatís not what scares me most. Bloomberg has seemingly limitless funds that allow him to continue to run this ridiculous campaign. He has already spent more than $400 million on television, radio and digital ads, and thereís still five months of campaigning to go before the Democratic National Convention in July. Thatís assuming he doesnít pull out of the race earlier. I sure wish he would, but it seems heís as delusional as he is rich.

As far as the other candidates go, I definitely think they are better than Bloomberg. Sanders ran a decent campaign in 2016 and hasnít lost his momentum. I hear about Sanders more than any other candidate in the race, even with all the dollars Bloomberg has spent to get his name out there. Part of me thinks Sanders is the logical choice, but I could see how being a self-identified socialist could work against him. Some people hear ďsocialistĒ and they think ďcommunist.Ē I donít, but Iím certainly not the only person voting in this election.

Four years ago, I made my mind up about the candidate I supported very early into the election. Being so sure so fast almost gave me tunnel vision. I couldnít see any other outcome besides my favorite candidate taking the election. I am not so sure this time around, and I think thatís a good thing.

After all, I have plenty of time to make up my mind. This is an important election, and I want to take my sweet time making a decision.