Observations From The Sideline

I have watched with interest, if not almost fascination, the presidential race on both the Republican and Democratic side in the last month. From the debates to the primaries to the overwhelming media coverage online, I have followed the candidates, their comments and the ups and downs on the road to Super Tuesday next week. As of today, I am unsure still as to who I fully support and who I may end up voting for. I definitely like some of the candidates more than others, but am currently just interested in the process. Along the way, I have made some observations and thought I would point out a few here on my blog.

Best Senator: Among the four remaining potential candidates from both parties, there are three United States senators. I realize that campaigning for the office of the POTUS is a full-time job, but who among Clinton, Obama and McCain is doing the most to maintain their current duties in the Senate? Where was McCain last Monday night at the State of the Union address? Should I be upset, as a New York resident, that one of my two Senators may be neglecting her duties to stump through most of the county on potentially the way to the White House? Should residents in Illinois or Arizona care? Does running for President absolve one from the duties he/she was elected to fulfill?

Demographics: There is no doubt that demographics matter in this election, perhaps more so than ever. There is much talk about who is obtaining the woman vote, the lower income vote, the Black vote and the Hispanic vote. There is little talk about who is obtaining the Asian-American vote (meaning Asia in its geographic sense, from the Middle East to the Far East). While the states that have held primaries so far may have small Asian-American populations, and concededly, Asian-Americans comprise a small percentage of the population of the United States, from my perspective, Asian-Americans are in many ways the future of the country. This is so because as anyone who has recently visited a college campus, law firm, investment bank, hospital or any number of industries dominated by higher education knows, Asian-Americans are present in much higher percentages than their proportion in the U.S. as a whole. Smaller numbers of Asian-Americans may make their way to public and government service than in the private sector for now, but among the industries that traditionally dominate the country, Asian-Americans are the face of the United States going forward.

It’s not Over Yet: Don’t count Mitt Romney out yet. And if Hillary and McCain emerge after next Tuesday as the true frontrunners, Bloomberg may return to the headlines, if not dragged there by millions not happy with the two parties’ choices.

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