I have been enjoying the super tuesday  “espectaculo”.  There are so many themes percolating from the media, internet, under rocks, and wherever else it is that I bere witness to the events of the day.

As a Canadian, it is offensive to me how important the role Race plays in this election.  We may be cynical up here, but when the canditates, the media, and everyone else with a pulse goes out of their way to claim how small a role that “race” plays on the “race”, and then watch how carefully ABC News slices the vote on ethnic lines, I am truly saddened.  Maybe it is because Canada is a Godless, immigrant nation without a civil war history, but people up here really don’t seem to care much about where people are from.  We have had ethnic, catholic and women leaders already.  We are as shallow as the next group, but for different reasons.  We would happily vote for Hillary or Barak, but for novelty.  Never had a black or a women president?  That’s worth a vote. 

Maybe it is a function of our “representative democracy”… for the Americans that read this, what “representative democracy” means is that Canadians decide who is the “coolest” (or least objectionable)  potential Presidential Candidate and vote for their party.  In practice, this means voting for some schmuck in your riding that you have never heard of, that you don’t care to hear of, and that makes no difference, even if elected.  Stay tuned.

Canadians have a “First past the post system”.  This means that the leader of the party that wins the election is the President.  (ok, Prime Minister… I am tailoring this message since it IS Super Tuesday after all).  The President of Canada makes all the rules (if they have a majority government, which we don’t right now, but that is a whole other issue). 

We don’t have a division of powers based democracy like America.  In principle, we should be another banana republic.  Or maybe, an Igloo Republic.  That would be cool… I like Igloos.

Somehow, between the igloos, the bananas, the schmucks… I am losing my way in this post.  Let’s bring it back.

As a shallow Canadian, I didn’t care that Hillary is a woman, or that Barak is black.  What I cared about…. was John McCain’s face. 

What is wrong with John McCain’s face!?  It is not perfect… he doesn’t look anything like Mitt!  Now, I wouldn’t want to vote for Mitt… I don’t abide his social politics, but still… Poor old John doesn’t look perfect!  And not just because he is old, either.  There is something wrong with that man.

So, I turned to Google, (google.com - I don’t want to give them a back link), to find out what was up.  I found no end of commentary.  And it was interesting.  The morbidly, bordidly curious folk, like me, would write a question like, “What the hell is wrong with John McCain’s face?”  and the answers would vary from “Vietnam” to “Skin Cancer” to “Screw you, you liberal commie bastard!!”.  But there was plenty of data.

So, I need some help here….  Your average Canadian would pat himself on the back because we yawn over race and sex…. (with who and how many, yawwn….) but, ugly is still ugly.  That’s why I just had to check out the data on old John.

Please tell me…. am I worse than the average ABC correspondent that slices up the vote by ethnicity?  Tell me, I can take it.

But before you accuse me of being unAmerican, I love John McCain, and would have voted for him in 2000 if I had the Green Card.  I didn’t, so GWB won.  Blame me, I can take it.

I also respect Hillary, and love Obama’s fire.  So long as any of those three win, which is a near certainty, I believe that America will be headed in a new, better direction.

My career sees me travel through almost every American state.  I love America.  My family tells me I don’t even talk “right” anymore after too much time in the South, but I love it.  My family says “Proh-sesss” but we that know better say “prawww-ses” but I digress.

I will never, ever, forget when I watched the towers come down on September 11, 2001.  That day, like even the French said, “We are all Americans”.  I was an American that day. 

GWB squandered the best historical opportunity in hundreds of years to redefine America’s role in the world.  I love America, but I HATE American foreign policy.  I am not alone in that opinion.  To this day, I cry at the lost possibilities, and the world cries with me.

So who would I vote for?  God, that’s a tough one.  Hillary is competent, and I remember the Bill days with fondness.  Maybe Americans were worried about who he was shagging, but we don’t care much about that up here.  It was good for the Economy, and it was good for the world.  Besides, we would have shagged Monica too. 

Hillary might bring those days back… but, she also has the stink of establishment that Bill never did have.  I just don’t trust that she could escape the clutches of the special influences.  Maybe, maybe not. 

As for Barak; he looks cool, but he has no real experience.  He reminds me of GWB;  a rube just waiting for the Special Interests to tell him what for.  I don’t trust his ability to actually make change for the bettery in America.  His policy announcements are often silly, at best.  He could change America’s direction, but it could be for the worse, economically.

And John?  Given my hatred for Bush and for his regime of mass destruction, I have a really hard time imagining voting for Republicans.  But John McCain is Stephen Harper with an interesting past and a little personality.  I respect his economic conservatism and his social “liberalism” as his competitors like to brand him…  If you ask me, that is the height of all irony in terminology, as it is John McCain more than the Mormon or the Evangelical that wants to preserve FREEDOM for Americans.

So, I do hope that John McCain spends his election bonus on a facial, so that when we are looking at him for the next four years… it doesn’t hurt so much.