The Single-issue Voter returns
Four years ago, though it feels like an eternity, I wrote a series of reasonably popular post looking at each of the candidates running for President in light of the bird credentials. Had you been paying attention to this stuff, you may or may not be surprised to come to the same conclusion as I did; that candidates from both major political parties generally don’t consider birds, and birders, at all in their political maneuvering. Shocking, I know. Perhaps that’s why the candidates with ostensibly the most bird-friendly platforms, crashed and burned early on.
In any case, with the primary season once again upon us I’m going to put on my pundit cap and tackle the candidates for 2012. But this time there’s a fairly significant difference. With a Democratic incumbent in the White House this will be an entirely Republican affair.
Now that may seem a little unfair, especially since I am an unapologetic liberal pink-o soshulist, etc. But I will try my level best to give each of the candidates a fair shake despite my ideological slant. I will not spare the snark, however. And if this bunch of tea drinkers and flat-earthers needs anything, it’s a heaping helping of justifiable sarcasm.
Besides, if the past is any indication I would have been just as hard on the Democrats, and likely will once President Obama’s turn comes up at the end. Birders, despite our upcoming pop culture cache, are hardly rushing to fill the void left by soccer moms and NASCAR dads. But make no mistake, my fellow birder-Americans, you will get an accounting of each candidates birder bona fides so that when you head to the voting booth, you’ll be able to make your decision fully aware of which candidate will be the best for birds.
Assuming, of course, you’re a single-issue voter like me.
Single-issue Voter starts next week with former Utah Governor and political masochist, Jon Huntsman. The missing “H” stands for “Help, my fellow candidates are lunatics”.