In Her Words
My Apathetic Election Self
I’m just not that into it
By: Julie Ryan Evans
This should be one of the most exciting election years ever–the first African American candidate; the first female candidate. The country is ripe for improvement, screaming for change and direction. I should be rallying; I should be campaigning door-to-door and having heated debates about the candidates’ platforms.
But frankly, I’m just not that into it. I’d rather discuss the next American Idol than the next American President.
And it’s not that I’ve always been politically apathetic. I spent six and half years working on Capitol Hill as press secretary to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. I lived and breathed bills and legislation. I didn’t move from the television Sunday mornings as I watched all of “the shows” unless it was to go retrieve a mile-high pile of newspapers to devour.
But this year, eh? I’m not passionate about any of the candidates. No one has shown me how they’re going to make a difference; and I feel like no matter what, we’re in for more of the same. I’m disappointed in–actually appalled by–my attitude. My 20-something self would give me a mouthful about people like me. And maybe closer to the election, I’ll get reinvigorated, but for now, I’m looking forward to the season finale of The Hills.