Watching Obama battle McCain from Kalasungay
If anything, one reason I was glued to the run up to the US presidential election is my interest on electoral reforms in the Philippines.
Following through the campaign from the primaries to nomination and to the general election, I never really developed an addiction or affiliation towards any of the candidates. Of course I have my bet, and it has never changed from Day One.
But my interest has focused more on America’s electoral process. It has served as my education on American elections.
Another reason, probably, for my interest is the similarity between American presidential politics and boxing.
I am fond of watching combat sports, and among them I think boxing is safest.
The US presidential elections is a duel between two parties with specific and general stands on key issues.
They hit each other from different angles and they hold on to a strategy all throughout the bout.
The friction between two fighters over at least two years (from grabbing party nomination) squeeze in some lessons on American politicsm, economy, and foreign policy.
I had a quick reflection on whether the 2008 victor would have an impact on US policy in the Philippines, and specifically Mindanao.
I know the US is very influential to Philippine governance and economy and that measures have to be taken to mark off the gray lines of dependence.
The Philippines should escape the shadow of the US. But I don’t really think much about it.
Apart from this post, I had no other mental exercise on the elections of a foreign country.
Of course, If I have time I’ll watch for updates from home.