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What, no kayak endorsement?

Posted Feb 15 2008 12:00am

I watch the ripples change their size
But never leave the stream
Of warm impermanence and
So the days float through my eyes
But still the days seem the same
And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They’re quite aware of what they’re going through

So here we are in Wisconsin getting our shot at the presidential primaries. The thing is, to this point I’ve not heard any of the major candidates even mention the word “Kayak”.  How disappointing.  What’s worse is that none of the major pollsters have even attempted to tell us which way the kayak block may swing.  Now you may say that kayakers are a small group. Granted.  However, with this tight race (at least on the democratic side), it could be that who wins and who loses could come down to the votes of just a small number of paddling voters.  Where’s our respect??

The low profile, or should I say NO profile of kayaking issues in the presidential race makes it pretty hard for a politically active kayaker to make an informed choice.  Barack Obama has said little about his stand on deck lines,  and Hillary Clinton has inserted nothing about lowering the price of carbon fiber into her position papers.   Are we invisible?

Without direct evidence of an interest in kayaking, we are left to infer where these candidates may lean in regards to the issues we care about.  So what do we know? 

Well on Barack Obama’s side, he does represent a constituency near Lake Michigan.  We can’t prove that he’s actually swam, paddled or even looked in the direction of the lake, but he has at least trudged through lake effect snow.  In addition he does claim roots in Hawaii & Indonesia so you could assume that he may be more sensitive to the issues kayakers care about.  Kayaker’s after all love islands.

Now on Hillary’s side we know that she likes to spend a lot of time in Martha’s Vineyard.  More than just being an island, we also know those guys can afford Kevlar kayaks.  We also have evidence from Edgartown Harbor Department that daughter Chelsea actually has been in a kayak.  Apparently the Harbor Master, Charles Blair is the guy who was given the task of finding her a boat when she felt like getting out on the sea.  In addition the fact that Hillary named her daughter after an area of London on the bank of the Thames may show a leaning toward  British boats. . .

In the end though, at least here in Wisconsin the whole thing may come down to an issue of Navigation.  Barack Obama seems to have had no problem actually finding Wisconsin.  Hillary on the other hand missed a Wisconsin landing by a few hundred miles and is now trying to decide if it’s worth backtracking.  What made it all the more interesting is that she is attacking Obama for not debating her in Wisconsin. . . thing is, wouldn’t she have to be here?

Ah, politics!


*photo by Rio Mayoleth

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