Just turned on Hardball and heard Matthews note that the Republican party has not won a Presidential election without a Bush or Nixon on the ticket since 1928, and that reminded me that I forgot to mention that I voted today. I will be traveling on the 4th, so I figured I might as well go in and get it over with.
I am of mixed minds on early voting. While I really like the idea of making voting more available to everyone, and I understand that people’s schedules in the modern era make it difficult to vote on a specific day, there is still a part of me that really enjoys waking up on election day, having my coffee, going to my polling station and hanging around talking to people while waiting for my turn to vote. Not to sound all syrupy, but it just feels like a profoundly American thing to do, and I think the practice of voting is good for the country. It is one day to do your civic duty. It should be something people look forward to doing and treasure, and part of me thinks that early voting strips away some of that sense of community.
At any rate, the early voting in our area is set up in an old Wal-Mart on the other side of town, and the whole thing was quick and painless. I was in and out in under ten minutes. There was a steady stream of voters the entire time I was there, and I think there is going to be massive turn-out this election.
Other than Obama, I voted for the Mountain Party candidate Jesse Johnson for Governor. He does not have a chance in hell of winning, and Manchin is polling around 75% to win, so I figured I would encourage a third-party candidate. We need more parties, not fewer.
Down ticket there were not many competitive races, and my mother and I both refuse to vote for someone running unopposed, so there really were not many races to choose. A couple local races had candidates from both parties, but most of the folks were Democrats running unopposed. WV will probably go to McCain, but otherwise it is going to be a Democratic month in November.
I never imagined I would vote for a Democrat for President, but it sure was fun. Still waiting on the check from Soros and the virgins, damnit.
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Why, Oliver? Why?