Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Barack the Vote

Beth and Libby both have a big job to do today. You see, they live in Ohio and Texas, respectively, and as all good NPR listeners know, today is yet another pivotal primary that may or may not solidify the standing of my favorite frontrunner, Barack Obama.

I don't expect my dear friends to vote for Mr. Obama. I do, however, expect them to vote. And I'm certain they will. I know Beth has been doing her research (with some help from her kids) and Libby, well, she always seems to to do the right thing. So wear your "I Voted" sticker with pride, ladies. And I'll be watching the pundits play with their fancy schmancy touch screens and chit chat with their so-called experts late through the night to see if any real news comes of today's elections. But really, I'm pretty sure we'll come out of this one in much the same place and soon will be watching the candidates pound the pavement in Pennsylvania.

But I'm gonna watch the coverage anyway.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well we did what we could and gave our two household votes to Obama. I was surprised to see this morning that Obama won Cincinnati by a landslide (as neither candidate spent much time here, because of the major Ohio cities, Cincinnati has the fewest Democrats). But we do have a highly respected African American mayor who endorsed Barack Obama last week (and he's also a superdelegate).

When I voted, I was surprised to learn that here in Ohio 17-year-olds can vote for candidates (at least in the primary...because the primary races are run by the two political parties), so they have a separate ballot with only the candidates on it. They looked at me like I had two heads when I questioned this practice, but I'm fairly certain this is not a common practice throughout the United States.

Unfortunately we ended up not hearing Obama speak here in Cincinnati, because Suzanne's Waldorf School kindergarten interview would have caused us to be too late (especially because there was a shuttle service to from a remote parking lot that I hadn't figured into my original calculations). In the end, Larry and I accepted that it was a good thing, as Chad kept talking about wanting to "get to know the candidates." We figured that he'd stand in the audience with his hand raised until Obama called on him, etc. My friend Lynisa said it probably isn't a good idea to be on the Secret Services' list before the age of 10. ; )

Next week we're tagging along with Larry when he attends a conference in Pittsburgh, so I hadn't realized until your post that we'd be heading into campaign country again.

Beth

Anonymous said...

I don't know how in depth this issue was covered in the national news, but it has been a big deal here in Ohio. Many poling places ran out of their Democratic ballots, because here a Republican can switch to a Democrat. They have to swear that they have indeed made said switch, but in reality the media has reported that many Republicans felt that if they voted for Clinton, then McCain would have a better chance of winning. As far as I know, none of the poling locations ran out of Republican ballots. There were moms waiting with two young kids for over an hour for a ballot, but they ended up having to leave before a ballot arrived. (Some just voted on the issues.) I guess it'll become another one of the "What ifs?" in U.S. political history, although a relatively minor blip on the political radar screen.

Beth

libby said...

I voted...I dont like my choices...evil and evil...I know you are caught up in the rush of Obama...I just see him as clinton part 2...gee...my other option is clinton wife...I really dont see much difference from them and McCain...McCain nor democ are going to be able to resolve military issues or a while...people need to go back and read american history of life in the US leading up to and following the Revolutionary War to understand democracies do not happen easily nor quickly...and the US should know by now...YOU DONT ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT when you push a democratic system on a situation that is not ready for one....Hamas is the group I have in mind...we pushed for a democratic election in the middle east and look who the people elected...a group the US recognizes as a terrorist organization...hmmm now what is the US supposed to do with that...

I am bitter
I dont like my choices.
Obama seems nice enough...but DC will corrupt him soon.
He is corruptable after all...he wants to be president...and yes I teach children...we just dont discuss politics in this manner
I am bitter
can you tell

libby said...

I voted for Obama...but not because of reasons you think...I forgot to put that...I know that it will make you happy that he got a vote....