Thursday, January 03, 2008

caucus day

so all eyes are on iowa, however, i'm not sure what kind of influence it'll have this year since, i assume, they'll all end up pretty close to each other. nobody is going to get blown away and the press is still going to focus on all three front runners, at least until new hampshire's results come out.

i am going to new hampshire this weekend and emily is coming with! she's not all that politically oriented but she said, "this election is important and i feel like i should help." i'm a little worried because this trip will be the furthest thing from glamorous and she is quite a glamor girl. i feel guilty for being the reason that she'll be resting her head in a motel rather than the four-star accommodations she's used to. but she is one of the most open-minded people i know and i hope she'll have a good time, even around us political geeks.

jewish boy genius is not caucusing for hillary, he just flew out to iowa to volunteer for hillary. so he's not a cheater, just a guy with too much money and time on his hands. i'm not sure one is better than the other.

my friend jeff has a decently high-ranking spot on hillary's campaign staff and yesterday he asked me, point-blank, who i was voting for and i didn't want to lie. so i had to tell him the truth (although, if we talked more or if he ever stopped by the blog he'd know already). i asked whether we were still friends and he said "no" and i'm still not sure whether he was serious or not. i'm kind of afraid that he was. although, it sucks to stop being friends with someone because their views skew slightly from your own. in a city council race or something more insignificant i'd absolutely vote for a candidate if i had a friend working for them. but as they say about drastic times, etc., i have to follow my gut. although he's not perfect, i believe in obama's instincts and his foresight. i believe his heart and his passion is in the right place.

i had a whole post written about christmas and totally forgot to post it. maybe i'll save it and stick it up in june/july just for kicks.

5 people who played with me:

Blogger Cousin said...

Wowsa -- as much as I think Obama is a fraud (great article in TNR about how he backstabbed the "netroots movement"), I'll still hold my nose and vote for him. I have friends who are pure red state republicans -- the only question for me is whether the person is acting on their good faith beliefs.

Whoever wins Iowa, the Dem side of the caucus system is horribly un-democratic (small "d"). No secret balloting. Service men not allowed to participate (no absentee balloting). Working a shift that runs during the caucus, or doesn't end in time for you to get their before the doors open? Too bad. And while bribes are banned, "incentives" are ok. No wonder the campaigning is all about grandparents and college kids.

1/03/2008 11:07 AM  
Blogger Peter DeWolf said...

Good for you for going to NH. I am jealous. That sounds exciting!

And I'm not even American.

But, you know that.

I can't stop typing.

1/03/2008 12:54 PM  
Blogger Cousin said...

(I should clarify: if Obama wins the Dem nomination I'll vote for him for president, unless some decent third party candidate miraculously comes along, and Mayor Bloomberg ain't him or her).

1/03/2008 1:16 PM  
Blogger Wags said...

Step one, check.

1/03/2008 11:16 PM  
Blogger The Stormin Mormon said...

Obama is the best candidate that has decided to run.

I don't care if I were related to Hillary, it's not a reason to vote for someone that isn't the best candidate for the job...

1/04/2008 3:38 AM  

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