Sunday, January 27, 2008

Nine Days and Counting

I am a registered voter. This is a job I take very seriously. I vote in the elections no one goes to--school bond overrides, city council elections, water board. I even research these things so I can vote (semi) intelligently. I grew up going to the polls with my parents. My husband and I take our kids even though they are still toddlers. Like I said, I take it seriously.

And yet, I just can't seem to get excited about the upcoming presidential primary. I guess the first problem is that there are TWENTY-FLIPPIN'-FOUR candidates on the ballot. That is for one party. The other problem is that, of those 24, I have exactly zero that I know enough about to toss my hat into his/her ring. I was able to eliminate a few since they dropped out but I think that leaves 21. Sigh.

I really don't want to wade through 21 people's stump speeches to try and figure out who most represents my views. I also don't want to just settle for popular opinion, charisma, electability or some other shmoe reason that people give as to how they picked their candidate.

Why is it that I have all this angst when so many people out there skip voting with no problem?

Maybe I'll stay in bed February 5.

Or maybe I'll be up until 3 a.m. for the next week trying to find the "one".


Skerrib said...

My goal this year is to become more educated about the candidates before I vote...sadly, I'm ignorant when it comes to the voting.

Suzanne said...

Hey, I got a fun little quiz that's supposed to help you decide which candidate you are most in line with. I email it to both of you and we'll see. Warning: the questions can be misleading, as I found out when it said I am most in line with McCain. I'm really a Huckabee supporter! Oh well.