Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Primary Day

It's primary day here in Michigan and I have no idea who I'm going to vote for. Normally I'd vote democratic, but a fair number of democrats aren't on the ticket here (they decided to protest Michigan changing it's primary date by staying out of the state - sounds fairly dumb to me, but they didn't ask me.). And since the democrats are likely to chose someone fairly un-electable (as much as I would LOVE to see a woman or black president I just don't think the bulk of America is going to go for that), I thought I might look at the republicans, but then that scares the heck out of me.

Even if voting republican didn't scare me, their candidates would. Really there's just no way I can vote for someone named "Mitt", I thought well maybe it's short for something, like Mitchel - nope. In fact it's his middle name, so he actively chose to be called Mitt - which makes me even more afraid. Then there's Huckabee, Chuck Norris or not - I just can't go there. Maybe Giuliani?

The good new is that I have found the answer - it's a Candidate Matchmaker! It matched me up with who I figured I'd vote for, but it was still fun. And maybe it'll help all you fence sitters out there.

The bigger problem I have is the primary itself - the system sucks. The political season is getting longer and longer as states move their primary date earlier to be more a part of the decision making process. Pretty soon we're going to begin the primaries right after the Presidential elections are held - four years of campaigning - sweet!

I have a couple of ideas on how to solve the primary problem:
1. Go smallest to largest - makes the little guys feel important and the big guys still hold the power (and you could do it by electoral votes or by geographical size, though Alaska and Montana might goof that up).
2. Go in alphabetical order - it works in High School and since that's about the level of emotional maturity we've got, well...
3. Go by date admitted into the Union - also insanely fair, first in, first to vote! Though it would sort of suck to be Alaska and Hawaii.

I guess that's the list for now, but I'll keep working on it - I'll just sit here, finding ways to make America a better place to vote.

Current Music: The Suggestion Box - Aqueduct


kimmyk said...

number 2 cracked me up!

Scoobers said...

I used the Candidate Matchmaker and Obama was my match, yet I'm still very undecided as well.

Alpha order doesn't sound like a bad idea. States could also draw numbers out of a hat each election. It's random. It's fair. And totally unbiased!


for a different kind of girl said...

I did this candidate match up awhile back when all the candidates had taken up residence in my state. I figured the pollsters calling my house every night would appreciate me no longer telling them "I don't know, ok, please, I just. don't. know!"

But I got matched up with a candidate I'm pretty sure I'd not vote for for even student body president!

In the end, though, I really still don't know!

Anonymous said...

i liked number 2 too! hope you are having a good one, Mandy Lou!!

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