Like a good American citizen, I went this morning and voted in the primary election. Also like a good American, I did my part to infiltrate and influence the other side. I am what you might call an unmotivated Republican voter. That is, most years I enthusiastically support the Republican candidate, but since I am no longer all that interested in politics, I only casually support them. Of course, my vote still counts the same regardless of the passion with which it was cast.
Texas is one of those states wherin you are not required to register with one party or the other. That means you are allowed to vote in either party's primary. This is where my little act of subterfuge comes in. For the first time in my voting life, I voted for a Democratic candidate. Specifically, I voted for Hillary Clinton.
John McCain has the Republican nomination locked up, so there really was no sense in voting for him. My goal now is to ensure that McCain faces a candidate that he can beat. And that candidate is Hillary. Besides that, as I have said before, Obama is an empty suit and would be a terrible president.
I felt like a secret agent of the OSS being parachuted behind enemy lines to blow up railroad lines and steal maps. In a very real sense, that's what it was. You see, Lubbock is the conservative capital of the US. Bar none. I could clearly see that by the time I had voted (at 7:52am) that the Republicans had filled up at least three pages, while the Democrats managed just half of one page. And the scar on my temple made it all seem that much more dangerous. I was really afraid someone I knew would see me voting in the Democratic primary and blacklist me. I called my dad and told him he should do the same thing. He said he would, but only if he could wear his George W. Bush t-shirt I gave him some time ago.
I'll be interested to see how it turns out. What are your opinions on what I did?