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Hey, do you live somewhere that has a primary or caucuses today? Please vote, if only because it’ll help me decide which action to take during the caucuses here. OK? Thanks! Bye.

With thanks to Matt for the image.

· comments [23] · 02-5-2008 · categories:mumbling ·

23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Josie // Feb 5, 2008 at 11:06 am

    I voted!!!

    Hillary for president, man.

  • 2 ks // Feb 5, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Go Obama! In the caucuses in WA this Saturday and in the primaries today. Everywhere.

    Also, isn’t your mind made up, as you’re using the Obama image in your VOTE message?

  • 3 Creature of Habit // Feb 5, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Voted! Hillary all the way!!!!!!

    Obama is great, but we need to hit the ground running.

    Good Luck! It’s an exciting election!

  • 4 megan // Feb 5, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    KS – I’m keeping my mind open to the idea of a little, erm, strategic voting in the WA primary election/caucuses. Also, I’m embarrassed to admit I didn’t know it was a graphic originating from Obama.

  • 5 Lindsey // Feb 5, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Thanks for the reminder- GO HILLARY!

  • 6 clumsy // Feb 5, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    I voted in NJ! Go Barack!!

  • 7 Jenny // Feb 5, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    I voted for Obama, and it was the first time in many years I felt really good about who I voted for. I hope the rest of California and the other super tuesday states VOTE OBAMA!

  • 8 nazilam // Feb 5, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    I’m voting for ernest, but he’s definitely a long shot.

    I’ll be at the caucus this weekend, its good to see the neighbors.

  • 9 ks // Feb 5, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    I’m in CA, but once lived in WA so I’m still connected enough to pass on the following information… .

    here’s the link to find WA caucus locations and get other information (including the non-counting of your primary ballot):

    also, interesting straw poll results:

  • 10 nanette // Feb 5, 2008 at 7:27 pm


  • 11 Min // Feb 5, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    I voted at our caucus, along with what may be the biggest caucus turnout EVER! People were lined up. It took forever to find a parking spot, at the gigantic HIGH SCHOOL! They ran out of registration cards, and voting ballots. We were voting on scraps of paper!
    I am speaking of the the DFL caucus, btw…I think the GOP caucus had no problems finding parking…

  • 12 Maman // Feb 5, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    I voted… and got a lovely email from Barack….

  • 13 wendee // Feb 5, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Are you going to the caucus at the school on Beacon Ave on Saturday? Van Asselt, I think (or something like that…) I want to however I have to work. Boo Hoo! Therefore my absentee ballot has been filled out and is in the mail. I had a hard time deciding. I’d be satisfied with either of the two Dem. front runners. Yet, Obama gets my vote.

  • 14 mjoe // Feb 6, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    I can’t clarify this enough.

    In WA, the primary DOES NOT COUNT. Your absentee ballot DOES NOT COUNT. Only the caucus counts. Unless you’re a Republican in which case whatever, I’m not talking to you. Eek! Omg, a McCain banner just popped up on the bottom of this page. I’m not kidding! WTF, is he spying on me already?

    That was seriously creepy. Ok, to recap, if you’re a Dem in WA, the only way you can select a delegate is to appear in person at the caucus. If, like Wendee above and many of my friends and family, you have to work or go to school, the powers that be say “tough shit, no democratic process for you!”

    I know Megan already said this, I just wanted to make it reeeeeeeally clear because it is so confusing and hardly anyone knows. Also if you know any 17 year olds, if they will be 18 in Nov, they can caucus now!

  • 15 mjoe // Feb 6, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    p.s. Obama, baby!

  • 16 megan // Feb 6, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    mjoe – Yes, but somebody who leans Democratically and cannot make the caucuses can, oh, say, vote for the weakest Republican candidate in the hope of having a slight effect on the outcome of that race.

  • 17 mjoe // Feb 7, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    I was wondering about that too, Megan. Risky proposition, because now that Mittens has dropped out, his delegates will all go to someone else anyway. Word on the street is that Huckabee already made a backroom deal to be McCain’s veep, enabling McCain to unite the R’s. They say that’s why Huckabee stayed in for Super Tuesday, so he could draw votes away from Mitt. So I just don’t know who this hypothetical person would vote for.

    The Stranger did a nice little how-to:

  • 18 megan // Feb 7, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Mjoe – Yeah, the Mitt news change that tactic. (Just for posterity, Mitt Romney dropped out of the race between my last comment above and this one.) With that, I’ll be going to my caucus. If anybody is unable to go, feel free to influence me between now and Saturday, I’m undecided between Clinton and Obama.

  • 19 mjoe // Feb 7, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Ok, you asked for it. I’ve been bombarding everyone in real life, so here you go.

    Clinton and Obama’s policies are not terribly different. If we lived in a world where politicians told the transparent truth about their policies and then were always able to do exactly what they said, I might vote for Clinton. This is not that world.

    Like they say, Obama is a uniter. Clinton is polarizing. The Republican party is already healing old wounds and banding together in their abject hatred of Clinton. Independents and moderate Repubs who are drawn to Obama will run screaming from Clinton as fast as they can. Not only can Obama win the general, he can GET THINGS DONE in office in ways that she never can. Will he get everything done that he said, or that we want? Of course not. Will he get more done, more productively, more efficiently, and more democratically, than she could? I really believe he will.

    A lot has been said about how he is all about “hope” and not substance. What is so terrible about being inspired? I’ve never been inspired by a politician before. I’m not naive, I know he’s not the messiah, but for once to hear a politican speak and really want to believe – that’s a good thing, right? Look at the movement that’s sprung up around him, and imagine how that could translate into a culture of public commitment in his administration. Imagine – and this is big for me – how our image will change around the world.

    If you feel strongly about getting out of this war, he has the better plan and the stronger credibility. To this day, she won’t admit she made a mistake in voting for the war. Why? Even then, with all the lies about WMDs, he knew it was wrong. Why?

    If you feel strongly about health care, who’s going to get it done? Honestly, I like her plan better. But how on earth is she going to keep the insurnace companies and Repubs from squashing her plan? No one has been able to explain that to me. Obama’s plan is not quite as good. But I think he can get it done. That’s the one I want, the one that actually happens.

    Clinton wants us to think back fondly on her husband’s presidency and give her credit. I remember NAFTA, welfare deform, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the Defense of Marriage Act, and the political climate that gave Rush and Newt their power and paved the way for Bush II. What was I supposed to feel nostalgic for, exactly?

    If you’re worried about betraying your gender, I like this article:

    If you’re worried about his experience, I like both of this article:

    And what does it say that she had to loan her own campaign $5 mill while he’s pulled in $7 mill since Super Tues?

    You’ve probably heard by now, he’s speaking at Key Arena on Fri, doors open 11am. See for yourself.

  • 20 Kim // Feb 7, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    I agree with mjoe. I think Obama can unite this country in way that Hillary cannot. My dad, a longtime Republican, LOVES Obama and would likely vote for him in the fall, even though he also likes McCain.

    If you have a chance to see Obama speak in person, I’d definitely recommend it. I saw him speak on Monday on Hartford, and it was a very moving and inspirational experience.

  • 21 megan // Feb 7, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Kim and Mjoe – I’m left completely cold by speeches and rhetoric of all kinds. Catholic upbringing = in mass at least twice a week = no speech, no matter how great, can make me believe the words. It’s not a stubbornly held tenet of mine, but I discover that speeches simply don’t move me. So, I’m not so swayed when I’m told he can inspire people when he speaks. I must be a campaigners nightmare.

    But, the idea that Obama could be liked by people leaning Republican is making me pay attention.

    I think I agree with the assertion that Clinton has too many Republicans biased against her to be able to get much of substance done. This greatly depresses me, and I think if I caucus for Obama this will be the deciding factor.

  • 22 JvA // Feb 7, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    What about voting for YOU in the Metroblogging Seattle race? I just did!

  • 23 megan // Feb 7, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    JvA – Thanks! I voted for you!

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