I wrote a couple days ago how I was never that into politics but that I was going to try and be more aware of the process, etc. And while I didn’t watch the debates in NH, I didn’t totally ignore what was going on (my usual m.o.) and kept my eye on the vote Tuesday. Which leads me to my next issue. Our primary is next Tuesday. However, Michigan moved our election date up a few weeks which violated the rules of the National Democratic Party causing some of the candidates to remove their names from the ballot. There are no democratic candidates (that I’m aware of) coming to Michigan and neither Edwards or Obama will appear on the ballot. (Clinton will left her name on, but won’t even say boo to us). We are being encouraged to vote “uncommitted” if our candidate of choice does not appear, but what’s the point? Does it benefit me and the state to vote this way? Who does stand to gain from “uncommitted”?

*Edited to add: I found this in the paper today uncommitted

I’m still not sure about this. If I vote uncommitted because my candidate doesn’t appear, NOT because I’m actually uncommitted, my wishes still may not be considered. Uncommitted delegates sent to the National Convention can vote for which ever democratic candidate they choose? Hmm…I don’t know.

I’ve never been that into…

I’ve never been that into politics. I’ve never missed a general election, but I can’t honestly say that I’ve been intimately familiar with all the candidates and their various issues. The Iowa Caucus was being discussed in one of the blogs that I read regularly and it was expressed that those that were not familiar with the electoral process were “dumb”. Eh, to each his own I guess. At least people are asking questions. I was never interested in delving deeper into any one candidate because I felt at the end of the day, all of them were just telling us what they thought we wanted to hear. Dumb? maybe. I’m sure that was the thought of many people whose first time voting was in the last election, the results of which turned many people right back off of voting. This upcoming election is different. The makeup of candidates is one that has me interested in how the process will play out. Also, as part of my new determination to broaden my horizons and be more interested/ing and cultured, lol, I’m asking questions and doing my own research. Yes for the first time, but I’m doing it. So, for anyone else that didn’t know, you can find out about the caucus  here

Stepping up my game in 2008…