Yesterday was an interesting day in Texas. Anyone tracking the presidential primaries knows that Texas held both the Republican Primary and the wacky Democratic "Texas Two-Step" - a primary AND a caucus.
Angie and I voted in the Republican Primary for precinct 2501 in Dallas County. My vote was a bit of a protest vote. I voted for Mike Huckabee, even though we all knew that he was mathematically out of the race. The kids think that is a wasted vote. I disagree and here's why...
My vote for Huckabee was a message to John McCain that I disagree with his more liberal past voting record and any position that he holds that is to the left of Conservative. Now don't get me wrong. I LIKE the fact that McCain isn't just some Bush Jr. Jr. - no matter how much the Dems try to convince us that a vote for McCain is a vote for the continuation of Bush's failed policies. I don't believe that any more than I believe that a vote for Hillary is a vote for Bill.
The fact of the matter is that McCain's leftist leanings may be exactly what the country needs right now, and more importantly - he may be the ONLY KIND OF REPUBLICAN THAT CAN WIN A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION THIS YEAR. A more conservative candidate (like Huckabee) might be more to my liking, but also less electable because of the perception that a conservative Republican is like Bush.
Either way, this is going to be a very interesting summer. Not only will either of the Democratic candidates make history (first African-American or the first woman), but there are obviously very important issues to be debated.
All of which should help motivate people to vote and get involved in the electoral process. I know I'm gearing up. No matter what you do - go out and vote!