I actually voted for Mike Huckabee as part of "protest" vote against Sen. John McCain in Northern Virginia this Tuesday morning, February 12th, but I am a registered Democrat myself since 1984. I do vote independently without tying myself to any political party affilation.
I had a hard time to decide between Obama and Hillary over the past weekend. I was overly disappointed in the Obama and Hillary campaign people for not captioning their campaign videos and "You, Tube' postings.
I was definitely struggled what I should vote for. I decided to throw my vote for Mike Huckabee which I was very appalled with Senator John McCain for his "do-nothing" Gallaudet Board of Trustees role. Why Sen. John McCain agreed to the appointment of Gally board member in the first place by attending no meetings or met with anyone within the Gally community last two years ago.
I took the advantage of Virginia's "Open Primary" status without restricting myself to the Democratic Party ballot. So I voted for Mike Huckabee to shove the dried corn cob into John McCain's rectum and force the GOP to split itself this summer to pave the way for the Democratic victory.
I personally root for Mike Bloomberg, the current NYC mayor to be the next President of the United States (POTUS), but he is not officially run for the national ticket yet. With the GOP likely nomination of John McCain. Bloomberg would be not likely to run at all. He rather run as an alternative to the political ideological rifts between the Democratic and Republican Party.
Did you know that Ralph Nader recently filed the presidential campaign package with the Federal Election Commission (FEC)? Will Nader be the 2008 spoiler again? Who knows?
I always voted for the loser anyway from Sen. George McGovern in the mock 1972 elementary student election as a third grader. I also rooted for Rep. Morris Udall of Arizona against Jimmy Carter at the 1976 Democratic Convention. I voted for Jimmy Carter anyway in 1976 and 1980. I voted for Walter Mondale in 1984. I voted for Mike Dukakis in 1988. I voted for H. Perot Ross in 1992. I did not vote for Clinton in 1996. I voted for Ralph Nader as a part of protest vote against Al Gore in the 2000 election. I voted for John Kerry *gulp*
I surely missed working as a poll worker in the Thomas/Logan Circle (Northwest DC) area where I used to live before. That was kinda fun to observe and learn about how the GLBT adults vote. $150 for the whole day of work wasn't really bad at the polling place. Many gay males came up to me - "Hey, you really made my day at the polling place" which I was very fast at indexing registered voters and let them vote without wasting their time in the line. I learned their own secrets from whom they casted their ballots.
I was more likely leaned toward Hillary Clinton in despite of my personal loathes with the "status quo" and the establishment status, but had to face the reality how life really works.
Many people compared to Obama to JFK. From the perspective of many historians and myself as a historian, JFK's presidency was a major failure with too many legislations passed unsuccessfully. The real difference between eloquent speeches and inspirational speeches and political mechanisms to get things done. Obama submitted 129 national legislative bills. Only nine out of 129 bills only passed. Obama skipped too much on his Senate voting duties which he only made 20 percent of showing up to cast his Senate votes. Why Obama accepted to be the U.S. Senator representing the state of IL in the first place? Senator Robert C. Byrd of WV was absolutely right by telling Obama that was not his time to run for the POTUS in 2008.
I had problems with the idea of Hillary Clinton as the next POTUS due to her past failures from the health care incentives to endless personal grudges against anyone. Hillary definitely know the ways around the White House on the very first day from every nooks and corners.
I was once an idealistic person myself, but many deaf elders would not take me seriously or accompany new concept of bold and active and result-oriented leadership. People in general, want their backs to be stratched and expected something in return.
All presidential politics are really the "pony and dog" shows anyway. Our country could survive the next POTUS anyway. Yea, we have to clean up Dubya (George W. Bush)'s real mess for more than 50 to 100 years due to the monstrous budget deficit.
Do you know why GWB and his cronies purposefully run up the trillion-dollar budget deficit? They will get the payoffs from the banking industry to show the real appreciation for running up loans with hefty interest rates. The Bushes and Cheneys will reap from years of living very well above the standard presidential retirement. How shame!
Robert L. Mason (RLM)