Yesterday, I went to the polls here in Texas. I gave myself twenty minutes to vote, twice as much time as it usually takes at the local early voting location. Almost an hour later, I finally cast my ballot.
The Republican and Democratic voters all waited in the same line but you could tell who was who based on which of the two sample ballots people were studying and debating amongst themselves (â€œWho are we supposed to support for county commissioner?â€). All but a handful of voters appeared to be Democrats, not surprising given the excitement of the presidential race but I didnâ€™t even know my highly Republican area even had that many Democrats.
I contemplated doing what other independents have done and voting in the Democratic primary for Barack Obama, not because Iâ€™m in love with his policies but because I really, really think the country would be better off without the Clintons back in the White House. Of course, all my friends and family are already going for Obama and I figured someone needed to make sure John McCain wasnâ€™t embarrassed in Texas. So, for the first time in my life (and this will surprise those of you who donâ€™t yet know me well) I voted in the Republican primary.
My local polling place didnâ€™t give many clues as to which Democrat will win Texas. But I can report that even here in this deep-red San Antonio neighborhood, the Democrats are energized. Most everyone seemed excited to be waiting an hour, as if they were handing out 100 dollar bills at the end of the line. If this tiny sampling is at all indicative of the level of mobilization throughout the nation, McCain is going to have a tough road this November.