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Don’t Call Me, I Won’t Call You.

Posted by Sue on January 2, 2008 in Polling, Random Thoughts, Rants |

Ah, yes. 2008 Has started with a fizzle. Emily came out on New Year's Eve after moving and we watched the third season of "Lost" on DVD. Well, most of it. We watched a lot of it yesterday and some last night and we've got about four more episodes left. With luck, we'll finish next weekend sometime. Hubs made it until about 11:15. I think that could be considered a new personal record for him.

Two calls came in on New Years' Day from political campaigns. No "live" people, just recordings. How irritating. Someone rang the doorbell on Sunday, too, but didn't get to the door in time and found Obama material stuck in the door, so figured it was a good thing I missed it. I heard John Edwards was going on some 32 or 36 hour campaign thing where he was going to come up with a new idea every hour as well as be making house calls and phone calls all. Night. Long. Seriously… if some candidate called me at 3 a.m. would I WANT to vote for them? Hell no.

I'm just getting really, really fed up. So… I'm going to share the irritation with you! (I can hear you cheering already in anticipation!)

With the caucus coming tomorrow, I'm conducting a poll. I will not be selling your answers to anyone, nor will I call you and try to change your mind. I really want to know. If you don't feel comfortable outing yourself in comments, send me an email  – sesnyde at gmail dot com. All questions are optional.

  1. Are you a registered voter?
  2. Do you vote strictly down the party lines you are registered for? 
  3. Will you be voting this election? 
  4. Do you know who you're voting for?
  5. Who are you voting for?
  6. Why are you voting for that person?
  7. Why should I vote for that person? (Give it your best shot)
  8. Is there any candidate that I should run like hell from? (You know, if you don't feel strongly for someone but maybe just really strongly against someone else, then here is your chance…)

Of course, those of you who live outside the U.S. are welcome to pop in and say "hi", but your vote will not be counted.

26 Comments

  • Al says:

    I am a registered voter with Democratic leanings. I will probably back Obama if he makes it to the election. Besides Hillary has already been President once. I’d vote for him because he will create the greatest stir in Politics, and given the present group of miscreants and criminals, it needs some stirring.

  • I guess I am lucky. I don’t have a land line, so they don’t call me. They don’t come by either. Maybe because I am known as the crabby lady in the neighborhood.

    Are you a registered voter?

    –Yes

    Do you vote strictly down the party lines you are registered for?

    –No

    Will you be voting this election?

    –Which one? The primaries, or the November elections? Probably both, but def November.

    Do you know who you’re voting for?

    –Not in the primaries, which makes a difference for Nov as well.

    Who are you voting for?

    –Not sure yet. I used to be wholly against Hillary, but I need to research their platforms more. Will know more after the primaries.

    Why are you voting for that person?

    –The dems better get their shit together and come up with a healthcare solution and an education solution pronto.

    Why should I vote for that person? (Give it your best shot)

    –Read above

    Is there any candidate that I should run like hell from? (You know, if you don’t feel strongly for someone but maybe just really strongly against someone else, then here is your chance…)

    –I don’t know enough yet about each of the candidates. Again, depends on who comes out in the primaries. If Hillary also comes out (no pun intended), for me, it’s important who her VP candidate will be, since you know damned well she is going to have at least one assassination attempt on her.

  • Andie says:

    Happy New Year, Sue! I hope it brings you lots of joy and happiness. 😀

  • PlazaJen says:

    Yes, I am a registered voter.
    I :tend: to vote down party lines.
    I will vote in the upcoming election(s) – primary and national elections.
    I do not know who I will be voting for, though I will say I am not considering anyone on the Republican ticket. Speaking of party lines, frankly, I’ll vote for the candidate that I think stands the best chance of winning. I used to think this would not include Hillary, but the momentum and progress she’s made has caused me to reconsider.

    If I were going to just wildly pick someone to support, regardless of their ability to win, it’d probably be Dennis Kucinik. He’s the only candidate I’ve heard who’s taken a hard-nosed stance against medical insurance companies, saying they are in the business of money, not healthcare, and is championing a form of socialized medicine (for lack of a better phrase) that I think our country desperately needs.

    The only thing I’m sure of? I’m sure a lot of things will change in the next 10 months. 🙂

  • Nat says:

    I really need to read up on the electoral process “down there”. (Sounds dirty doesn’t it?)

    Anyway… Happy New Year and all that stuff.

  • katie says:

    1. yes
    2.yes
    3.yes
    4.no
    5. a republican male
    6. i have a strong distrust in democrat politicians
    7.cuz they’re not hilary clinton, ’nuff said. 🙂
    8.Hilary Clinton

    eesh! nobody hate! just my honest feelings, since you asked, Sue! 🙂 Hope you have had a great day!!!

  • Ano Nymious says:

    Are you a registered voter?

    Yes.

    Do you vote strictly down the party lines you are registered for?

    No.

    Will you be voting this election?

    Yes.

    Do you know who you’re voting for?

    If Joe Biden is still in the running, yes.

    Who are you voting for?

    See above.

    Why are you voting for that person?

    In a race dominated by personality cults and celebrity, and to a slightly lesser extent, polling data, I honestly think Joe’s the best person to sit in the oval office.

    Why should I vote for that person? (Give it your best shot)

    Experience, experience, experience. In any “real” race, he’d be the perfect candidate. I think he must sit around wondering who he has to marry to be taken seriously.

    Is there any candidate that I should run like hell from? (You know, if you don’t feel strongly for someone but maybe just really strongly against someone else, then here is your chance…)

    Hillary–fake, fake fake
    Obama–not ready. Not even remotely
    Rudy–tempermental, arrogant and untrustworthy
    Thompson–not really interested in the job
    Huckabee–I don’t want a theocracy, and neither should you
    Romney–Wait, I’m for him. No, I’m against him. OMYGAWD I’m just LIKE him!

  • T.J. says:

    I am currently NOT registered to vote. I know that makes me sound unpatriotic, but oh well. The way I see it, until they do away with the electoral college and actually base the winners on the actual popular vote, then my one vote really doesn’t count.

    As far as who to vote for, it really matters very little. If you look at Presidential history, it’s usually pretty much ‘meet the new boss, same as the old boss,’ to quote The Who. A President gets 4, or if they’re good/lucky, 8 years.

    That’s not enough to do anything. Add to that the fact that a President can’t propose legislation, and they become even more irrelevant. All the Pres gets to do is dictate foreign policy. Wheee.

    Oh, and while I don’t live in Iowa, I can feel your political pain. I live in a state capital, so we go through the ‘vote for me’ crap every 2 years or so.

    It rots.

    T.

  • Karen says:

    I emailed you my opinions.

    Hope you have a great ’08.

  • Cake Lady says:

    Are you a registered voter?
    *** Yes I am

    Do you vote strictly down the party lines you are registered for?
    *** This year I will, but in the past I did vote for Ross Perot

    Will you be voting this election?
    *** Yep

    Do you know who you’re voting for?
    *** Not entirely but leaning toward Rudolph Giuliani

    Who are you voting for?
    *** I have not made up my mind

    Is there any candidate that I should run like hell from? (You know, if you don’t feel strongly for someone but maybe just really strongly against someone else, then here is your chance…)
    *** Barack Hussein Obama

  • Jan says:

    Are you a registered voter? Yes
    Do you vote strictly down the party lines you are registered for? No
    Will you be voting this election? Maybe
    Do you know who you’re voting for? Not yet
    Who are you voting for?
    Why are you voting for that person?
    Why should I vote for that person? (Give it your best shot)
    Is there any candidate that I should run like hell from? (You know, if you don’t feel strongly for someone but maybe just really strongly against someone else, then here is your chance…) Hillary, Hillary, Hillay…that laugh is evil, and it’s about the only thing about her that is not fake! To tell the truth, there is not a single candidate of either party that I feel comfortable voting for, for one reason or another. I think there is way too much hypocrisy, and I think that they all say whatever it takes to get elected, knowing all the while that they cannot, or will not, keep all the promises.

  • Briony says:

    Voting in the US seems very full on compared to here in Australia where it’s compulsory. We just had our Federal election recently and the government got overturned – blind freddy could see it coming though. The guy everyone voted in was caught on TV recently picking his ear and eating it. ‘God help us’ I say!! LOL

  • Hope you’re having a great ’08!

    Just screen those political calls, and don’t anwer the door!

    (I shouldn’t recommend this, of course: I’m a professor of political science!)

  • Oops! A professor who can’t spell!

    Have a great night!

  • Lisa says:

    Yes, I am a registered voter. Democrat. Usually vote based on party lines. If I thought a liberal, left-wing candidate could win, they’d get my vote. But. As I want my vote to count, I usually vote Democrat. Will be voting for Hilary. I think she is smart, has good sense, good experience. I think it is time for some estrogen to be in charge of this country 😉

  • Fantastagirl says:

    1. Are you a registered voter? – Yes

    2. Do you vote strictly down the party lines you are registered for? – NO

    3. Will you be voting this election? – I’m not going to caucus – but I will vote in November

    4. Do you know who you’re voting for? – Not yet

    5. Who are you voting for? – I’m not sure

    6. Why are you voting for that person? – see above

    7. Why should I vote for that person? (Give it your best shot) – see above

    8. Is there any candidate that I should run like hell from? – Hillary – if she gets in we will have had the same two families running our country for at least 24 years … that is very scary.

  • Amy says:

    I vote Democratic. My vote is going to Hillary.

  • cmk says:

    I always vote in November–the ‘non-important’ elections are kind of hit-and-miss with me. (I don’t always vote in our city elections–nothing ever changes because the same people are ALWAYS voted in.) Right now I don’t have a clue as to who I will be voting for. I definitely know who will NEVER get my vote: Hillary and Barack. They both scare the hell out of me.

  • Carrie says:

    Happy New year!!! I know i’m late to this. I’ve been avoiding it all.

    As for the candidates, since I don’t vote there, all I wanna know is which one is sleeping with one his/her aides ….. besides Edwards I mean.

  • Jody says:

    Well, you read my blog so you know who I’m voting for. In fact, his campaign just called and I will be speaking at our caucus tonight. 🙂

  • Whit says:

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Yes
    4. Assuming they make the ballot, yes.
    5. Obama
    6. I like his vision.
    7. He’s not a republican and he’s not Hilary.
    8. Anyone riding an elephant.

  • Becky says:

    That would be difficult living in your state. Personally, I think it’s ridiculous how much attention is given to the first round of primaries — as if the rest of the country doesn’t even count. I think they should hold them all on the same day, just like the general election so we can actually vote for who we want instead of who’s left. Just my two cents.

    Here are my answers:

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Yes — I’ve always voted
    4. No — I don’t know who will be left by the time I get to vote
    5. Not sure, but not Hilary
    6. For #5 and why not, I don’t think she’s developed her own political identity and she bugs me (not b/c she’s a woman)
    7. Can’t help you there…
    8. Haha — I think I just answered that one:)

  • mrs mogul says:

    I am a registered voter. I will tell you who I AM NOT voting for…OBAMA! I think he needs to eat spinach.

  • DNR says:

    1. Are you a registered voter?
    Yes
    2. Do you vote strictly down the party lines you are registered for?
    No
    3. Will you be voting this election?
    Yes
    4. Do you know who you’re voting for?
    No
    5. Who are you voting for?
    See #4
    6. Why are you voting for that person?
    See #4
    7. Why should I vote for that person? (Give it your best shot)

    8. Is there any candidate that I should run like hell from? (You know, if you don’t feel strongly for someone but maybe just really strongly against someone else, then here is your chance…)
    Hillary and Obama – Experience, experience experience…
    They both lack anything near running a fruit stand little lone a country.

    Saw this the other day, kinda sums up the ‘run from Hillary / Obama’ opinion:

    The Green Bay Packers delivered a shocking announcement today. Their starting quarterback this Sunday will be Mrs. Brett Favre, who will play for Brett during the first quarter. Fans in Green Bay were shocked when this announcement was made, but Mrs. Favre assured the fans that, “Hey, I know this game. I live with Brett. I have taken several road trips on the team plane. I’ve gone to the pre-game meal. I know a lot of the Packers. I’ve played around with a lot of the Packers in the back yard. I’ve tossed the football with them, and I know what a slot right 60-Prevent-Slot-Hook-And-Go is and I know how to avoid a corner blitz.” So they polled the people in Green Bay , 50% of Packers fans are excited, motivated, looking forward to the big game.

    All right, you think that’s ridiculous? Let me reread this. In a shocking announcement today, Mrs. Hillary Clinton announced that she is running for president of the United States because she knows Bill Clinton and has lived with him, and she was there on a lot of trips to China and around the world, and she really cared about kids for 35 years. She’s fought and she stood up for kids, and she’ s tried to fix health care, and she knows fifty percent of the American people say, “That’s good enough for us.”
    I’m not 100% sure on the times but I think neither as more that 4 years of Senate experience. No mayor, governor or congress experience.

    Sorry such a long comment…

  • I also had a Lost marathon over the new year thanks to getting season 3 for Christmas. Reminded me how good Lost is. Is it January 31st yet?

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