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I Feel So Enfranchised!

The U.S. electorate is a strange beast; as a body, they seem to think they're voting for an all-powerful king every four years, and that the rest doesn't much matter. As such, this not being a New King year, there were no lines at the polling office. On the other hand, we did get to meet the candidate we voted for (Jeff Barnett, D), standing around shivering in his Air Force leather jacket and looking for somebody, anybody, to shake hands with. When laurie_robey told him we'd voted for him, he was so happy he gave her a big hug. (Or he might have been trying to get some warmth, hard to tell.)

His opponent, Frank Wolf (R) is the current officeholder, and in previous elections we've voted for him because the other candidates were either moonbats, nonexistent, or otherwise unsuitable. Wolf, a fairly moderate Republican, has been a decent enough representative, so it's not like we wanted to "throw the bum out." But he did vote with The Little Emperor on several issues that I would have really liked him to say "no" on instead.

Platform-wise, Barnett and Wolf are almost identical, which amuses me; but Barnett impressed me with his stand on "don't ask, don't tell," which he argued had to go because it creates a toxic environment. I liked his straightforward approach of "Dude, I served with plenty of homosexuals; it was never a problem except when screwed-up policies made it one. Let's cut out all this crap, shall we?"

So, we'll see how it goes. The rest of the ballot this time was (nonpartisan) procedural stuff, plus one bond referendum. I always vote "no" on bonds, and they always pass anyway, so it's a tradition!

-The Gneech

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huskyteer
Nov. 2nd, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
> Frank Wolf (R)

At first I thought his name was a registered trade mark. Then I worked it out :)
the_gneech
Nov. 2nd, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
I hear he's going to legally change his name to "The Representative Formerly Known as Wolf" to get out of a record contract. *nods somberly*

-The Gneech
ziabandito555
Nov. 2nd, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
I would so support this on just general humor ^.^
stilghar
Nov. 2nd, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
"...the other candidates were either moonbats..."

Can you perchance recall the battiest?
the_gneech
Nov. 2nd, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
No, there have been so many. Most were just super-enthused about their own go-nowhere pet project ("RAILROADS FOR EVERYONE are the key to Virginia's future!"), although a few were just obvious loons of the "Enforce Clean Underwear Act" variety.

-TG
stilghar
Nov. 2nd, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
Ahh.

The ones I hear about most often are the rabid Christian-Taliban wanna-bes.

The milder, less virulent (and less scary) types get less attention from the newsies, I suppose.
the_gneech
Nov. 2nd, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
We get those too, but not as often here as in other parts of the state. We're right outside D.C., so the population here is too diversified for them to get much traction.

-TG
ext_307068
Nov. 2nd, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Wolf a moderate?
Hi,

I've followed Wolf for years and have never understood why people consider him to be a moderate. Can you elaborate?
the_gneech
Nov. 2nd, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Wolf a moderate?
Remember, this is Virginia, where "moderate" is defined as "not actually a member of the KKK". ;P But in the case of Frank Wolf specifically, it has more to do with things like his stance on alternative energy and such that put him in the moderate camp.

Wolf has been criticized as being a "follow the leader" type, which I think is a fair cop. On the other hand, that also tends to keep him leaning fairly towards the middle as long as the extreme wing doesn't get control.

Wolf is also on a personal level a calm and generally positive guy who tries to avoid letting things get ugly, and that wins points in my book, particularly when so many of his colleagues are trying to whip up mobs with torches and pitchforks. Civilized discourse is a thing to be valued in and of itself, even if there is disagreement in the conclusions at the end of the day.

I haven't seen it, but I'm told he got frothy recently trying to hold on to people in his base when a more extreme challenger came along. If so, that's certainly a sad state of affairs, but all the more reason to vote against him.

-The Gneech
ext_307068
Nov. 2nd, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Wolf a moderate?
Hi the_gneech,

This is why I don't consider Wolf to be a moderate

http://www.faithforournation.com/2010/08/22/mosque-at-ground-zero-inappropriate-says-congressman-frank-wolf-super-bowl-mvp-mark-moseley-and-pastor-jay/

When he's in his element, he gets pretty kooky.
the_gneech
Nov. 2nd, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Wolf a moderate?
Well, I voted for Barnett this time around in any case. :)

-TG
ziabandito555
Nov. 2nd, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you for voting!!! *cookie!*
the_gneech
Nov. 2nd, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! *nom*

-TG
ziabandito555
Nov. 2nd, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Celebration! *tea*
hantamouse
Nov. 3rd, 2010 02:05 am (UTC)
I didn't get to vote no on any bonds, but at least I did get to vote no on an incumbent, so that makes up for it.
rowyn
Nov. 4th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
That's a sweet story. Looks like Wolf was too popular as an incumbent for Barnett to have much of a chance. Not a good year for Democrats. :/
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