Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The primary of our discontent

We've heard a lot of talk this election cycle about how Democrats are excited but Republicans are feeling downcast and unhappy about their choices during the primaries. On days like today, I try to get the pulse of people here in White Pine about how they are feeling about their voting options, and for them it didn't seem to matter what their party of choice was: No one seemed happy about their candidates this Super Tuesday.

One Democrat told me that he voted early (prior to today) for Hillary Clinton. His sole reason for doing so was to block Barack Obama, who he views as completely unacceptable to him. Another gentlemen-one of those that I usually take morning coffee with down at the drugstore-didn't say who he was voting for (he is normally inclined to the Democrats), but he let it be known he wasn't a happy camper and even made light of the process.

A lady I spoke with who I normally see every day told me that she would vote, but felt like she was making a bad choice no matter who she cast her ballot for. "Just put their names in a bag and shake it up, then draw one out-it's all the same this year." She commented that this is the worst election she can remember.

One individual told me he was not going to vote in the primary at all. He said he does vote, but this year he just felt more comfortable waiting until the General Election.

Discontent, it seems, is very much bipartisan.

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At Tuesday, February 05, 2008 12:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember hat your living in White Pines, TN. White Pines is fairly conservative, whether Dem or Repub. Conservatives have good reason to be disconcerted, discontented, disconnected or whatever; in other words, bummed out.
Your sample size is too small and too homogeneus. This is also known as sample bias which leads to skewed results/conclusions.
The folks I know in Knoxville are most defnitly NOT bummed! So, you, David, "... is very much ..." WRONG.
Have a plesent tomorrow


At Tuesday, February 05, 2008 4:07:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Actually Steve, I don't think I'm wrong about the presidential race at all.

Remember, you live in Knoxville where turnout and interest is naturally higher this year because of a very unusual local series of primaries.


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