After a week or so of consideration, I finally made my decision on a presidential primary vote for today in New Jersey. Since I am a registered Independent, I was required first to decide which party I wanted to choose. This was pretty much a no-brainer, since all that is left on the Republican side are ultra right wing religious conservatives and John McCain. Since I am afraid that Johnny Mac has aliens living in his cheeks from the Roswell landing, I went with the Democrats.
The Democrats have done their usual good job of eliminating all well-qualified candidates for president before I get a chance to vote for the, I was supporting Bill Richardson, but since no one knew who he was let alone that he was running for president, he dropped out before 90% of the nation had a chance to vote for him.
So basically it came down to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Some guy named Kucinich is allegedly running, but apparently his only support is based on that fact that his wife is hot.
In the end I voted for experience over enthusiasm, thoughtful over slick, traditional Democrat over neo-populist. I pushed the Hillary Button and watched her name glow green for a moment. Then I headed to work.
I'm not happy with my choice. But it's the best one I had left. I'd rather we had a national primary that de-emphasized local beauty contests and eliminated jockeying for dates, but that isn't happening soon. I'd also rather the Democrats nominate someone who can win, but it's not looking good on that front either.