The Potomac Primaries


Like some of these folks mentioned on Washington Metroblogging, I am a registered Independent — so I didn’t get to take part in the voting activity that took place today in DC’s closed primary. If I had had to make a choice today, it would have been very tough — and I probably would have written in Chuck Hagel.
Both candidates still perplex me and haven’t met my bar for support. So much of the commentary about them is devoid of detail and any serious discussion of policy differences that I feel compelled to get back at strengths and weaknesses in their issue portfolios later.
But now — Virginia is about to close its polls.
CNN projects that Obama will win Virginia. Congrats to him, but that was also expected.
The interesting news at the moment though is that Huckabee and McCain are too close to call — at least in the opening salvo of exit poll scrimmaging.
DC and Maryland polls close in one hour.
— Steve Clemons


5 comments on “The Potomac Primaries

  1. Steve Clemons says:

    I agree with you Linda — MI and FL — need to be bound by the rules as dictated. Tilting their support after the fact is a real problem. Steve Clemons


  2. Linda says:

    Super delegates may be a bad idea, but one doesn’t change the rules in the middle of the game–just as FL and MI Democratic Party knew when they defied the party rules that they would lose their delegates. Anyhow the super delegates are not going to go against the voters. All this ultimately is good for the party as people are being energized.


  3. Jason says:

    Steve, post suggestion for you: what are the top five top unanswered questions that you have about Obama and Clinton?
    It took me a few weeks of watching videos of the candidates speaking to decide, but I’m comfortable with my decision now that I made it. I respect how you think though, and would like to know more about what is giving you trouble about choosing one of the candidates.
    For the record, your ambivalence about the candidates is marked in your writing about them, in spite of some commenters calling you a shill for [fill in the candidate]


  4. Kathleen says:

    Go Green young man, go Green! If you’re going to compare curricculum vitae, Ralph Nader wins the day.
    I think the two party system needs a coup de grace.


  5. CTown says:

    Just ventured out w/ the dog a few moments ago, and walked past the local polling place here… the parking lot was mostly empty. I think the icy weather here on the Eastern Shore is going to put a damper on much more voting in the next hour locally.


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