A Pennsylvania Dem in a Rep's Court

I've said, "Good Morning," to Friday with some big news {well, relatively big news to some} - Husband begged on his hands and knees asked me to attend a political rally with him on Monday night in Youngstown, Ohio. A Republican rally, mind you.  He cited the fact that these are truly historical events, and that he's never gotten to attend a rally before.  Insert sad puppy-dog face.  Of course, he prefaced all of this with, "I know you'll probably say no, but I wanted to ask anyway."  What's a good wife supposed to say to that?
I conceded.
{Only after he promised to buy me dinner first.}

With that being said, I have a lot to think about this weekend prior to the rally.
 1. What am I going to wear?  If I show up wearing my team's colors {BLUE}, I'll surely be mobbed. Maybe compromise with a purple cardigan?
2. Where should we eat dinner?  This is certainly the most important question to cogitate.

If you can't read between the lines, I'll shout it out to you - Our house is a divided house on many issues, which directly relates to the political candidates we choose.  Case in point: our views on health care delivery in this country.  Paul Ryan's ticket will not be getting my vote, but I do want to hear what he has to say.

I jokingly said to Husband that if I were pulled out of the crowd to ask Mr. Ryan a question, I'd just remark at how happy I was that my husband let me out of the house and I didn't have to rush home to cook dinner for my family.  Burn.

In all honesty, I do want to attend the rally to hear from this Vice Presidential candidate. It's especially exciting because we're attending a rally in a true swing state, Ohio.  I've only been to one other rally {in Durant, Oklahoma}, for VP hopeful John Edwards, during my senior year of high school.  I'm not going to lie - I was dazzled as an eighteen-year-old girl by his attractive smile and the prospect of shaking his hand. His speech inspired, and I was ready to go cast my vote.  Too bad that backfired, and maybe this is karma.  I won't say that Paul Ryan's speech will instill the same feelings {even though he reportedly has spent many hours with Tony Horton}, but I think it'll be interesting to sidle my views up to his answers for comparison.
If anything, I hope this post makes you laugh go cast your vote.  This election will be close, so every vote {Republican or Democratic} counts!


  1. I volunteered at the Republican National Convention when I was 16 and it was in Philadelphia, despite being a very liberal Democrat. Sometimes, these historical events are interesting to observe, and even be a part of. It's easiest when you're not really invested in the outcome (such as a 16 year old, before she realizes she's a noisy feminist, and before she's allowed to vote).

    Oh, and a small point...this election probably will not be all that close. Unless, of course, there's unforeseen circumstances such as vote tampering, etc. Most of the statistical predictors (which are finally incorporating/weighting cell phone polls) point to Obama with overwhelming odds. Granted, fivethirtyeight's ~67% odds still leaves room for a Romney win, but Sam Wang's odds were somewhere near 98% for Obama...If you think about it, it's in both parties' best interest (as well as
    the media's) to perpetuate this belief that it's anyone's election.

  2. Actually, Nate Silver's odds are now at 90.9%: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/

  3. Thanks for weighing in, Iris. The rally was a bit of a bust {for both political and non-political reasons}, but I'm very glad I went.
    For PA, I thought the race would be a lot closer - I know many Republicans who share their thoughts loudly and often. This comment wasn't based on polls/stats/etc., but my own ears.
    The media will ALWAYS paint the 'it's anybody's game!' point of view to ensure there's discussion/trainwreck issues/report-able stats and keep their jobs secure. :) Take it from someone who spent her undergrad writing about issues related to mass communications in America.
    I do wish that the 'getting over it' time was shorter though. If a person's candidate wasn't elected, move on!


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