February 19, 2008
I Feel Dirty

As promised, I cast a vote for John McCain solely because he is the most visible and aggressive anti-Mike Huckabee option on our primary ballot.

The problem is that after doing so, I immediately felt painfully close to the morning after that unfortunate night in college where gratuitous consumption of 40's of malt liquor led to me making out with a young lass who can most charitably be described as chubby (at least once the beer goggles were removed).

Which is to say it's not a proud feeling. I feel vaguely angry at myself.

I hope your own voting did or will leave you more satisfied.

Posted by Eric Earling at February 19, 2008 07:29 AM | Email This
1. I cast my vote for McCain, as I had intended since September, with pride.

Posted by: jummy on February 19, 2008 07:29 AM
2. Ha. The urge to vomit is what makes voting worthwhile.

Posted by: Andy on February 19, 2008 07:32 AM
3. I refuse to do so.
Looking at the sad state of government, at all levels, the result of voting for the "lesser of two evils" is painfully apparent.
Sometimes I have to do a write-in, but at least sleep comes better at night and the heritage given to me by those who have gone before is not tarnished by anything I have done. This is not a criticism of anyone else's voting preferences.

Posted by: Barcroft on February 19, 2008 07:40 AM
4. Voted for Huck-A-Bee; and yes it made me more satisfied..Hehe :)

Posted by: Duffman on February 19, 2008 07:52 AM
5. Good grief, do we have to call Dr. Phil and set-up a group and have a 12 step recovery? The president is one part of the equation and members of congress are another part of the equation. Right now, your party is so uncompetitive in this state it really is the bigger issue. If your party loses Reichert to a putz like Burner that hopefully will hit you folks in the head with a hammer that you have become the party of rural areas and small towns. The population is growing in urban areas and urban counties and you simply have no strategy to compete.

Posted by: WVH on February 19, 2008 07:57 AM
6. I voted for Romney. I felt it was a non McCain/ non Huckabee vote. I'm sure Paul will get a lot of votes here in WA state. We need to get some real good candidates for the local offices and turn around this state/ country. Then in a few years we may have some real conservatives to elect into higher office.

Posted by: Charlene on February 19, 2008 07:58 AM
7. Eric, I too have a bit of morning after but not the beer goggles thing, more of a broken trust thing.
Learned too late that my vote for Hillary won't count. Why it was on the ballot who knows. Typical dem move to ignore the people who aren't willing to sell their souls.
Not that I wanted Hill on the hill, just a punching bag for a candidate.

Posted by: PC on February 19, 2008 08:04 AM
8. Eric, you know what they say about the "bigger" girls:

"There's more cushion for the pushin'"

Posted by: nastee on February 19, 2008 08:07 AM
9. Poster #6, does your preschool know that you are using the computer without adult supervision.?

Posted by: WVH on February 19, 2008 08:13 AM
10. Oops, that should be poster #8 who is without supervision.

Posted by: WVH on February 19, 2008 08:15 AM
11. Amazing how you will vote for Kennedy, Feingold, etc. rather than a guy who is at least nominally a conservative.

Since you lived up to my first prediction of voting McCain, let my next prediction be: Eric will be in full McCain advocacy by November with zero gag reflex as grows to learn more and realizes just how bad the other team is. You liberals Republicans do this every election cycle like clock work in your effort to woo and convince the Rosenburg "cheap date" Republicans to go for yet another worthless non-conservative. Meanwhile we have a massively expanding government, an economy that has faltered for the better part of 8 years and only propped up by government spending, all because we listen to this drival and vote loyalty over principle.

Vote Hillary, At least we will get someone who will be conservative occasionally, and reach across to us conservatives - Instead of McCain who reaches out to liberals for every major thing he wants passed.

Posted by: John McDonald on February 19, 2008 08:16 AM
12. I voted for McCain as he is the only viable candidate left on either side of the ticket. The empty suit and empty pant suit will destroy this country within 4-8 years. That McCain/Romney ticket is sounding better and better by the day.

Posted by: Rick D. on February 19, 2008 08:27 AM
13. John -

Let's be clear about where you're coming from. You're a supposed conservative/Republican who was cheering for the election of Darcy Burner over Dave Reichert in 2006. A rare breed if ever there was one.

I'm not going to sit here and defend McCain because his candidacy doesn't inspire me. But let's make sure people are aware of what camp you're coming from, and based on the 2006 election results just how small it is.

Posted by: Eric Earling on February 19, 2008 08:35 AM
14. #11 are you kidding?!?!
Vote Hillary because she is occasionally conservative? A bad economy for 8 years?
Are you lying or have BDS or stuck on stupid?

I voted for McCain because this is politics. If your guy loses you support the guy who won.
The guy I was supporting (Thompson and then Romney) lost, I am a supporter of McCain now. It is that simple. You don't throw a tantrum and take your marbles and go home.

How are fat girls and scooters the same?
Both are fun to ride but you wouldn't want your friends to see you with one.

Posted by: thom on February 19, 2008 08:38 AM
15. #14, yeh the sexism of you and #8 is really going to expand the pool of potential voters beyond 18 year olds with hormone problems. Your party can't afford to lose any voters since you aren't attracting voters from urban areas.

Posted by: WVH on February 19, 2008 09:02 AM
16. Eric,

Don't be duped. Their are certain troll commenters who love to engage in a little reverse psychology.

Posted by: Jeff B. on February 19, 2008 09:05 AM
17. Whatever. I voted for McCain and feel just fine. He's clearly the best candidate left who is not proposing a massive expansion of government and who actually wants to win in Iraq.

Posted by: Palouse on February 19, 2008 09:13 AM
18. Yeah, and you'll no doubt vote for Mr Rossi also...yet another loser. :)

Posted by: Duffman on February 19, 2008 09:15 AM
19. I will vote today at my local polling place. In person. At the library. On a voting machine. I never have, and never will -- unless I have to -- vote via mail.

I have not given much thought to whom I will vote for. I think it will be Thompson. It might be McCain. Someone close to me, however, is going to vote for McCain because they are angry at Huckabee.

I will feel just fine about whomever I vote for, because it won't be a Democrat, or Giuliani or Huckabee.

Posted by: pudge on February 19, 2008 09:16 AM
20. I think John MacD is looking for the same thing Eric and I are- something from McCain to get us excited about his presidential run for office.

I, for one, am going to vote for the best candidate of the D or R party. The Ds have a long way to go before I vote them over McCain. I can also understand the desire to sit this one out, but I can't see the benefit of doing so.

Posted by: swatter on February 19, 2008 09:18 AM
21. If Michelle Obama is allowed to continue putting her foot in her mouth in the press, Billary might just narrow this gap and take the nomination.

The problem with McCain is that he's on record saying that "hillary would make a good president" while on Russert's program.........Can you imagine the ads they can run with that???

As for the feeling dirty after goin' "Hoggin'? Well, let's just keep those skeletons in the closet where they belong.....luckily, we weren't too far into the digital age so there is no visual documentation.

Posted by: Rick D. on February 19, 2008 09:30 AM
22. Eric, I fear you are too full of yourself on this one. In one fell swoop, you succeeded in insulting the voting process, which should make us all proud and grateful for its existence, even though we may think the candidate is less than 100% perfect, and you also insulted all those "voluptuous" maidens out there! Did you ever stop to think how she felt the next morning after making out with a drunken young twerp, most likely still with pimples at that age? Come one!

Posted by: katomar on February 19, 2008 09:31 AM
23. Erlich Earring,

Your class is shining through again. Let me spell that out for you: low class.

Posted by: Jefferson Paine on February 19, 2008 09:48 AM
24. Katomar,

You go girl!

Posted by: WVH on February 19, 2008 10:02 AM
25. ERIC, Let us know how you feel after you paste on your Elect McCain bumper sticker.

Posted by: SIDNY on February 19, 2008 10:03 AM
26. Good grief, I am agreeing with Rick D. I understand that we are guests here and Stefan can do what he dang well pleases, but to toss up threads and not allow responses?

David Schuster should not have been suspended. All candidates pimp their spouses, parents, children, dogs and cats.

There is a crucial point which is not that it is my country always right, never wrong, but that I love my country and if I perceive flaws, I try to fix them. I studied in Europe and got used to defending my country from European elists who hated this country quite often because of its successes. There are racial issues here which this country has for the most part in good faith been attempting to address. There are huge issues of integrating diverse populations in Europe into the fabric of society and those groups include Muslims, Roma or Gypsies, and immigrants from all corners of the world.

Mrs. Obama, I think made more of a calculation to throw red meat to the dem base because frankly that is where many of them are. She did not expect to get your votes. I am not arguing for jingoism or extreme nationalism, but I think at a minimum one should defend their country of orgin and hopefully one can be proud of their country of orgin.

Posted by: WVH on February 19, 2008 10:14 AM
27. Ooh Beer;

Chrissie, what you say you me and Mr G do some partaying? Yeah baby...............

Posted by: Duffman on February 19, 2008 10:17 AM
28. #27 = imposter (I guess I should feel complimented that I would be copied...but it's really a ver chicken-s*** maneuver). :)

Posted by: Duffman on February 19, 2008 10:21 AM
29. Duffman,

My cystalkers always used phony e-mail addresses. If the imposter is using not only your moniker, but your e-mail address, that is a violation of all rules of blogging and posting. They should be banned.

Posted by: WVH on February 19, 2008 10:30 AM
30. WVH: I agree totally!

Posted by: Duffman on February 19, 2008 10:32 AM
31. "I feel dirty."

Maybe that's 'cause you are, Eric.

Posted by: Michelle on February 19, 2008 10:38 AM
32. WVH: I had the same experience in Europe. In fact, it is what largely taught me to be patriotic. Did you notice that literally ALL of the America bashers did their bashing while wearing Levis and Nikes, smoking Marlboro's, and sipping Johnny Walker Black? I sure did.

Posted by: katomar on February 19, 2008 10:44 AM
33. Katomar.

Yep EU hates us, that is until they need us, then were buddy, buddy. For a short time, then back to hating the US. If Kosovo goes crazy on them, I hope we stay out this time.

Posted by: Army Medic/Vet on February 19, 2008 11:28 AM
34. Army Medic/Vet: I don't think Kosovo will go crazy. They're about half Catholic, half Albanian Muslim descent, and a sprinkling of Orthodox. They've been getting along for ages, but have been treated like slaves and second-class citizens by Serbia for longer than most people can remember. They are good people, deserve their independence, as with the rest of former Yugoslavia.

Posted by: katomar on February 19, 2008 11:33 AM
35. I made sure to cast my vote for Huckabee because he is following the true word of God. =)

Posted by: Cato on February 19, 2008 11:42 AM
36. Yikes, I forgot to vote and I have a school levy that only needs 50% to pass.

I thought Obama was the one God. He is going to solve poverty, take care of all the sick, increase everyone's standard of living and make everyone peaceful. So, then, Cato, is Huckabee following Obama.

His wife sure thinks she is the cat's meow, doesn't she? She is finally proud of her country since they let her on center stage.

Posted by: swatter on February 19, 2008 12:22 PM
37. I made sure to cast my vote for Huckabee

Wow Cato, did you mark the box to swear that you were a member of the Republican party when you voted?

I imagine there were alot of fake Republicans like you voting in this primary, who'll switch to whomever the Democrats nominate once the general comes around.

I laughed at the story on the news this morning with all of the protest votes coming in bitching about the party oath.

Posted by: Palouse on February 19, 2008 12:45 PM
38. I voted for Huckabee weeks ago. Romney convinced me that a vote for Huckabee was a vote for McCain - so I win either way!!

Posted by: CK on February 19, 2008 12:53 PM
39. I voted for Rudy. I can think of no other way to thank him for his leadership during the darkest days of the decade. I'm so sorry he didn't catch on this year.

If I for a second thought that this would help Huckabee in our state, I wouldn't have done it. But Huckabee's toast. Cayman Island fried toast.

By the way, I caucused for McCain. And it's all legal!

Posted by: DJ on February 19, 2008 01:20 PM
40. As promised, I'm sure I join with the vast majority of the rest of the world in telling you I could care less who you voted for.

Posted by: Hinton on February 19, 2008 02:15 PM
41. Ah, Sir Hinton - now you know better; you think we believe that. Of course you care or you wouldn't be herein. :)

Posted by: Duffman on February 19, 2008 02:19 PM
42. What does it matter? Dem's vote's don't count, GOP race is already sown up. I'm voting for Huckabee because he understands the truth and realizes that we are not descended from apes and he will protect this country from people who want to swear in using the Koran.

To quote informed youth:
"The thing is we need God in our Govt. and they pulled God out. It says in God We Trust on our money and we to trust in God cause everyones pulling away from God but they don't know what's going to follow them, they need to have faith in God and put it back in (the Govt)."

The answer is clear, God wants more God in the Govt. therefore we must vote for the man of God, Mike Huckabee!!!

Posted by: Cato on February 19, 2008 02:39 PM
43. What does it matter?

Well, your vote for Huck didn't count unless you marked that oath. And since you've found religion or something, maybe that means something to you. Or maybe you don't like admitting the dishonesty of that vote publicly. I understand. I wouldn't either.

Posted by: Palouse on February 19, 2008 02:51 PM
44. McCain has won, so a GOP primary vote would not matter in the slightest, the Dem's don't give any delegates based on the popular vote (stupid them).

Oaths hold no water unless someone bothers to enforce them. Since there is no penalty under law for violating the oath the people are free to vote for whomever they want without fear of retribution.

I want to elect the man who believes the earth is 6000 years old, then so be it. I could have voted for Mickey Mouse for all you know.

Posted by: Cato on February 19, 2008 03:34 PM
45. Oaths hold no water unless someone bothers to enforce them

Yeah, integrity, who needs it, right?

Since there is no penalty under law for violating the oath the people are free to vote for whomever they want without fear of retribution.

Sure, but that doesn't make it honest. That obviously means nothing to you, and that's fine. I expect you're not alone among Democrats in this region.

I could have voted for Mickey Mouse for all you know.

Except that you already stated above that you cast your vote for Huckabee.

Posted by: Palouse on February 19, 2008 03:50 PM
46. I voted for a man who has a 20 year history of voting for tax cuts, spending cuts, and a consstitutionally limited government. It felt great!

The mans name is Dr Ron Paul.

Posted by: Lysander on February 19, 2008 03:59 PM
47. Sure, but that doesn't make it honest.

Haha, you want me to swear allegiance to some political party because it's the honest thing to do? You can't seriously mean that?

I'm more than happy pledge allegiance to a flag and the country it stands for, but I will never pledge allegiance to a corporation/political party.

I will vote for whom they want, party affiliations be damed. If I feel Mikey Mouse will do the best job, I have every right to cast my vote for him.

Except that you already stated above that you cast your vote for Huckabee.

I may say that but unless you have actually seen my ballot you don't know who I really voted for. Besides, I'm just another anonymous person on a web site.

Posted by: Cato on February 19, 2008 04:10 PM
48. "No, Cato, we know who you are and we know you voted for me," said the God-like voice of the messiah.

Posted by: swatter on February 19, 2008 04:17 PM
49. Watch out, everybody. Cato's stompin' his feet, balling up his little fists, and working up enough of a fire in his psyche to actually say "neener, neener"!

Posted by: katomar on February 19, 2008 04:21 PM
50. Swatter, you are the Messiah?

Sure had me fooled. Welcome back, or is this your first time visiting this planet?

Posted by: Cato on February 19, 2008 04:23 PM
51. No, old boy, it was a quote told to me from none other than the real deal, the one and only- Barrack Obama- aka the messiah.

Posted by: swatter on February 19, 2008 04:41 PM
52. This all reminds me of a scene from Rocky Horror Picture Show. For you youngsters out there RHPS is a cult film from the 70's/80's. It was a great midnight movie at theaters across the country. It became an audience participation event. When it rained in the movies, we would all pull out our squirt guns and douse each other. When the giant red lips appeared to sing the theme song, we would all scream for LIPS, LIPS! Naturally we all danced the Time Warp (again).

There was one scene where an old guy (looking a lot like John McCain) would appear on the screen. Half the audience would scream "ASS-HOLE!". The other half would scream "OH, HE'S NOT SO BAD!". Then the first half would scream "BULL SHIT!".

Clearly that is the dialog being cast out in slow motion in the comments to this post. ;-)



Posted by: Hairy Buddah on February 19, 2008 04:48 PM
53. Ummmm, yeah, the only people I ever hear refer to Obama as the messiah are Republicans and the MSM. I mean first it was he's a smoker, then it was the madrassa, then it was his lack of experience, then the Che flag, now it's his charisma and "plagiarism".

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." - Mahatma Gandhi

We're clearly well into the laughing at you part.

Posted by: Cato on February 19, 2008 04:55 PM
54. Haven't you been listening to his and his wife's speeches? My word, man; get with it!!

Posted by: swatter on February 19, 2008 05:20 PM
55. There were no Republican candidates.

Posted by: Independent Voter on February 19, 2008 08:09 PM
56. Hi Eric,

There are a couple of things I suspect McCain will be better on then Bush. At least I hope so - do you know if McCain has made any comment on the Camp Pendleton Marines? I hope he will be less hostile to the border guards and military with the political correctness that caused the Bush Adminstration to throw the book at so many of our guys in uniform.

The other thing McCain seems to have a positive record on is curbing spending, which to me is even more important then low taxes.

I'll likely vote for McCain if Obama is nominated, because Obama appears to be a true liberal that will not adjust his view point even when confronted with fact or compromise with conservatives. His wife's comment about finally be proud of America is really a terrible terrible comment. If Hillary wins, then I'll probably go for Hillary based on a pragmatic vote as McCain will likely enjoy splitting the party every chance he gets to jam some new liberal legislation through - and I suspect he will be very successful at doing this, as the R's will be split. If Hillary is elected, the R's will be united in opposition and block liberal laws.

Posted by: John McDonald on February 19, 2008 10:40 PM
57. You mean you felt only "vaguely angry" after making out with a girl you had no interest in?

Posted by: Misty on February 20, 2008 12:09 AM
58. I will never pledge allegiance to a corporation/political party.

And yet you swore you were a member (falsely) when you checked that Republican box on your ballot.

I may say that but unless you have actually seen my ballot you don't know who I really voted for.

So you're saying we cannot believe anything you post. Sounds about right, and is congruent with the whole lack of integrity of your subversive voting for Huckabee. You should be proud. /sarcasm

Posted by: Palouse on February 20, 2008 07:27 AM
59. Cato, you should change your nickname, because you are speaking entirely illogically. You say, "I will vote for whom they want, party affiliations be damed." But we are talking about your vote for which candidate will represent a given party; without party affiliation, there is nothing to actually vote for.

Posted by: pudge on February 20, 2008 09:09 AM
60. You can drink them pretty but you can't drink them thin

Posted by: James Lindley on February 20, 2008 09:56 AM
61. James L: Conversely, you can drink them handsome, but you can't drink them smart!

Posted by: katomar on February 20, 2008 11:31 AM
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