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  • Right On, North Carolina


    I can’t tell you how good it makes me feel that my home state turned out so big for Obama. I still feel the sting so many years later from supporting Harvey Gant for senator, trying to get friends to register so they could vote for him, and then watching Jesse Helms roll over him. Of course this doesn’t mean NC won’t go red in the main election as they have since Jimmy Carter, but it’s still pretty great.

    I don’t like to talk about my politics here, I rarely do. And believe me it’s been hard during this administration. But I don’t want to alienate my readers who don’t agree with me, I like the fact that fiction can be a common ground where we can all meet. I also want this website to mostly be a place you can escape from some of the turmoil of the real world. But dang it, I want Obama to win. I think he’s a good guy and electing him would show the world that we’re trying to turn away from where Cheney and Bush steered us. I do think he and Hillary Clinton would mostly vote alike, but my main reason for supporting him is this: a lot of young people and new voters have gotten fired up by him, gotten registered, pounded the pavement to promote him. If he’s not the candidate, most of them will lose interest in politics and see it as a closed system that they can’t affect. If he wins, they’ll likely go on to pay attention to and influence local elections, where they can proportionately make a much bigger difference. So in short, I think he’s a huge shot in the arm for the process. Thanks again, NC. And finally, we in Oregon can vote!

    My only suggestion to Obama: change your name back to Barry. Because it would be dope to have a Barry in the White House.*

    *That should have been Goldwater’s campaign slogan.


    Comment from Dennis Culver
    Time: May 7, 2008, 7:26 am

    He went by Barry in high school!

    I am glad this primary seems to be ending much more smoothly than expected.

    Comment from Shana
    Time: May 7, 2008, 7:27 pm

    I seriously love how all the awesome people whose blogs I read are Obama fans.

    Comment from Eric
    Time: May 7, 2008, 9:11 pm

    Back at ya, Oregon. Sorry that Puerto Rico has more delegates than you do. But at least you have one more than Kentucky.

    Comment from Eric
    Time: May 7, 2008, 9:12 pm

    Also, f-word Jesse Helms. Or, as I thought his name was in the third grade, Jesse Hams.

    Comment from patrick hulman
    Time: May 8, 2008, 7:37 am

    speaking of north carolina. have you made your hotel reservations for heroes. and if so westin or hilton.

    Comment from Parker
    Time: May 8, 2008, 12:07 pm

    Though I love the Westin, I think they’re putting me in the Hilton.