Tuesday, November 4, 2008

news from the booth

Warning: Lines are long, people! Nonetheless, go out there and do it. If for no other reason than to see your friends and neighbors -- I ran into two couples and two singles from the nabe and had plenty of time to catch up with them.

One of them was carrying an election mailer from Barack Obama with his endorsements for our local elections. To my surprise, Barack endorses Paula, not Primo. I say "to my surprise" because Paula does (or did) have a McCain sign in her yard, and the county Democratic party stands behind Primo. I guess the local and national parties are not quite in lockstep just yet.

Now I gotta catch up on everything I had planned to do during the time I ended up standing in line to vote.


Anonymous said...

I get around the L.P. and I have never noticed a sign other than local elect. in the Lantz yard. I think you are mistaken?


meg said...

Well, I was fairly sure -- it was a few weeks ago, and it was the first hint I had that our national politics might not line up (NOT that I care!).

It could have been a bit of vandalism, but in any case a "Never! No way!" from Paula or Fred would make me retract my words (with massive apologies).

For the record, I don't care how Paula votes on national elections. She has been an excellent representative on City Council, and her work on transportation issues has been heroic.

Paula said...

Sorry, just couldn't let it pass. I've never had a McCain sign in my yard. I have actually "planted" some of each as I have had requests while walking, but more of Obama. City Council is a non-partisan seat. Whether it is ethnicity, age, class, gender Political Party, or whatever, focusing on the differences can distract us from working together to solve common problems. Sometimes I get the feeling that those that emphasize the differences would be lost if we just sat down and worked things out in spite of them. One of things (and there are many) that I love about living in Lincoln Park is that we don't all have to think identically about everything, not only to work together, but to laugh together, to cry together, and to support each other during tough times. There is far greater strength here between folks of different parties and belief systems than either party would be comfortable with!

Anonymous said...

Paula... I love your thinking.
Good luck today.
You already have my vote.

Oh.. and just in case...
Vote NO on 8!


meg said...

Thanks for wading in, Paula. As promised, you have my massive apologies for being wrong.

I'm still amused, and glad, to see Obama endorsing you over Primo, despite the latter's backing by the county party.

And, of course, I agree completely on the nonpartisanship of local politics; the party system is indeed a disruption and a distraction from making our city a better place.

K said...

Eh, there were no lines at all when I got there at about 10:30AM. You just have to slack off a bit, and you'll have no problems. 'Course, I'll be getting home again at 9PM, so I'll miss most of the excitement as the results come in, but there it is...

John Clifford said...

I must have just missed K. I was there about 9:30 and there was a moderate line, but by the time I left it was almost gone. Ran into several of our Lincoln Park neighbors.

If you haven't done so yet, VOTE!