Delaware makes the national press once and a while because of a storm, and, to be fair to VP Joe, once and a while because he speaks and the words rush out, and everyone remembers Ol' Joe from Delaware.
Otherwise Delaware does not make the big time very often. We kind of like it that way. A state with no commercial airline service and no sales tax and fewer than 900,000 people and not too much land has no reason or desire to be front page press.
Politics in Delaware is a kind of family affair. There is a lot of crossing of party lines here and we are sometimes given to keeping someone on in office well beyond his or her prime. But hey, their family.
|from Christian Science Monitor article|
As a Democrat there are times I wish I could cross party lines and vote Republican. (Not many.) Actually, in the past I have voted for Mike Castle in the regular election. Its one of those Delaware things. But this year I am pretty well convinced that when the time comes, and should he win the primary, I will vote against him and for his opponent. I have been very disappointed in his work these past few years, and in particular in the economic crisis of this past year.
But be that as it may, if I could have I would have voted for him against Ms. O'Donnell in a heart beat. Better he should lose to the Democratic candidate later than to O'Donnell now. Should she win Sarah Palin will claim her support of O'Donnell was key and use it in the next round of political doings. More, should O'Donnell win the ship of this little state will lean not to the conservative (almost all of Delaware is full of conservatives) but to the hard right. And here in Delaware that is bad news indeed. Not far below the water line the old hatreds and fears live and they will crawl out and chew at our feet.
So, I got out and voted today. Love it. Voting is right up there with voicing the strongest opinions I have. I support this business of voting, in the state and in the church. All those folk who don't like the way things are going (and there are always lots of us) get their chance every couple of years to change course. Meanwhile we put up with losing sometimes and winning others. I wish we understood that in the Church.