I live in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Kenosha is located in the extreme SE corner of Wisconsin and hugs the shore of Lake Michigan. And today is primary day in Wisconsin. I cannot remember there being such excitement about a primary in Wisconsin.
In a normal year, by the time the primary gets to Wisconsin we just validate what’s all ready been decided. Sort of the designated drivers that are useful but don’t have much fun. We are accustomed to Wisconsin, and thus Kenosha, not mattering much. We haven’t been relevant in the primaries since Hector was a pup. And since that saying was fresh and new.
This year is different in that as in so many other ways. Wisconsin is being courted like we’ve never been courted in my memory. We’ve never had so much national attention. I guess that’s part of being relevant. Some of us like the attention, others not so much.
It’s a good feeling to know that for once our vote will make a difference. As it will in the states that come after us. What’s with a few states deciding for the whole country anyway? Shouldn’t we all count? Something needs to be done about that. Because if more people’s vote mattered wouldn’t it matter to more people to vote? Just a thought.
In Wisconsin we have an absentee/early voting period for 2 weeks before the election. I have a bad leg so I prefer to go to the Municipal Building and vote a few days ahead of time rather than stand in line. So last Friday I went to vote. Seems a lot of other people had the same idea. A whole lot of other people.
You can vote “absentee” in Wisconsin without giving a reason. When I come limping in with my pretty pink cane people pretty much know why I’m voting absentee. Why the rest were there I have no idea. But a nice lady gave me a chair so I didn’t have to stand long and thus I was no grumpier than usual.
My vote went to Senator Ted Cruz. An honest to goodness “for” a candidate for the first time in a long time. This time I want “my” guy to win because I think he is the best and the brightest.
Today the interest in Wisconsin voters is ferocious. We are studied, discussed, and either applauded or denigrated depending on which candidate gets our vote.
Tonight we’ll know which polls were right, which were wrong and which were wishful thinking. We’ll know that Ted Cruz “won” Wisconsin and only need to know by how much.
We’ll also know if Bernie beat Hillary again in another of his meaningless victories. Meaningless because the Superdelegates will choose the Democrat winner and they have no intention of choosing Bernie.
Media is having a field day discussing the possibility of a big fight in Cleveland at the Republican convention. They seldom mention that even if Bernie wins he can’t win. Such bias is so common that we’ve become accustomed to it. Such a sad commentary on our “free press”.
Talking to fellow Kenoshans I’m sure the polls are right and Ted Cruz will win. So do most of the experts. The degree to which he wins is the question. A big win will stick in Trump’s craw for two long weeks until the next election. That will be in New York where Trump is expected to win big. That expectation may be nice but he’ll have the fact of a loss to gnaw on for two weeks. This from a man that likes to call others “loser”. Karma!
But for now we and he will see how many hearts and minds he’s won in Wisconsin. I have no doubt he will have won some. One thing I do like is that with Bernie and Hillary punching it out we won’t have to contend with too many Dems and their shenanigans. They like to mess with the Republican primary. And we don’t much like that. A lot.
I do doubt that a majority of politically savvy Wisconsin voters will vote for such a flawed candidate. Although some will vote for Kasich, which since he cannot win baffles me. Saying we are savvy doesn’t discount that some of us are stubborn and silly.
By the end of the night all the speculation will be over. The winner will be announced and the post mortem will begin. By tomorrow morning we’ll be just one more state in the primary rearview mirror. Unimportant until the general election rolls around. Tattered campaign posters will litter the landscape and most of us will be all too glad to see the national media move along.
When all is said and done, when all the votes are counted and the last pundidiot finishes telling us what happened, it really was nice to have our vote be important. Not to disrespect the voters in Iowa but honestly we have just as many hayseeds as they do and we give a great State Fair.