Pay Attention ’08–It starts

January 3, 2008

The Presidential Election starts today.

Ok, so you say that election day is not until November, but in fact, today is the day that some Americans will begin voting for the next President of the United States.

Over the next year, I’m going to devote some time, energy, and space on my blog to the election. I’m not saying that everyone needs to be super-excited about the election; I’m not telling everyone to go out and vote for a certain candidate; and I’m certainly not trying to encourage anyone to be as big a nerd as I am. I’m merely encouraging people to pay attention. This election, like every election, is important, and in this country we have the ginormous privilege of being a part of the electoral process.

Today is Iowa Caucus day. This evening many residents of this state will gather in homes, coffee shops, and other various locations and eventually they will gather in different corners of the room in support of their chosen candidate. Based the results of these caucuses, winning candidates will receive the votes of the delegates of Iowa at their party’s convention this summer.

While the winners of the Iowa caucuses will receive relatively few delegates because Iowa is a small state, the results of today and the first primary election in New Hampshire next Tuesday will prove to be important. If candidates do not fair well in these early contests, they may find their numbers plummeting and their coffers empty very soon. If a lesser-known candidate does well, he/she may be catapulted to success in later and more imporantant primary elections.

The main contenders running for President are as follows: Democrats- Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and Barack Obama; Republicans- Rudy Gulianni, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Ron Paul, and Mitt Romney.

So as the process begins, pay attention. You may not sit in front of the television for a few hours tonight like I will, but at least take the time to find out who won.

But if you do watch CNN tonight, you never know when you might just see some free, political entertainment…

    Howard Dean’s speech after the 2004 Iowa Caucuses
    The Dean Scream

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