Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Super Wednesday

In the US, it was Super Tuesday, but for us it was Super Wednesday with the time difference. Ron set his clock to wake at 6:00 am, but since we have left the States, I see politics through different lens. I woke at 3:30, could not get back to sleep, so decided to watch the results for an hour or so. I never made it back to bed; the results had me mesmerized until I had to shower and go into the university at 9:00.

Thanks to Democrats Abroad, we were able to vote in the primaries over the Internet. We had to register by January 31st and then received electronic ballot and ID numbers. Voting started at GMT + 13 hours on Tuesday, which early afternoon for us. Minutes after our eligible time, I had my vote in. Ron lagged behind for hours, with me hovering over his shoulder while he did. After he voted, I refused to speak to him for a few hours; we did not agree on our selection.

In 2004, the American Chamber of Commerce held an election function here in Budapest, which we attended. There was an overflowing pile of Democratic buttons and only a few Republican ones. Innocently, we thought this was a sign we were amongst like minds, but after pinning ourselves and joining the festivities, we found we were the minority of minorities. Others actually had the nerve to harass us for wearing the pins we did and it was not with humor either. Some were quite aggressive with their comments. Being high level executives with multinational companies from the US, it made sense at the time. Hopefully, they will host another such party this year. I am older, wiser, and have been working on honing my aggressive political skills.

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