6:45 a. m. this morning, I said to Marianne, "This is what democracy looks like."
She took one look at my haggard, half-asleep face and burst out laughing.
Then I gulped down a cup of coffee and we walked over to Roxborough High and voted. Marianne was #2 and I was #3. This election is for judges and related officials only, so the turnout is guaranteed to be low. And it required a fair amount of work to get even a rudimentary idea of who was worth voting for. But that didn't stop either of us.
I always vote. The assembled members of the NRA will voluntarily surrender all their guns long before anyone manages to pry the ballot out of my cold, dead hand. I know that a lot of people are cynical about its value and consequently don't bother. To them I will say this: Your opting out only makes my vote and the Tea Party's votes worth more.
There can't be a lot of people who are happy about both those facts.
Above: Just to be clear, I applaud the Tea Party folks for voting, and for voting their consciences. I say that with no irony whatsoever.