Tuesday, March 13, 2012

For the Love of all that is Conservative.

I had the opportunity to do some volunteer work yesterday at the Alabama Theatre for the Alabama GOP Presidential Forum... I know, I know. Fish out of water, right?

I laughed at my Mom for telling me to "keep an open mind," when she learned what I would be doing. Considering that I was going to be in a building surrounded by the most closed minded people ever, and being closed minded isn't something I'm actually known for, I thought she was joking. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized she was right. I shouldn't let my stereotyping and prejudice get in the way of this pretty cool experience. So, I went, mind open and willing to listen.

Here are a few things I picked up on while my mind was open:

A banjo playing music to keep the crowd occupied for the 2 hours they were going to have to wait to see their Presidential hopefuls. Appropriate for Alabama.

A 3 year old wearing a "Don't believe the Liberal Media" button. I'm pretty sure these were free at the door.

A man in a flag shirt tried to sticker me with a Santorum sticker. I almost kicked him, before declaring my body needed to be a political free zone since I was technically working.

When you attend one of these gatherings, people automatically assume you're on their "side" and like to have lengthy conversations regarding the sad sack of shit that is our current President, before asking where they can find the restroom.

If you pay close enough attention, you can get pretty good at guessing which side of the line someone falls on. For instance: Long hair pulled into a low bun, with long denim skirt, button down flower shirt and tennis shoes: Santorum.  Young hipster carrying a cool messenger bag: Ron Paul.

I also found it interesting that while Santorum was speaking, his supporters were yelling in agreement, when Newt spoke and actually said the same thing Santorum said, they were quiet. If you support the issue, you support the issue no matter who delivers the message right? Apparently not.

All in all, I went, I listened and I was completely underwhelmed by the 2 of them, and feel certain that Romney wouldn't have made much of an impression on me either. It's not that I went looking to have a radical transformation, but I did go in hopes of coming away with an understanding of what exactly people see in these Candidates, and while I see more in Gingrich (when he isn't dumbing it down,) I don't get it. I just don't.

Sorry, Mom. I tried. I guess I'm just an Obama girl at heart.

President Algae 2012 - Woot!

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