Biden, McCain, Obama, Palin – Thoughts on the Election

I watched John McCain announce Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential running mate and was intrigued. Some questions that it raised for me…

  • Was Palin chosen primarily to appeal to former Clinton supporters?
  • Is Palin ready to be president, if something were to happen to John McCain?
  • How will Obama and / or Clinton respond to the choice of a woman on the Republican ticket?
  • Is the fact that someone is not a white male a reason to vote for that person?

I think that the 2008 election became a lot more interesting today and I believe that as a Christian I have a responsibility to consider how and if my vote might be a part of God’s kingdom coming on earth.

What do you think?

McCain, Obama and Warren – One Week Later

I finally got around to watching the Civil Forum on the Presidency hosted by Rick Warren at Saddleback Church. DVR is a great thing. I was looking forward to the interaction between Warren and each of the candidates, excited that the first time that they would be on the same stage after becoming presumptive nominees would be in a church, and interested to see if there would be anything unexpected or off the wall.

But, I was disappointed.

I only made it through Obama’s portion of the show before having to go to bed and I found myself having to fight to stay awake for what I did see. Maybe I was just tired last night or maybe the event was really not as good as I had anticipated.

One week later, instead of being a defining moment in the political season, I think that this event has passed quickly into the political drain of old news.

Speedlinking – June 5, 2008

Speedlinking – April 2, 2008

The Process of Politics

Nicole and I went to the democratic caucus tonight at Leawood Middle School. It was great to be a part of the political process.

We arrived around 6:50 with 7:00 PM the cutoff time to get in line. The parking lot was absolutely full and we had to park in a neighborhood five or six blocks away. We hustled over and got in a line that was about a block long. We filled out the paperwork to affiliate ourselves with the democratic party to be able to participate in the caucus.

When we got in the building, we signed in, turned in our paperwork and made our way into the cafeteria as the gym was already full. The Clinton supporters were on one side of the room and the Obama supporters were on the other side of the room. Once all of the registered democrats had signed in within the gym those supporting Obama moved to the gym and those supporting Clinton moved to the cafeteria.

Gathering at the caucus in Leawood Middle School

Kansas Democratic Caucus at Leawood Middle School

We heard a speech from a Clinton supporter and from an Obama supporter and then lined up to be counted. We were organized to stand into parallel lines and each line counted itself by starting on one end and turning to the person behind you for the count to continue. The results were gathered from each line and the results counted.

Obama supporters lining up to be counted

Obama Supporters at the Caucus - 2

The results in our precint:
Barack Obama – 1983
Hillary Clinton – 423

Then we transitioned to a time of electing the delegates that would represent this precinct in the third congressional district gathering in April. This was a much smaller group. We stayed until the end and really enjoyed the event.

Selecting delegates to represent the precinct

Selecting Delegates from the Caucus for the Third Congressional District - 1

A woman at the election of the delegates said that four years ago there were 30 people at the caucus in this precint. There were over 2300 people this year. That is amazing.

I do think that this is a historic year in politics. Things can change and we can be a part of it – yes we can.