On the whole, I avoid politics on this blog. I don't really have that much of interest to say (except when it comes to fiction written by politicians), and beyond matters of privacy, I just don't think that most people care who I'm voting for or not.
All the same, I've had a heck of a time trying to think about Michigan's upcoming Democratic primary. On the whole, I like both Clinton and Obama a great deal, and if given a choice between the two, I'm still not sure what I'd decide.
But, at least in the Michigan primary this year, I don't have a choice. Due to a conflict between the state and national parties over how early Michigan's primary date could or could not be, nearly all the Democratic candidates except for Hillary Clinton removed their names from the Michigan ballot. Even worse, while most of us Michigan Democrats have assumed that we would at least be able to write-in our preferred candidates, that turns out to not be the case. The Michigan Secretary of State offer has announced that because no candidates filed the necessary paperwork to accept write-in votes, no write-in votes will be counted. Even the Detroit Free Press is recommending that Democratic voters vote "uncommitted" in order to send a message to the national party.
I don't know that I can get excited about an "uncommitted" vote, which feels like no vote at all, even if, in many ways, it isn't. The worst part is that I like Hillary Clinton, but I'm very disturbed by the apparent choice to vote for her or no one at all.
(Note: I have, of course, ignored in this post Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich, both of whom are still on the Michigan ballot. In all honesty, however, I have no idea who Mike Gravel is, and Kucinich appears to have attempted to remove himself from the ballot, but missed the deadline. Chris Dodd also appears on the ballot, but has withdrawn from the presidential race.)