As we mentioned on Monday, Martin Luther King Day, we are sick to our collective stomach at what is going on in South Carolina. While we'll have more on that after the outcome of today's primary vote, let's turn to our own home state and our own home-grown candidate, Ron Paul.
First of all, there's probably a 50/50 chance that the Republican and/or Democratic Presidential nominee won't be decided by the time the Texas Primary rolls around on March 4th. At that point, if it is indeed still up for grabs, it might just come down to a straight delegate count. That means that these symbolic wins in Iowa and New Hampshire only mean as much as the number of delegates the candidate is able to receive.
For the Democrats, the Texas contest is not winner-take-all. That means the candidate will be awarded a proportional amount of the 193 delegates.
For the Republicans, the contest is winner-take-all only in the event of a majority victory, which is extremely unlikely if the nomination is still undecided. More likely, Texas will be divvied up proportionally for the 140 delegates.
In short, what this means (and I know it's going to be tough to get a hold on this): Texans might have an impact on the Presidential race.
I know I just blew your fucking mind, but it's true. You actually might be able to have your vote count for something. I know it's never happened before, but there's a decent chance it could happen.
There is a caveat though: while it is an open primary, meaning you can vote for the Republican or Democratic nominee, you can obviously only vote in one or the other. So you have to choose where you want to have an impact.
Now, this means you might have to become educated about the candidates. I know it's a pain and all, and the last place I recommend going to is the TV.
But back to us for a second.
While a few months ago the thought of voting in the Republican primary would made the hairs on the back of DMS's neck stand up, we're just about ready to take a big shit on the Democratic party for good. Don't get us wrong, we still like Obama, almost as much as we did back when we saw him (and touched his hand!) way back when. But while we'd still consider voting for him in the general election, the fact that so many Democrats are being swayed (whether they admit it or not) by Bill Clinton and Hilary's gross misrepresentation of Obama's words, to the point where they become flat out lies, and Hilary's teary-eyed moment, it just makes me want to send a big middle finger to the Democratic party once and for all. I fucking give up with you a-holes. You have no spine and you obviously never will.
Trust me: if Obama actually loses South Carolina today, this blog is going to fucking explode.
All this leads us to the one person left in either party who voted against the war in Iraq (now that Dennis Kucinich has dropped out): Ron Paul.
We're starting to like him. A lot. And we could easily see us voting for him for the Texas primary. We're not ready to officially endorse him yet (trust us: you can have your New York Times, the Dear Mr. Supercomputer endorsement is wayyyy more influential), but we do recommend you at least became educated about his (and the rest of the candidates' I suppose) platform. And once you do, commit to vote in the first election in your lifetime in which Texans may actually influence the nation.
Oh yeah. Here's an mp3.
Rufus Wainwright - "Going to a Town"
"I'm gonna make it up for all of the Sunday Times
I'm gonna make it up for all of the nursery rhymes
They never really seem to want to tell the truth
I'm so tired of you America."