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Monday, Bloody Monday

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Ahhh, I love the smell of politics in the air. My degree is actually in political science, and I luuuurv me some politics. I would bet money that the primaries contributed to my high blood pressure in the third trimester.

I’m like a junkie whenever the debates are on. I have to listen to every last opinion on what the analysts think. And when the actual election happens…well, lets just say that I don’t get any sleep that night. I usually scour the cable news channels, watching every last update until they declare a winner.

On Monday morning, the Republican National Convention started in St. Paul, my hometown. Of course, we gave them a real Minnesota welcome.

I don’t think I’m the only Minnesotan who wondered why in the world the Republicans decided to have it here. Minnesota is a hippie state. The small minority who aren’t granola-munching, hemp-wearing liberals¬† are actually even farther out there and worship at the altar of the Independent parties. Ralph Nader had a field day up here. Heck, we even voted in a professional wrestler as governor! Paul Wellstone really typified the sort of politics that happen up here. Yeah yeah, I know the Republicans would love to turn Minnesota into a red state, but I really don’t see that happening. We haven’t voted for a Republican president since Nixon in 1972, and boooy did we learn from our mistake!

But seriously, I may be a card-carrying member of the Democratic party, but why did the damn anarchists have to come and ruin a perfectly good peaceful protest? (Ok, I realize that sounds pretty funny, as anarchy is all about chaos.) There were thousands of people who came and protested in a lawful manner, and then a small group of idiots show up to riot, ruining the impact of those who were really making an effort. They had to call in the National Guard for goodness sakes!

I was going to go to the rally myself, and now I’m glad that I didn’t. When a riot brakes out, the lines blur and the police can make mistakes about who is involved. I certainly don’t need a face full of tear gas. I’m really glad that I didn’t decide to go back to work until next week. I don’t even want to think about how bad the traffic and parking was this week.

In knitting news, I finished the first sock, and then started a pair of baby booties from my Happy Feet yarn. When I’m done with the booties I’ll finish the second sock. I think I’ll call them the RNC socks and booties. I may even get some time to do it this weekend, as Andy and Aidan are going to the cabin with my in-laws, and I am going with Jamie to Milwaukee to visit my parents. I’m sure I can convince someone to hold the baby while I pick up my knitting needles. That’s what grandparents are for, right?

I leave you with one of my favorite quotes of all time.


Written by Milwaukee Knit Chick

September 4, 2008 at 11:26 pm

Posted in Politics