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Pretend Primary '08: Because Our Votes Don't Count

We've discussed and debated for two months and now it's time to vote. Residents of Virginia, Maryland and the District won't go to the real polls till Feb. 12, by which time the great majority of states will have already voted and both parties will likely have already pretty much determined who their presidential nominees will be.

So now that we've had a chance to talk about what issues the candidates might have had to confront if they had campaigned in this region of the country, today you get to vote on which Republicans and Democrats would best handle the issues that confront not only all Americans, but particularly those who live in the Washington area.

There are two polls--one Democratic and one Republican--and in the spirit of those states that conduct open primaries, we're asking that you vote in only one of the primaries. Thanks for playing.

Here's the Republican poll:

And here's the Democratic poll:

By Marc Fisher |  December 13, 2007; 6:00 AM ET
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Posted by: Stick | December 13, 2007 6:42 AM

Marc your strangely quiet about all the news in the world of your beloved Boreball.

Maybe you feel a little stupid for all the pro stadium propaganda you forced down our throats now that it's going to be full of doped up drug users and wife beaters?

Posted by: Yeah Baseball | December 13, 2007 9:19 AM

I picked Rudy, just as I plan to do in the real primary, because I want to do my little part to show the GOP that it's OK for a Republican to be divorced, pro-choice, anti-gun, and to support same-sex marriage. That said, there's no chance in hell I'd vote for him in the general election after he's been sucking up to W for six+ years.

Posted by: Spoiler | December 13, 2007 9:55 AM

Both Romney and Huckabee scare me. With the former, it has nothing to do with Romney's Mormonism and everything to do with his blatant pandering to voters who favor theocracy. With the latter, it is because Huckabee sincerely wants theocracy. But I'm not sure which is scarier, the honest desire or the cynical manipulation. I can imagine Romney making a Faustian bargain with the religious right, allowing the James Dobsons and Tony Perkinses to shred the First Amendment in exchange for their support of his own agenda.

Posted by: Tonio | December 13, 2007 10:29 AM

Mark, this is the greatest headline you've ever written. I will be volunteering as an election judge on Feb. 12th, and sadly it won't really much matter will it?

In 2004, John Kerry didn't visit Maryland at all, and John Edwards visited Maryland once. Ironically, George W. Bush has visited Maryland far more often.

Don't stop telling the world how ridiculous this system is, and how disenfranchised non-Iowans are!

Posted by: Deaniac | December 13, 2007 11:01 AM

Who knows, maybe we won't have a nominee crowned in both parties by Feb. 12. Did you ever consider the possibility that late voting states could be more, not less influential? It's unlikely, but if it's ever gonna happen, this is the year. Here's hoping...

Posted by: Free DC | December 13, 2007 11:47 AM

If Rudy wins the nomination, then the Republicans will take the WH regardless of who the Dems pick.

Posted by: John | December 13, 2007 12:01 PM

It looks like the Obama campaign is getting the word out about this poll.

Posted by: Tom T. | December 13, 2007 1:00 PM

You did not list my two favorite candidates: None of the Above.

Posted by: PSolus | December 13, 2007 6:00 PM

I'm for a very strong military, capable of moving at a moments notice. We live in a very dangerous world, and our freedoms are at stake. Do not choose a president who is not willing --or capable of being--to be a strong Commander-in-Chief. It is time we started mining for silver, gold, and oil in this country because importing these resources daily is not a longterm solution.

Posted by: ArmyVet | December 13, 2007 6:40 PM

Tuesday, January 8th, will be Independents Day for Hillary Clinton. Senator Clinton's campaign of presidential inevitability has collided with historical American reality. American voters are instinctively annoyed by pretentious politicians in general, and especially those with a sense of political entitlement. When spin with the wind arrogance is added to the mix, only losing integrity becomes inevitable.

Sure, America's electorate is sometimes fickle, blind and gullible. However, we're never genuinely stupid. Since the founding of our country, inside every American is an Independent activist. Having discovered that Democrats and Republicans are the left and right wings of a rotting bird, the proponents of special interest status quo governance will face future electoral cremations.

Despite some early dysfunction and distractions, being an Independent voter has increasingly become this century's best option in national and local politics. Truly democratic common sense governance focused on "We the People" is the core belief of this reemerging political force rooted in our nation's creation. Autocratic bureaucracies, corporate manipulation, and special interest agendas are the poisons being purged by this century's patriots of democracy.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, including several of her Republican contemporaries, has become the iconic political dinosaur trying to function in a world that is rapidly rendering her species extinct. Even the hype of being a woman presidential candidate holds little credibility compared to being the best choice for a more discerning Independent electorate.

Notwithstanding popular perception, Independent voters network, organize, strategize, and are expanding. New Hampshire, like Iowa, is the tolling bell signaling Senator Clinton's attention that politics and politricks as usual died when she tried to politically strangle Independent voters in America's first capital, New York City. New Hampshire's Independents are a major voting bloc. Despite attempts to revise her rhetoric, the inevitability of Mrs. Clinton presiding in the new capital decisively ends on a unusually warm winter's day in the "Granite State."

Dennis Moore
District of Columbia Independents for Citizen Control (DCICC)

Posted by: Dennis Moore | January 5, 2008 1:42 PM

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