And here’s the back story:
Though I haven’t written much about it here, I am an Obama supporter and volunteer, and fairly passionate about it. I follow the campaign closely, I’ve given a little money, and I’ve headed up to Missouri a few times to assist in the get-out-the-vote efforts; I’ll be doing that again the week of the election, as I feel my effort is better spent there than in Memphis. (Missouri is a battleground state; Tennessee is not.)
Now I don’t expect everyone in my life to agree with me on politics; my best friend, for instance, is pulling for McCain, though not as strongly as I am for Obama, and we had a great time watching the VP debate together mocking one another’s candidate. She jokes that she has to match every dollar I donate to Obama with a contribution to the RNC.
But that’s my best friend. I have another friend whom I’ve known just as long, who is, like me, in her late thirties. She is quite vocal about disliking the Bush administration in particular and Republicans in general, whom she thinks are actively and irredeemably racist, evil, and incompetent (a claim I wouldn’t make). Nonetheless, she is NOT registered to vote and says she can’t be bothered to; she doesn’t believe her vote makes any difference. So she’ll bitch endlessly, but not DO anything about it.
As you may gather, Friend Number Two is pissing me off. Am I being irrational or unfair? I mean, in a sense she’s right; we both live in Memphis, a city sure to go for Obama in a state that is sure not to, so her hypothetical Obama ballot won’t make any real difference; and my plans to go to Missouri are born of not dissimilar motives. Even so, her apathy really bothers me, far more than Friend Number One’s active opposition; I just got short an IM exchange with her because she is so blase about the matter.