I voted today. It was in the Democrats Abroad primary, something I did not even know existed until this year, but apparently it’s happened for the last couple of elections.
The polling place was my least favorite restaurant/pub/bookstore in Prague, the only business establishment in the city which I refuse to patronize. It’s not because they’re overpriced, although they are, or that their food is nothing special, which it’s not. I used to go there occasionally, and we had our poetry readings there for a long time. But, they don’t want to carry my books, so fuck them. I even missed a poetry reading there a couple of months ago, and I almost never miss a chance to read my poetry on stage, that’s how much I hate The Globe.
But, this was important, and I didn’t have to buy anything, so after my classes (which went fairly well today although, as is often the case, I was horrified to realize that some of my students have an information retention span of less than 10 seconds) I took a tram into the center, filled out a form to join Democrats Abroad, sat down at a table and filled out a ballot, and plonked it in the box for Bernie Sanders. It felt good.
I’m a bit nervous. If we don’t win at least 3 or 4 states, we’re in big trouble. I don’t expect the press to pay any attention to the Democrats abroad race, with its 21 delegates, but I think we might win it. Vermont is a gimme, and I’m pretty sure we’ll take Massachusetts. I’ve got a friend in Colorado caucusing for Bernie, and I’ve got high hopes there. We could win Minnesota. Maybe Oklahoma. I’d be delirious if we won Texas, but that may be wishful thinking.
Whatever the outcome, it is on to the next, and the fight continues. We’ve got the better candidate. There is no doubt about that.