Well, the Vermont primaries have passed and boy am I relieved.
That’s a lie. As of press time the primaries have not even started. (They do start tomorrow so if you live in Vermont go and do the right thing- Vote for a democratic candidate.)
I do know one thing, that when the primaries have passed I can finally start breathing normally again.
See, the trouble started when I began thinking of who I wanted to vote for (if I was old enough to vote, that is). Bartlett was my first choice. She’s local and runs her committee excellently and when we met her she was really charming. Than Markowitz started dancing around in my mind. She’s run the State Department well (I feel like the State Department is like the CIA, as long as you hear nothing about them then they’re doing things just fine) and seems very sincere. Than came the Democratic gubernatorial nominee debate at Sterling College and Shumlin looked good. Than came out the Seven Days’ gubernatorial candidate profiles and they all looked good.
This is when my panic attacks began.
Who to vote for? Raccine? Dunne? Markowitz?
Those flatlanders out there (any one of you not living in Vermont) might be asking right now: Why don’t you choose them based on politics?
This is Vermont, our Democrats are about as distinguishable from each other as two identical starfish. True Bartlett is slightly more moderate than her fellow racers but that doesn’t mean much, moderate in Vermont is still pretty liberal.
A few weeks ago I thought I had figured out that I was voting for Bartlett. We had been eating at a local roadside fry-up and who should pull up but Bartlett! And she got and ice cream and shared it with her dog (they even shared a spoon!) and I was sold!
Not five hours later I was second guessing my executive decision.
One of the troubles with Vermont is that we love our incumbents. A lot. And while the current leader in the polls, Brian Dubie, isn’t exactly the incumbent governor he is the exiting Lt. Gov. and seems to be carrying the incumbency mantle with him. Our trouble now becomes who can beat Dubie. And that’s why I had to support Markowitz.
Shumlin’s mouth is going to get him into trouble (he’s kinda the Biden of Vermont, kinda) and Bartlett (and everyone else running) just doesn’t have the state-wide support.
So I’d vote for Markowitz.
(But I’m still supporting Bartlett in my heart.)