Super Tuesday is always full of mixed feelings for me. My inner policy nerd enjoys the excitement, but it also feels frustrated that Oregon won't have its primary for another three months. The truth is that unless it's a really close race, by the time we get around to mailing our little ballots in (I do LOVE vote by mail! It is something I've really missed any time I've lived out of state!), it's very likely that the eventual nominee will be all but rubber stamped to make it official. It does make it a little challenging to feel an important part of the process.
As of this moment, the votes are still pretty split in both the Democratic and Republican primaries. There will not likely be a final count of actual delegates won tonight. It is almost as exciting as the Oregon Humane Society's Presidential Primary Rat Race fundraiser (all "campaign contributions" going to benefit the pets at the shelter), which featured candidates such as Hillary Rodent Squinten, Packrat OhMama, John McCheese, and Muskrat "Mike" Huckleberry.
Hillary is ahead in the rat poll, but we shall see what tomorrow brings in the real race. Our delegate system sometimes seems maddeningly complicated to me and does nothing for my desire to know NOW. But, as in the rest of life, my impatience will not make it go any faster! I still have high hopes for Obama and found myself feeling increasingly convinced about my support of him I listened to all the early return punditry and talk radio calls today.
Meanwhile, in a totally unrelated celebration of 5 days of meat free living, here is a link to a delicious recipe from Moosewood (actually, it's a link to a number of recipes, but you will find this one between them, if you scroll down):
West African Ground Nut Stew