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I have shifted slowly on some issues with increased life experiences.
For example, now I often split tickets in general elections, but also try to always vote in the primaries to try and tamp down radicals so they don't end up on the ballot in the general election and present people with a Faustian choice.
I suspect that sometimes, due to the traditionally low turnout in the primaries, that sometimes opposing party supporters will vote in the other primary specifically to put a weak candidate on the ballot that they can better defeat in the general election.
For example, in 2008, I know people who voted in the Democrat primary specifically to stop Hillary from getting the nomination, assuming that Obama didn't have much of a chance of winning. Everyone around here was terrified of the possible of a President Hillary Clinton.
That's why a lot of people in 2016, facing their worst nightmare, held their nose and voted for Trump - not because they really supported Trump, but because they saw Hillary as far worse. Some people were making comparisons of having to choose between Calligula and Nero. or Hitler and Stalin.
I'm sure that shifted, too. Coronavirus pandemic economic damage seems to be worse in the deep blue cities and states than in the red states where there have been more infections per capita.
Deep blue states shut down almost completely and their economies are spiraling down. Trump was right when he singled out blue states in the debate, but Biden said, we are all one country. I think he missed the point. But the economies are very bad due to the extreme shutdowns.
A little more than a week.
Deep blue states shut down almost completely and their economies are spiraling down. Trump was right when he singled out blue states in the debate, but Biden said, we are all one country.
Yeah - I have noticed the difference, as have many others, who are close to New Mexico in Texas, and those who regularly go back and forth between the two states.
Most of those in the borderland areas are coming to Texas to shop and eat out and generally get vehicle maintenance done and other things.
I picked up some pocket change this week making a run to a town in southeastern New Mexico to deliver some stuff because the stores in Odessa-Midland are open for a reasonable amount of time, while Hobbs NM practically has shut down everything except oil field related stuff in the remote areas. Since Hobbs rolls up the streets several hours before a typical oil worker's workday ends, and doesn't open stores until after most have to be at work - we're calling that "Covid Savings Time" - which I've heard multiple people say on the air - there's a lot of them who drive the extra hundred miles each way to go to Odessa and shop for essentials.
As a result of continued short hours in NM, as well as the risk of being trapped there if they ever come up with enough bureaucratic personnel to actually enforce statewide quarantines and keep healthy people from exiting the state, businesses in Kermit, Monahans, Odessa, Midland, are staying busy with a LOT of cars and trucks with NM license plates seen on the streets.
Meanwhile, the majority of traffic freely crossing the state line are 18 wheelers who have been protected under federal mandate so essential goods can be delivered.
Fortuately in small places like Jal, Eunice, Dexter, Tatum, Lovington, etc. and rural areas of NM, you can get away with a lot of travel as long as you don't raise red flags by trying to book a motel or something. Thus you see a lot of people sleeping in cars by the side of roads and in parking lots to avoid leaving a paper trail.