For a while, I avoided politics on my blog. Recently, I've decided to wade in. I want to be very clear where I stand. Sites like The Dead Pelican are most useful when you know where the author stands. Full disclosure of crucial details, like Jeff Crouere's (of Bayou Buzz) unsuccessful campaign against Mitch Landrieu and Silas Lee's work for the Nagin administration, should be out there.
I'm a registered Independent. I lean to the right on some things, while others I'm on the left. I balance out in the middle. I'm sure about this because all of my liberal friends think I'm a buddies with Pat Robertson and all of my conservative friends think I'm an America-hatin' commie in league with Hugo Chavez. When you're a moderate, it's really scary A: how wide the idealogical gap is and B: how neither side really comprehends A.
I have never worked for any politician.
I have attended exactly 1 political rally: Wesley Clark's rally at the Lakefront Airport.
I have donated money to only one politician: $50 to Rob Couhig's mayoral campaign. I 'm ashamed to admit it, but I'm going to be honest. I was suckered in by the Times-Picayune profile of him, his willingness to take tough stands that he knew would alienate some voters, and his zeal in kicking Nagin in the teeth during the debates. Damn do I wish I had that 50 bucks back.
UPDATE- In an effort to be as open as possible and not in any way get into a situation like Bill O'Reilly. It's not as though I think I'm going to get in trouble. I'm just following the Nakedness principle.
Here's my voter registration card: (some parts obscured for my privacy)
Note the registration date and the party affiliation.
PS- I don't know what some of the numbers mean. If there's something I should censor, PLEASE LET ME KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!