This one is fairly autobiographical. I supported President George W. Bush in the 2000 election. I remember voting for him, though when I checked my math I would have only been 17 at the time, so I’m not sure if I was actually old enough to have voted.
Usually my memory is pretty solid, so maybe it is fuzzy here out of shame. In any case, I supported the man and rooted him on, even celebrating his obviously tainted victory over Gore. And it is a bit of a dark secret when I share it with the people here in the uber liberal Bay Area.
No one has ever acted this severely when I’ve told them, of course. But I have gotten some funny reactions. I think maybe people aren’t totally shocked if they know me very well, as I tend to be fairly conservative in my views, especially in comparison to my surroundings.
By the time 2004 came around I was strongly against Bush and regretted my initial support. I found it hard to believe anyone could support him, much less reelect him!
Why did I support him in 2000? You can find that out in the next Optimistically Cynical, and afterward I will blog about it in more detail.