Although this isn't a "normal" way to grow up, I'm glad I grew up in this sort of environment. My parents taught me from a young age the importance of being invested and involved in the political process. Since my parents didn't necessarily agree with each other most of the time I got to hear both sides of almost every argument on just about every issue.
What started as family dinner conversation grew into a passion. I don't think that The West Wing helped anything on that front. I was OBSESSED with that show in 7th grade and used to chat about the story lines with my history teacher (as a side note, how great is the cast of The West Wing??? I mean seriously, look at that cast! Rob Lowe! Allison Janney! Martin Sheen!!). In college I majored in Political Science, specifically I graduated from the American Government department.
Right now I am VERY excited to be in South Carolina. Last night was the New Hampshire primary which means they are onto South Carolina! Virginia is never an exceptionally important state in the primary process because it's usually one of the Super Tuesday states or the primary is so late that the candidate has already been decided. But not now. And what happens in South Carolina is going to matter. And I'm going to be here to witness it. I would just about die if I had the opportunity to meet one of the candidates.
Even though I can't participate in the primary (I'm a registered voter in Virginia), I am so excited to have the opportunity to get to witness the process. The ads are all over TV and I'm sure (and sooner rather than later) the candidates will start showing up in charming Charleston. I love the democratic process. And even more I love when people get excited about engaging in that process. Here's to the next two weeks - can't wait to see what they have in store.
*As I love politics, I do have rather defined political views. I enjoy talking about politics, but I try not to use this blog as a means of putting my political ideas out into the blogosphere. This post is simply intended as a way of me sharing a passion with my readers without engaging in the political nitty-gritty.