But political chat around the water cooler is non-existent. And people just don't really seem to talk about it in their day-to-day lives. Maybe it's because I don't really have any friends yet. I'm used to talking about politics all the time. At work, with friends, at my volunteer jobs. So maybe once I make some friends, it will come up in conversation more. Or maybe not. Maybe in Portland I was just in a hyper-charged political environment, and now I'm not.
It's not that I mind so much. It's just weird. It's different, like everything here.
Although, I suppose that Hawaii has been a liberal, Democratic state for so long that the outcomes of elections don't seem to be in much question. The Republicans are starting to get a foothold. I think that's largely due to the fact that they're new and different, after some 50-odd years of Democrats. But it's not a strong foothold. There is no question, for example, that Obama will win here. So really, what is there to talk about?
Last night we went to the movies. Hubby was wearing his "Mario Luigi '08" t-shirt. The young lady who sold us our tickets looked at his shirt and said, "I'd vote for them." We chuckled and she added, "Anybody would be better than McCain." We chuckled again and moved on.
When I thought about it later, I found it interesting that she felt comfortable enough to share her opinion openly like that. I wonder how much of it was due to Hawaii's inherent liberalness. Or maybe we just don't look like McCain voters. Whatever it was, it was nice to hear someone's opinion.