"The world is not a lodging-house at Brighton, which we are to leave because it is miserable. It is the fortress of our family, with the flag flying on the turret, and the more miserable it is the less we should leave it."
-G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
This here blog is a glimpse or two or three at the condition of the 'fortress of our family' through the eyes Timothy Goddard, a Christian writer with an unhealthy interest in politics living in the Puget Sound area.
Today's an interesting day in Washington politics, as it marks the first time we've had a remotely normal primary since 1935. Our outlandish "blanket primary," in which anyone can vote for anyone, regardless of party, was struck down last year. Now, we have a slightly more regular primary. Anyone can still vote for anyone--but only the anyones in one specific party. For an entertaining study in contrasts, read this commentary on the new Washington primary by Washingtonian Matt Rosenberg, and then read this commentary on the virtually identical Minnesota primary by St. Paul of Fraters Libertas.
I'm in favor of the new primary. I'm a Republican, and I don't want Democrats having a say in the choosing of my nominees. I'm not too thrilled about letting independents have a say either, though it's certainly not a deal-breaker. This puts me in the minority here, but I'm used to that.