The Saturday meeting (3rd District, WV Federation of Democratic Women) went very well. We were disappointed that our Congressman and Governor declined our invitation to attend and speak, but those who did present information more than made up for their absence.
The political climate here in West Virginia has gone from true-blue to purple. And it's a kind of reddish-purple, since the Governor and our freshman Senator are widely regarded as Democrats in Name Only (DINOs). Our true-blue Senator, Jay Rockefeller, is retiring after this term. The announced Republican candidate for his seat has won her Congressional district for several years. No Democrat has come out swinging against her yet. Here's the frontrunner … but she hasn't announced.
Two of WV's three Congressional representatives are Republican. My Congressman, the only Democrat, is facing a tough, tough challenge in 2014. Tough. He's been sliding to the right of center this past year, trying to hold onto a base that has been anti-Obama (and, thus, anti-Democrat) since January 20, 2009.
The state legislature is in disarray, with the Democratic majority sliced to the thinnest of margins in the past election. My county's three Delegates are now all Republicans. Southern WV (where I live) didn't really want to secede from the Confederacy during the Civil War, and they're making sure we know it now, 150 years later.
All of this is to say that the meeting helped those of us who attended understand clearly that we have everything to lose if we don't get out the Democratic vote in 2014. I know it seems a little early to be so concerned, but believe me – it's not.
In other news … I took an eight-mile walk yesterday morning followed by a two-and-a-half mile walk in the afternoon. I hadn't planned on the afternoon walk, but a friend's horse escaped his paddock Saturday evening and didn't come back. My options were:
- Mow lawn
- Clean house
- Be part of the search party
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Middle of Nowhere.
Finally, it's Monday, and that means I stepped on the scale … and saw the same number I saw last Monday. I'm a little disappointed, because I was down a couple pounds mid-week. If the past few months' history holds true, I should have a nice drop next Monday.
This is the third time this year I've stayed the same weight from the previous week. I think I've had three small gains since April 7 (when I began the paleo plan). Generally, though, the trend has been down-down-down, and I'm within spitting distance of a 50-pound total loss.
That's HUGE. In more ways than one.