Katie Strumpf
"Helping kids with cancer.......a cancer survivor's story"  

Red State

The Maryland Senate approved same-sex marriages today, and this fills me with pride. As we Terps say, "Let's go Maryland!”  While I have no desire to marry anyone of the same sex, I am very proud of my state. Then I remembered I no longer live in Maryland.

I now live in a red state. Where both Senators are Republican. 

While red is my favorite color, my blood runs blue. True blue. However, I have my political views, and that is exactly what they are. My views that I don't push on anyone else. My view on politics is the same as my outlook on religion, I have my beliefs, and others have theirs. I think Samantha Jones had it right in Sex & The City when she said, "I don't believe in the Democrat or Republican party, I just believe in parties." I have friends on both sides of the political aisle, and I rarely talk about politics with friends. However, I know the political party of just about all of my friends from home, as is the norm in the D.C. metropolitan area. I realized I don't know the political affiliations of new friends in South Carolina. Not that this is a big deal, I am just used to knowing. 

Despite being born in Columbia, S.C., I grew up in the D.C. metropolitan area, therefore, was surrounded by politics. I grew up visiting my dad at his office in the Senate (where he worked for 22 years as Senior Budget Analyst for former Senator Fritz Hollings, Democrat from the red state I now reside in.), and watching my parents dress up for one of Clinton's inaugural balls. My mom wore a turquoise sequined dress, and I thought it was the most beautiful dress ever, and vowed to wear one just like it one day. I did wear one just like it to a Homecoming dance, but cut me some slack, it was the mid-90's! I digress, as usual. I was lucky enough to also work in the Senate, where I met Obama before he was President (I accidentally walked right into him going up the stairs, and the next time I saw him, he called me out on it.), Senator Kennedy, and watch some of the biggest political issues unfold right in front me. I remember the excitement of the city when Obama was inaugurated, and how much fun (and how freezing) Adam and I had going to the concert on the mall, inauguration parties, and the inauguration. I used to run around the Capitol after work before I had to go to my grad school class, and I remember the exhilaration of being right there.

Suffice to say, I am just used to being around politics, because that is D.C. I know that you won't find any stores on the Mall, know where the Well-Dressed Burrito is, to not eat on the Metro and to stand to the right on the escalators, that there is no J Street, that the Hill isn't actually on a Hill, and ate at Ben's Chili Bowl before Obama tried their half-smoke. My homepage is The Washington Post.

That is not to say I am not happy here, because I am really enjoying Charleston. 

I just am used to knowing if you are an elephant or a donkey. 


Political parties

Posted by Katie Strumpf at 11:42 AM on February 25, 2011 | Comments (0)


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