Today on Air America's The Thom Hartmann Show, the host held a straw poll. He dumped the phone lines, and told people to call in with just an answer to the question, "if you could vote today, who would you vote for for President?" The results were surprising. . .even baffling.
John Edwards was the winner by a landslide. Dennis Kucinich also did very well, though he only got around half what Edwards did. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson and Al Gore all garnered one vote apiece. And Joe Biden and Mike Gravel got no votes at all.
This was a brief five-minute call-in to a radio show, which may for some reason skew to Edwards' and Kucinich's demographics or something, but I was still surprised. Hartmann is a fairly standard Liberal, not too fringy or nutty or anything. And the straw poll wasn't hyped endlessly, so the Edwards and Kucinich camps would not have had time to rally their forces. But even if they did, isn't that what voting is all about?
This primary season could be more interesting than we've been lead to believe.