NewsIt could boil down to a Snickers bar — or golden sneakers

It could boil down to a Snickers bar — or golden sneakers

Let’s call her Barbara. She doesn’t want to use her real name for reasons that will become clear.

She lives in Virginia, has voted for Donald Trump in the last two elections and until very recently was prepared to vote for him again. She is Baptist, has been married for 15 years to the same man who works for local government and they have an eight-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter. She is a registered Republican and says she has voted in every election since she was 18. She has never crossed party lines to vote for a president but did so in a state race when Danica Roem ran for the state house for the first time. Roem is the first openly transgender woman to be elected to a state office in Virginia. She is now a state senator and Barbara told me that she has voted for Roem every time she has been on the ballot. It might seem odd that a devout Baptist would vote for Roem, but Barbara said it was something Roem spoke about in her first election campaign that changed her mind.

She said Biden finally put a face on an issue that has bothered her personally for a long time.

“Her opponent was talking about what a danger she was to us, but she was the only one that was talking about the huge traffic problems we have near where I live. She was the only one who said she’d try to fix them. I had to drive those roads. My husband drives them for work every day,” Barbara explains. That was why she voted for Roem. “I didn’t tell my husband because I thought he’d be mad. But when it came time to vote, I thought I’d give her a chance. I haven’t regretted it once.”

Roem recalls, “That was the route 28 issue.” She explains that. “It meant a lot to people who live in the area. Constituent service means a lot.”

As it turns out, Barbara’s husband also voted for Roem for the same reason. “We were both surprised. We actually had a laugh at that. But we haven’t told any of our friends,” she revealed.

Now she is considering crossing party lines once again.

“I haven’t made up my mind,” she explains., This time she is talking with her husband, who might also change lanes. She admits she’s been dissatisfied with Donald Trump. “I’ll never vote for him again,” she vows, listing a variety of reasons that include his misogyny, angry rhetoric and divisiveness. “I agree with his policies a lot. I want a border wall. I want to hold the Chinese accountable. I want more conservatives in government,” she noted. But at the end of the day, she concluded,  Trump is “wearing me out.” 

She has former friends she never talks to anymore. “We just don’t get along because of politics and religion.

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