It's been difficult for me to dive into the foreign waters of Rio Grande Valley politics. From the time I was a kid, sitting excitedly in front of the TV to watch the State of the Union address, I've always had a keen interest in the BIG picture, and politics on a national level were the be-all, end-all for me. Now that I've grown older and formed my own version of a progressive ideology, I've come to realize that yes, the personal is political, and all politics ultimately start at the local level.
As I've started slow, I wont be up to par with the existing RGV politicos that know the game, the players, and the secret plays. The Ramon Garcia vs. JD Salinas race, for instance has boiled down to a personal choice between an old friend of the family vs. the big brother of a cowboy I used to date. Ramon is no doubt spending more on the campaign than the salary he will receive if re-elected, but JD has chosen to go negative on his first commercial. Thus far, I foresee a nasty race in which the incumbent will win, the challenger will bow out gracefully, and Hidalgo county will go back to business as usual.How's that for half-assed defeatism?