There was a time when people would not tell you who they voted for in a political race. But now politics is like a lifestyle for some.
That leads me to my brief encounter last week. I was chatting with a an African American man who's part of a union and very politically active here in Houston. He identifies himself as a committed Democrat.
However, what the voter told me was surprising. He says when he went to the polls to vote early last week he left one column on the ballot blank. He said he decided not to vote in the Governor's race in Texas.
That contest puts former Houston Mayor Bill White against incumbent Rick Perry.
I asked the man why he didn't vote for White if he's a committed Democrat. That man says in simple terms he could never forgive White for snubbing President Barack Obama when he came to Texas a few months.
That man is essentially saying he's willing to sacrifice the top seat in Texas government because of his perceived disrespect of the President.
That is the tone I'm hearing from lots of African Americans who in some cases are pinching their nose for that bad smell as they reluctantly vote for Bill White in the Governor's race.
What else could Bill White have done?
Well he could have been more honest to his real views and his real past... he could have embraced the whole angle that hey Obama is the president so we might as well have someone in office who gets along with him and can influence him and prevent the president from attacking Texas... unlike Rick who seems to be in a battle with Obama on everything...
Rick was always going to tie White to Obama anyway... Bill White might as well have not snubbed such an important part of his party's base...