Saturday my wife and I went to the Utah County Republican Party convention, and it was relatively tame. It was her first opportunity to go, and it was nice because I was glad we could do some of my political stuff together, because it can drag. This convention was different though. I've never seen it be more efficient. We were out by 11:30, and some of that was because we didn't have any contested votes at the county level, and some was because we need to get the Convention Chair to permanently chair our convention.
The most important part of it for me was it was another chance to hear from the Congressional candidates. I like David Leavitt and Chris Cannon quite a bit, but Jason Chaffetz rubbed me the wrong way. First, he took some snarky digs at both Leavitt and Cannon, and I certainly didn't appreciate it. Second, he ended his speech with the line "God bless you, and God bless America" like he's the President of the Freaking United States of America. Shut your piehole, Chaffetz, you aren't. Don't patronize me with your crap. I'm still going to hear him out because I haven't had an opportunity yet, but my chances of voting for him are about .05% right now. I really liked what Leavitt had to say (especially when he said "we need to stop blaming everything on the Democrats" then proceeded to say where the Republican Party has failed over the past 6 years) - he's articulate, he's got some charisma, and he's sharp. Cannon...it's tough. I really like Chris Cannon. He's been a good Congressman, but I can see what Leavitt is saying when he says he's a majority style Congressman - he's blustery and loud. That's my biggest problem with him in general. It's why I'm about 50/50 between Leavitt and Cannon, and it's something that really has me stumped. I think I will probably not make my decision until I actually vote. I might be leaning slightly towards Leavitt, but it's really so up in the air that I just don't know what to do.