Welcome, or as they say in Uzbekistan…

by Nathan Hamm on 11/4/2004

Xush kelibsiz Instapundit readers! Stick around a while. As far as we know around these parts, there’s pretty much nowhere else in the blogosphere that offers one-stop shopping for all things Central Asia & the Caucasus. If you’ve otherwise, let me know. They shall be assimilated.

I extend hearty thanks to Michael Totten for mentioning me as one of the many Gore in ’00/Bush in ’04 voters he knows. (And, if you’re coming from Instapundit, go check out Michael’s post at his site, the discussion is always stellar).

I should mention that the minor phenomenon of a chunk of voters shifting to Bush from Gore is something that many didn’t notice. Here in Pennsylvania, Nader was stricken from the ballot within the final two weeks of the election. My Green coworker was quite upset, and said that she and many of her friends were considering not voting for a Presidential candidate. She figured Kerry would be safe because, as she put it, “No one who voted for Gore last time will vote for Bush this time.”

I raised my hand from across the room and said that not only I, but many others I’d heard of from across the country who voted for not only Gore, but also Nader in 2000. That statement ended up earning Kerry another vote, it turns out. I don’t think of it that way so much as I think of it as the young curmudgeon that I am as having taught a 32 year old that making compromises in politics is not only rational, but the right thing to do.

Like Michael, I don’t consider myself conservative, though I have been called as such and certainly am moreso than he is. Unlike him though, I voted straight Republican this year for the first time in my life. Why? Were I still an Oregonian, it probably would have been a different story. Well, Philadelphia is monolithically Democratic, and in that kind of environment, the party is extremely corrupt and rhetorically noxious. I won’t reward that.

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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