I met a middle-aged, scraggly gray-haired woman this weekend when I was pressing the flesh on the steamy hot campaign trail. I engaged her in conversation about the upcoming election, and began a litany of accomplishments made in the past two legislative sessions. Increased funding for education, fighting for transportation, the defense of health care, etc., etc. The woman looked at me listlessly. She said:
"I don't care about any of that. My only concern is banning dove-hunting. I know a lot of people who are going to fight against dove-hunting, and we want a candidate who's going to fight with us. Where does your guy stand on dove-hunting?"
Uhhh. Not knowing where my candidate stands on dove-hunting, I offered some lit with his e-mail address. Someone will be happy to get back to her on that issue.
The incident, while humorous and odd, brings up a good question. In the face of so many other problems, what makes a person chuck it all and show concern only for doves? Why do one-issue voters exist, and what is their motivation? Also, if you were going to vote on just one issue, what would it be and why?