The Gift of Dumb

I was standing at the kitchen counter of the guy I'm seeing last night, watching a bag of Jiffy Pop spin slow circles in the microwave, when he yelled "Listen to this!" from the living room.

My parents live in the South and are staunch Republicans. I usually don't care about politics but lean Democratic and liberal. I live in New York City and know that Obama will win the state handily with or without my vote. So is it O.K. for me to vote for Romney as a birthday present for my mother in lieu of buying her a gift?

Kasey Taylor, New York

"Did you just make that up?" I yelled back.

"I wish," he said.

"Ugh," I grumbled. "Two more days."