Getting politics involved in your birthday shenanigans is a decidedly poor idea. When it comes to friends and family, there's no place for crossing party lines if you plan on having a good time. You might be an enthusiastic tea party-er, but making that a part of your birthday plans won't get you re-elected. You're more likely to offend someone close to you who doesn't share your worldview. Birthday parties should skew toward to lighter side of life, and politics don't fall into that realm for most folks. Shut the polls down when the birthday cake comes out -- your guests will appreciate it.