Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Almost there...

Less than two weeks to go. I'm emotionally exhausted, nervous as hell, and quite honestly feel like I'm holding my breath until it's over. The only things keeping me sane at the moment are the Daily Show and the Colbert Report. It's really good to laugh, even if it's a somewhat bitter, nervous laugh.

With more and more revelations emerging about McCain's campaign and the GOP (Sarah Palin's $150,000 clothing expenditure, the voter fraud in California that actually consisted of voter fraud instead of a misrepresentation of law-abiding behavior, the anti-American/real America views of Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin), and the clear signal from the intelligent real Republicans that the McCain campaign has gone in a direction that is erratic, unstable, and profoundly troubling for anyone looking for a leader for tough economic times, the chances of Obama winning seem better and better.

It is somewhat uplifting to find that in a time of crisis, Obama can reach across party lines and draw in Republicans unhappy with their own party despite their fears about his potentially liberal policies. I think it's clear that what we'll have if we elect Obama is a president who really will listen to what others have to say, and who will be decisive and strong in his actions both in terms of economic policy and in terms of foreign policy.

It's much less uplifting that the term 'socialist' post-third debate quickly became a talking point of the campaign. I honestly thought it would fade sooner. McCain's been the socialist sounding one, and as many have pointed out, and Palin is from the closest thing we have to a socialist state, if you consider that Alaska gives all its residents an annual check from money it collects from the oil industry. It's also funny that Obama ends up being the one emulating Ronald Reagan. Does that mean the country was so much more to the left in the early 1980s than it is now that today St. Ronny would be considered a *gasp* socialist? Scary thought. Anyway, no one discussing this seems to have a clue what socialist actually means.

Anyway. I'm on pins and needles. There is a right and a wrong choice in this election. Usually that's not the case, but we're in the middle of a crisis and we need leadership. As Colin Powell so eloquently put in his endorsement of Obama:
"I think he is a transformational figure. He is a new generation coming into the world--onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I'll be voting for Senator Barack Obama."


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