Archive for 2008 Presidential Election
I thought I requested a mail in ballot several months ago, but when it didn’t arrive by last week I began to wonder. I checked online only to discover we would have to vote in person because our county clerk’s office claimed they never received our requests.
Early voting started on Monday here in Colorado, so this morning we voted. I have to admit I was disappointed that there wasn’t a line, but that is most likely due to the high numbers of requested mail in ballots.
We were offered touch screen or paper ballots and we both opted for the paper ones. I heard on NPR the other night coming home from work that Colorado could be this year’s Florida.
What does it say about our country that we no longer have faith that our votes will be counted?
The first time I wrote this post I was skeptical about Senator McCain’s choice for Vice President. Since this post is now linked to a Fox news item, I decided to rewrite it for all you Fox news folks.
The Democratic National Convention is over so it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get down to the hard work of getting Barack Obama elected.
Here’s an easy way to start getting the message out: send an ecard to everyone in your address book:
You can search the website for existing cards or make your own if you don’t find one that strikes your fancy.
Well, what you are waiting for?!
I was moved by the crowd at Invesco Field in Denver and all the people who spoke from their hearts. If you were watching one of the networks or cable news shows you may have missed some of the best speeches of all. People from around the country who spoke about their lives and how the last eight years have been difficult for them. It seems very arrogant of the media to talk over the speakers; I wanted to reach through the television screen and strangle a couple of them.
It was clear from the crowd that Obama’s speech was a huge hit. This night belonged to the Democrats with hopes of making the country and world a better place. I don’t know when the media began allowing the opposition to rain on others parades, but I don’t like the trend. For once, let us have our moment, let us bask in the glow of a true leader, let us have our opportunity to soak up the significance of nominating the first black man for president. It truly was a momentous event.
Immediately after Obama’s speech, David Brooks was on PBS talking about how disappointed and underwhelmed he was by the speech. Listening to that you had to wonder whether he was watching a different speech! It didn’t take long to realize the coordinated Republican Slime Machine had distributed talking points so the pundits on Fox News, etc., could launch invectives post haste.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the GOP is actually the PPP, the Peter Pan Party, comprised of people who refuse to grow up. No longer able to argue the issues, they resort to name calling and cheap tricks. As an example, I give you this from Newsweek:
The Democratic convention has already moved to Invesco Field, but that hasn’t stopped the GOP from making mischief back at the Pepsi Center. On my walk from the parking structure to the NEWSWEEK workspace this afternoon, I stumbled across a posse of young men and women wearing togas, waving “The One” placards and chanting, in the adoring drone of brainwashed Branch Davidians, “Change! Hope! O-BAM-A!” One sign read “The Temple of O.” I figured they were referring to the neoclassical stage where Obama is planning to accept the Democratic nomination tonight.
“Look to the clouds!” shouted one worshiper.
“Is he descending yet?” asked another.
“He must descend so we can change,” the first one intoned. Then they began singing the word “Obama” to the tune of Handel’s “Messiah.”
When they stopped, I approached and asked who they were representing. “Obama,” said a tall goateed gentlemen. “Obama,” repeated a shorter, clean-shaven woman. “He is ‘The One.'” “What about that McCain sticker on your toga?” I asked, pointing at the McCain sticker on another man’s toga.” “I’m not worthy,” he said. “So I’m supporting McCain.” I didn’t bother to mention the RNC credentials–“A Mile High, One Inch Deep”–dangling from everyone’s belt loops.
As I walked away, a woman who’d traveled from Montana to see Obama’s acceptance speech sidled up beside me. “What did you think of those Obama fans?” I asked. “Stupid,” she said. “All the negative people are voting for McCain.” Then she started the mile-long walk to Invesco.
Do these theatrics work? It’s hard to say but there are people in this country who can’t or won’t think for themselves and the Republican Party targets them relentlessly. I vividly remember, as if it were yesterday, the day after the 2004 election and reading about this headline:
I hope to the depth of my being that a similar headline won’t be news on November 5, 2008.
The pundits continue to push the idea that people are uncertain about Obama because they are unable to make a “gut” decision about him. Or, to put it more simply, they just don’t know enough to decide whether they would want to carpool with him every day.
When did we start deciding presidential elections based on who was most likely to be our BFF? Sorry, but I don’t get it. The candidate could be an alien, for all I care, and I would vote for it as long as I thought the country’s best interests were front and center. It’s really not all about me.