Earlier today I puttered on down to the delightfuly named W. H. Kiester Elementary School, conveninetly located right along the shortest route between my house and the big JMU Parking Deck, and cast my vote for Barack Obama. Fearing long lines I brought with me the new issue of Magic magazine, expecting to have some time to read.
As it turned out, I was pretty much the only one there. Presumably things will liven up after work, but I coasted right through. Felt cheated. Now I am sitting in my office, killing time until my 3:30 calculus class, and looking forward to watching the returns tonight (no doubt flipping over occasionally to the USA Network to check up on the House marathon.)
It is absolutely beyond me how this race can still be competitive. How does any mentally healthy person look at the last eight years, compare the two campaigns, and decide that McCain is the better choice to lead the nation?
In this election cycle things have been about as good for the Democrats as they could possibly be. On every major policy issue Bush has been shown to be a complete failure. In the last few weeks the campaign has been dominated by one major policy issue, the economy, that plays right into Democratic strengths and Republican weaknesses. The Obama campaign has been a model of discipline and clarity, hammering a few major themes and exuding calm and confidence. The McCain campaign, on the other hand, has been one long gaffe. Starting with his disastrous choice of Sarah Palin, moving on to his desperate-for-a-gimmick responses to the economic crisis, and concluding with his willingness to hurl any smear he could think of at Obama, the McCain campaign will go in the textbooks right alongside Dukakis ’88 as a model of how not to handle an election.
But the race is still competitive.
If the polls are to be believed Obama is in good shape, He is likely to win. But this is by no means over. This isn’t Dole ’96, where the election returns were just a formality. As I always say, this is fundamentally a right-wing country.
Changing the subject, I think I could tolerate McCain winning as long as Al Franken wins in Minnesota. That one would make me very happy. And it looks like the odious Elizabeth Dole will go down as well. Guess I’ll just have to wait for the returns…