The Unbearable Anxiety of Waiting
I tried to be as reassuring about that outcome as I had tried to be about the economy initially, but I read the polls...I know it's close...and I've witnessed an absolutely unfathomable outcome in the previous two presidential elections, so to tell you the truth (sorry Jane), I'm not entirely sure. Yes, some polls show him way ahead, but we've learned that those are essentially fortune cookies aphorisms (occasionally they coincide with reality, but you'd have to be daft to believe they're truly prescient).
And to be entirely honest, it's difficult for me to focus on much else other than the outcome either. It's become such an obsession that I'm dreaming about the election and find myself checking the political blogs more than I do the stock market during the day. While on the Huffington Post recently, I saw Larry David is suffering from the very same obsession:
I think Larry is right that regardless of who wins our lives will go on, so long as you consider sleeping in a cardboard box under a bridge some sort of life (sorry, I broke my fearmongering rule again). But in all seriousness (seriously) I'm not so sure my faith in this country stands much of a chance if McCain wins. I've never seen an American political party that needed to spend some quiet time rethinking its values as much as today's GOP. In their endorsement for Obama for President, the New York Times succinctly spelled out why:
I can't take much more of this. Two weeks to go, and I'm at the end of my rope. I can't work. I can eat, but mostly standing up. I'm anxious all the time and taking it out on my ex-wife, which, ironically, I'm finding enjoyable. This is like waiting for the results of a biopsy. Actually, it's worse. Biopsies only take a few days, maybe a week at the most, and if the biopsy comes back positive, there's still a potential cure. With this, there's no cure. The result is final. Like death.Five times a day I'll still say to someone, "I don't know what I'm going to do if McCain wins." Of course, the reality is I'm probably not going to do anything. What can I do? I'm not going to kill myself. If I didn't kill myself when I became impotent for two months in 1979, I'm certainly not going to do it if McCain and Palin are elected, even if it's by nefarious means. If Obama loses, it would be easier to live with it if it's due to racism rather than if it's stolen. If it's racism, I can say, "Okay, we lost, but at least it's a democracy. Sure, it's a democracy inhabited by a majority of disgusting, reprehensible turds, but at least it's a democracy." If he loses because it's stolen, that will be much worse. Call me crazy, but I'd rather live in a democratic racist country than a non-democratic non-racist one.
The United States is battered and drifting after eight years of President Bush’s failed leadership. He is saddling his successor with two wars, a scarred global image and a government systematically stripped of its ability to protect and help its citizens — whether they are fleeing a hurricane’s floodwaters, searching for affordable health care or struggling to hold on to their homes, jobs, savings and pensions in the midst of a financial crisis that was foretold and preventable.With that as your party's legacy, if you truly were pro-American, you would withdraw from the race voluntarily. At the very least, you would purposely sabotage your own campaign. You would pick a running mate so entirely unqualified that you could blame her for what you yourself hoped would be your party's loss...hmm...wait a minute...maybe McCain is truly pro-American.
Is it Nov 4th yet?