With the polls in Obama’s favor and the view of most pundits (not, of course, the consummate asshole Fred Barnes) that the election is his, I sit waiting for the expected dirty trick that Republicans are so good at pulling off. Whether it is voting machine manipulation or keeping voters away from the polls, or coming out with a new lie which is big enough to shake folks up, I don’t know. But the last couple of Presidential elections have left me damned worried.
I get nervous when I see replays of joking comments like “McCain’s not a Maverick… he’s a sidekick” because I remember Ann Richardson getting a big laugh when she said George W. “was born with a silver foot in his mouth.”
And politicians cracking jokes have hurt the Republican side as well. I remember Giuliani (and Palin) at the Republican Convention making fun of Obama having been a “community organizer.” And on the news this morning as the usual pundits evaluated the success of each of the campaigns, they attributed the great strength of the Democrats to the “organization” of the Obama team and volunteers.
So I sit watching the last speeches and get ready to volunteer this afternoon at the Obama office in Shepherdstown. And I’ll be glad when it is all over.
Please get out and vote… and vote for Obama/Biden.