Prolly should have started this thread two weeks ago. Oh well.
After spending six months more-or-less missing out on the whole political thing, it’s been a bit jarring to come back to the stretch run. Talking with freinds and family, both liberal and conservative, it’s been amusing and a little bit frightening to realize how deeply people are personally invested in politics – I’ve had freinds tell me they will cry for a day if their guy doesn’t win.
I can see both good and bad things coming from the election of either candidate McCain; I would think that most intelligent people could, but perhaps I am mistaken. So, on election eve:
Assume your preferred candidate loses tomorrow. What possible positives can you see coming from this? No backhanded compliments, no “he’ll screw things up so bad we’ll win in 2012” bullshit. **If you can’t say something honestly nice, go elsewhere. ** Since I’m voting for neither major candidate, I’ll do both.
**Obama: **Having a black president would completely transform the dynamic of race relations in this country. It would be a massive step forward, and it would do much to inspire those African-Americans who feel excluded or “outside” mainstream American culture.
McCain: Has a long history of working across party lines, and a willingness to go against his political allies. Given that, and given his age, he might be the best bet for solving or at least ameliorating some of the more intractable political problems – Social Security comes to mind.
There’s a start.
No criticizing my hopes for the above candidates. This is a 100% positive thread. If you want to criticize, open one of the 50 other political threads.