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Finally, the End

If you listen closely, you might be able to hear a loud, collective sigh of relief rolling across the countryside.  Tomorrow, it will finally be over.  No more stump speeches, no more mind-numbing negative ads, no more insanely obscene outlays of money to get our attention.  And I don’t even live in a “battleground” state.  The ads we get are mostly local ones.  Well, except for the congressional ads and in a sense they’re local as well.

Of course we may not know the presidential results right away.  For reasons that I don’t comprehend, it’s pretty close.  The odds certainly favor President Obama, but you never know.  His Ohio-Iowa-Wisconsin firewall seems to be holding, but it could still be a close call.  There won’t be any landslides this year.

If Obama does win, the Republican Party will likely wind up in an internal civil war.  The moderate wing of that party (or what’s left of it) will have to challenge the far right for supremacy.  If the moderates lose that fight, the next presidential cycle won’t be nearly as close.  Demographically, the United States is changing – rapidly.  By 2016 the current version of the Republican Party will have a significantly reduced chance of winning anything at the federal level.  For any chance at all, they’ll need to make their membership “tent” a lot bigger.  Which means a lot more minorities (especially Hispanics), women, and young people.  To do that, there will have to be some ideological changes as well.

In any case, tomorrow will be an interesting day (and night).  And of course I’m being facetious when I say that it will be “the end”.  In this country, politics never ends.  We just start all over again.  Within a week the talking heads will be discussing potential candidates for the 2016 election.  But at least the ads will be over.  That’ll be something, anyway.

If you’re a U. S. citizen, please go and vote.  While I’m a cynic most of the time, I do believe that this is one of the most important things we do as citizens.  If we don’t vote, then we’re letting other people make all the decisions.  Unless you’re a billionaire, your vote is the only leverage you have.  So please use it.


4 Responses to “Finally, the End”

  1. Earl

    The wife and I voted early a week ago. North Carolina is a battleground state and we were bombarded with almost non-stop presidential ads which as you stated were mostly negative. I can’t even tell you what most of them said as I mentally turned off as soon as they came on. I honestly have never felt more disenchanted with the whole dysfunctional political process then I have this year but at the same time I’ve never felt it was more important to vote then at this moment.

    I do like the darker blog theme, Paul. But of course as you noted on my blog I just went to lighter one. 🙂

    • Paul Maxim

      I’ll be a little surprised if Romney doesn’t win NC. If he does lose there, then I think the entire election may not be as close as a lot of people think it will be. And yes, a very important election. A number of things hang in the balance (healthcare, women’s rights, immigration reform, and of course potential Supreme Court nominations). Could be an interesting day, huh?

  2. James Weekes

    We were traveling for the last month before the election. We live in Florida, another battleground state, and had the same endless nasty ads. As we have seen since the election, they didn’t seem to work. I can see a very sweaty Karl Rove in front of the Koch brothers in my head.

    Anyway, we ran into some Aussies and they said that they always vote, the main reason being, that, if you don’t vote you get a big fine. A good way to dispel voter apathy!

    • Paul Maxim

      I’m guessing you were lucky to be “out-of-town” for that last month. Here in NY we saw very few presidential ads – not much point, I suppose, in a state as “blue” as this one.

      Interesting that you mention Australians. When we were in Page, AZ in October we met a very nice Australian woman who wanted to talk about American politics. She was a little hesitant because previous attempts to talk with Americans about the presidential election had been met with disinterest. She was very surprised that so many people here didn’t much care about it. Anyway, we had a good discussion. Turns out that she thought Mitt Romney was a little “weird”. Don’t know how she could have gotten that impression…………


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