Although I don’t often politicize on this blog, it’s probably plain that my electoral sympathies tend to swing toward the Democratic party. This as prelude to the following link to an essay by Adam McKay at The Huffington Post titled “We’re Gonna Frickin’ Lose This Thing,” which echoes much of what I’ve been saying to folks around the department lately. An excerpt:
“Stop saying that!” my wife says to me. But this is not a high school football game and I’m not a cheerleader with a bad attitude. This is an election and as things stand now, we’re gonna frickin’ lose this thing. Obama and McCain at best are even in the polls nationally and in a recent Gallup poll McCain is ahead by four points.
Something is not right. We have a terrific candidate and a terrific VP candidate. We’re coming off the worst eight years in our country’s history. Six of those eight years the Congress, White House and even the Supreme Court were controlled by the Republicans and the last two years the R’s have filibustered like tantrum throwing 4-year-olds, yet we’re going to elect a Republican who voted with that leadership 90% of the time and a former sportscaster who wants to teach Adam and Eve as science? That’s not odd as a difference of opinion, that’s logically and mathematically queer.
My own arguments coincide with McKay’s on the Republicans’ urge to play as cheap and dirty as they please, and although he raises some good points about the (lack of) a responsible press in the U.S., I think the so-called Bradley Effect is what (along with Republican scheming, lying, and cheating) will cost Barry O the election.