Right now, Colorado is split right down the middle between Obama and McCain. It’s a dead heat at 44% of voters each, which is why Palin was in Englewood the other day accusing Barack Obama of “pallin’ around with terrorists,” the best evidence she has of which is the fistbump Obama once gave his wife and the fact that Obama barely knows some guy who did something when Obama was, like, 8 years old.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and all, of course, and right now I’m not sure there’s anyone in America more desperate than the two people on the GOP ticket.
I get people who support John McCain, though, I’ll admit. I did once, too, long, long ago before he let Bush win the GOP primary back in 1999. Before then, I would have said he seemed like a good guy, and I’d like to see him come along after Bill Clinton. The world would be a much different place if we were currently ending a McCain administration instead of a Bush administration, and I’d wager, in fact, that alternate history wouldn’t have led us to such a bleak and very real present, with its economic crises, illegal espionage, and unjust wars. Back in 1999, McCain seemed like the kind of guy who would have told the world on September 12th, 2001, that we had been struck by terrorists and would respond swiftly and surely, and then, you know, responded to the right country.
But that’s not who John McCain is anymore. He’s erratic. He seems to want to believe that America can restores its international image simply by bombing more countries. He doesn’t understand the economic crisis, not in any real way; no one who would lose track of the number of houses his family owns could really grok the mortgage crisis.
So I get people who support him, I think, because they’re supporting who he used to be rather than what he’s done since and what he’s running on, now, and really, who wouldn’t like to go back to 1999? Well. Okay, I wouldn’t, but 2000-2001 would be nice, certainly. I’d dig it.
What I don’t get, though, is that the candidates are split at 44% of the votes. Which means, of course, that the tally is only at 88%.
Because 4% are undecided and 8% are voting independent.
I sort of get being undecided. Lots of people seem to feel they need more information concerning the policies and platforms and candidates.
To whom I say: Well what the great goddamned fuck are you waiting for?
I don’t mind that people want information, but it ain’t exactly like the information is unavailable. Especially in the Internet age. I guess they think there’s too much information already, but really, it makes me wonder if they have the critical thinking skills necessary to parse it all.
And then there’s that final 8%. Who are voting for other candidates.
Reminds me of this post, “Why does Ralph Nader hate America?” over at Making Light.
He did indeed “get things done.” He got us the worst president in our history. He made sure Detroit cars guzzled gas. He kept useful drugs off the market, or once they were there, got them removed.
Does he have a chance in hell of becoming president? No. None at all. Can he play spoiler and get another Republican warhawk in place? He certainly hopes so, or at least his secret backers think he can.
Nader is, largely if not solely, why Gore lost in 2000. Not that I think a Gore/Liebermann administration would have been all that terrific, I’ve got to say, but then again, Gore certainly came into his own during the past few years. What’s he up to, an Academy Award and the Nobel Peace prize?
And meanwhile the other side still struggles to pronounce ‘nuclear’ correctly and couldn’t enunciate a gerund to save their lives.
Still, it’s tough to argue that just about anything wouldn’t be better than the current administration.
What I like, right now, is that I’ve heard very little about Nader. I could see that some people in Colorado, specifically in Boulder, which couldn’t be more crunchy were it made of granola, might like Nader. But if anyone’s going to cockblock Obama, it’s not going to be the green party; it’s going to be PUMA. That’s Party Unity My Ass, the contingent of self-righteous and misogynist “feminists” who have decided Palin is their gal because Obama beat their sweetheart Hillary Clinton.
But I’ll tell you why it’s not right now a race between Clinton and McCain; Clinton never brought it until she’d already lost. Her speech was the highlight of the DNC, but it was the very first time she had spoken with such sincerity and power. If she had bowed out early on, when it was already fairly obvious she wasn’t going to get the nomination, not least because it was literally mathematically impossible, we might right now be supporting an Obama/Clinton ticket, which I’ve got to admit I would have liked.
(I also have a suspicion that McCain waited to confirm Obama wasn’t choosing Clinton as his running mate before he chose Palin. I think he would have gone with Pawlenty or Romney otherwise, and I think the fact that it appears he vetted Palin by shaking her hand seems to bear that out)
I’d like to say that with this, I will probably leave behind the political posts for a while, if only because, as Nick Mamatas so aptly demonstrated with this thought experiment, it’s largely useless anyway, but I doubt I will if only because it’s everywhere and is going to continue to be. I do promise I’ll try to be more balanced, content-wise.