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Red State Turning Blue?

October 11th, 2008 (09:48 am)

current mood: optimistic

The last few afternoons, the first thing my son has told me as he's stepped off the school bus is the daily count of election signs spotted during his bus ride. Yesterday, he counted 67 Obama signs and 9 McCain signs. I know this is a poll conducted by a six-year-old and the results are not exactly scientific, but I'll take 'em.

I know I shouldn't be feeling good about the stock market collapse, but it's making me optimistic about Obama's chances of winning this. I've seen a huge shift in momentum the last few weeks, ever since the lousy economy became the big news. Obama even has a chance at taking my own state, Virginia, which has voted Republican in every presidential election since 1964. McCain may pull it out in Virginia; he still has a lot of support in the rural parts of the state, but Obama's gaining ground. Of course, my city of Alexandria is a no-brainer. We will go for Obama here, probably by a landslide. Alexandria always goes Democratic. McCain's brother, campaigning for him elsewhere in the state, recently told supporters that Alexandria is full of communists. We're not, but we are a Democratic stronghold in what has traditionally been a Republican state.

Another political upheaval in Virginia is that after this election we are almost certainly going to have TWO Democratic Senators. I know it made national headlines when Jim Webb won a Senate seat for the Dems in the last election. Now our other Senator, Republican John Warner, is retiring. And Democrat Mark Warner (no relation) is a shoe-in for his seat. He's wildly popular in his own right, and he's running against Jim Gilmore, who as governor ran the state into the ground so badly that even the Republicans aren't voting for him.

Now, if I could only do something about that one humongous eyesore of a McCain sign down the street.... Maybe I need to get a bigger Obama sign.