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One More Day

November 3rd, 2008 (09:35 am)

current mood: worried

I'm starting to freak out about this election again. For a long time, I thought McCain was going to win it, no matter what the polls said. Then the economy collapsed, and Obama seemed to pull ahead. I was optimistic. In the last few days, though, I'm sensing a shift in public opinion. I worry that some voters who thought they were for change are now getting cold feet, despite all the polls that say Obama has a commanding lead. I worry that long lines on Election Day may prevent hourly workers, disabled people, and women with small children from staying long enough to vote. I'm not saying I think McCain is necessarily going to win, but I do think it's going to be closer than a lot of the polls indicate, and that it could go in either direction.

Last night I saw AOL's latest weekly straw poll. This is not scientific; respondents are self-selected from the group of people who've accessed AOL, obviously not a random sampling of American voters. But this week's results are so lopsided that they're scary: McCain 57%, Obama 42%. In this poll, Obama wins New York City, Washington, D.C., and Rhode Island. McCain gets EVERY OTHER STATE. Here's a link to the poll results:


I'm doing what I can to combat this stuff. I've been donating money to the Obama campaign and volunteering for the Democrats for months. On Election Day I'm going to be a volunteer poll checker for the Democrats. We know Alexandria will go to Obama, but we're hoping to do it with huge numbers of votes, to help counter the large McCain vote expected in rural parts of the state. The way to do that is to identify likely Democratic voters and make sure they get to the polls and stay there until they've voted! Virginia is an important state this time; we really could go either way. So could the country.

I'm flabbergasted that some people are still undecided in this election -- even my own mother! I don't get it. This is not a choice between six of one and half a dozen of the other. These two candidates are worlds apart on almost every issue. Maybe it's because misinformation is so rampant, especially all the lies that abound about Obama. Surely, people who know the facts on both sides should see a clear choice in one direction or the other, depending on their own values, hopes, and fears.

I don't think I'm overdramatizing when I say that in this election we are deciding what kind of country we want to live in and what the role of government should be. If you haven't yet, please get out and vote tomorrow, no matter how long it takes. And vote Democratic.