Thursday, November 6, 2008
Close to Nowhere
It’s all over but the weeping now...
As I write this on Tuesday, around noon, I have no idea who our next President will be -- although all the national news networks would have us believe that they know and just aren’t telling us at this point.
I read somewhere -- probably while doing “The Pages of the Past” about the son of the man who wrote the infamous headline “Dewey Defeats Truman!” (Maybe it was in Gale Denley’s column 10 years ago?)
The son said that his dad never recovered from the embarrassment, but when he passed away, the basement of the house was filled with the newspaper bearing that headline.
I will admit that I have not kept up with the polls, etc., in this election. To be perfectly honest, I’ve quit watching the national news. I, along with almost everyone else I know, am heartily sick of political advertising!
During the last election, we were talking about the mudslinging campaigns local and national politicians were waging and Barry, the editor, said something that I’m trying to apply to this election and future ones.
If both candidates are mud-slinging, vote for the lesser of the two evils.
During one primary campaign two state candidates were particularly nasty and vicious -- one, in my opinion, worse than the other. I no longer like or respect either one of those men, although this campaign, the winner (whom I voted for as he was the “lesser of two evils”) has conducted a much cleaner campaign.
I voted for him Tuesday without bad feelings!
Another campaign that has nearly turned me against voting this time is the Wicker-Musgrove battle. Until this campaign I respected both of them. In the voting booth, I came within a hair of leaving that election dot blinking.
I am excited about this election though, along with most of the rest of the country. It’s definitely history-making with a black man on one side and a female vice-president on the other.
I’m waiting for the campaign that has two females on the ticket! Even though the term is no longer in use, I still consider myself a devoted women’s “libber!”
I do wish Mississippi had early voting -- 31 states do. My brothers live in Tennessee and both voted more than a week or so ago.
When I voted Tuesday morning, there was the closest thing to a line I’ve ever seen at the Laws Hill Community Center. Dana, my daughter, was late for work so she could vote and had left the house five minutes or so before I did. She was still standing in line when I got there.
It was exciting to stand in line at 7:20ish to vote. It was exciting to be in the “next column” on the voter’s sign-in page instead of in the first five or so voters.
Every election should be treated with this year’s emotions. Every election makes history!
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