Once Upon an Election Dreary
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Once Upon an Election Dreary

Once upon an election dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary

Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten nonsense –

This election does not come gently tapping, rapping at my chamber door.  The campaigns charge into my chamber, into my life – and hang around.  When we vote on November 4 we will cross the threshold of a new life.  For those other than real political junkies, the election process is tiresome.  Many want the candidates to state their position and then we will vote – up or down – go or no go.  If it were but that simple…

These Presidential elections are processes.  They are not a singular events.  These are some of the most important decisions Americans will ever decide.  These decisions require a process of learning, of understanding, of absorbing the candidates into our persona. The process is done in real time – there are no time outs.  World events are shot at the candidates from old brass canons.  The candidates must duck and weave, they must respond.

The war in Iraq is not put on hold until the election is over.  The events on the ground in the war-ravaged middle east dictate response from Presidential hopefuls.  The surge worked – the surge failed.  The surge is a qualified success – thus it is also a qualified failure.

We watch.  We want to see how our candidates respond to a changing political climate.  We cannot predict events of the future – so it is imperative that we understand how these candidates respond to crisis.  This takes time –  time to process.

The process is revealing.  Eighteen moths ago this writer supported McCain as the GOP nominee and Clinton as the Democratic nominee.  These were the favored horses in the race.  But this race is not a sprint – it is more of a marathon – a process.  Along the way we learned more about the field of hopefuls.  McCain gained strength in our opinion, Clinton faltered – unable to respond quickly to changing events.  A Dark Horse  Obama surged on a fresh message and eloquent presentation.

Again we realize the value of process.  As Obama and McCain emerge from the pack they have to develop closing strategies.  The most telling is in their choice of a Vice Presidential partner.  Obama, the charming intellectual, must show strength – he chooses a thirty year member of the United States Senate – Joe Biden.  The voters surged forward to Obama.  McCain, the experienced senior, needing vibrancy and enthusiasm – chooses little known but charming Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.  The voters surged back to McCain.

The race enters the last lap.  But more surprises are in store.  Palin charges out of the gate but stumbles on the first turn – tripped up by media interviews.  The manager of the GOP stables, Bush, is found drunk in a corral – and the economy falters.  The polls shift to Obama.  McCain must respond to a stumbling running mate, counter the drunken economy, and minimize the surging pollsters.

Obama maintains a steady gait, holding to a strategy of calm deliberation – managing his process.  The voters lining the route to the White House engage the contestants.  Some throw rocks at Obama, and McCain smiles.

Palin shouts, “More Rocks! More Rocks!”

Biden protests to the media referees, “They are throwing rocks!” But he knows that all political marathons have rocks.

The voters are dismayed, weak and weary – too many rocks.  Throwing rocks at the opponent does not catch Bin Laden, or save the economy, or bring confidence to the voters.  We might have had a great debate on solutions to problems – but we are weak and weary from ducking rocks.

It is almost midnight.  John McCain is looking for a really big rock.  Obama is watchful, knowing the old warrior will try to knock him out of the lead.  Had McCain maintained his independent persona he might have pulled this off – but he lost his faith, he succumbed to fear, he turned to the Dark Arts of Rovian Politics.

Flying monkeys make us weak and weary.  But that is the nature of process.

There Are 5 Responses So Far. »

  1. Some of us traditional conservatives are pleading with John to lay the rock aside and retire his lame running mate horse.

  2. Unfortunately, it’s too late to “retire” Palin. The ballots have been printed and with barely two weeks to go until elections they are kind of stuck with her. Unless she “accidently” falls out of an airplane she’s on the ticket. McCain made a dumb choice. Instead of going with one of their experienced female Republican senators, who wouldn’t be afraid to speak at press conferences nor go on such programs as “Face the Nation,” they instead went with a perky but intellectually dense unknown who already was facing investigation for misconduct. The smear campaign against Obama isn’t working either. When McCain was questioned about some of the more heinous remarks made at his rallies he countered that similar things were being said about him and Palin at Obama rallies. Completely untrue. I would expect that type of remark from an eight year old (“Well Joey did it so I can too!”) but not a man of McCain’s age. Nope, we’ve had eight miserable, hellish years of that type of mentality and attitude. It’s gotten us into a senseless, expensive war, debt that will take seven generations to dig ourselves out of, and the distain of the world. It’s time for someone who can guide this nation back to it’s good standing in the world and to get us back on our feet. Only a fool would vote to maintain this insanity.

  3. I have already conceded that Obama will be President, and suggested that he will do a great job. But as a stubborn “fool”, I refuse to accept the extreme, left-wing fanatical rhetoric depicting John McCain as a worthless, racist man, that most uninformed voters do accept as the Gospel. This man has went beyond expectations as a senator and was called one of the 25 most influential people in America. I find it hard to believe his agenda is to destroy America. Anything I have written or commented on has not been a blind rush of emotion. I do my research and then make opinion based decisions, I do not rely on the liberal media or soundbites to influence my decisions. I do listen to them and then research the facts.

  4. So are we to assume that Colin Powell makes his decisions based on the liberal media and sound bites. Powell condemned the McCain Campaign tactics – we don’t make up this stuff. McCain has disgraced his once proud name by playing with a Bush mentality campaign. It is sad for all of us to watch this once proud warrior dragging himself into the offensive and divisive words of remote militia clans.

    The Dark Arts of Rovian Politics – when we play with fire we get burned. .


  5. No, I do not assume that at all, Colin Powell has almost congruently delivered my message, with exception to support for candidates. He praised McCain and said he was not discriminatory (which I perceive as not a racist), but, that his campaign has taken a terrible turn to win at all costs and his selection of VP was a bad choice. How can I be sure Obama has my best interests in mind?

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