It’s no secret. Murdoc’s voting for McCain. I’ve been a fan of most of what the man has done in the Senate (with a couple of major black marks against him, though) but I’m less than thrilled that he’s apparently the best the GOP can come up with.
However, Obama is very nearly the exact polar opposite of what I want when it comes to the issues that matter to me the most, and though McCain is obviously farther to the Left than Bush, Obama is farther to the Left than John Kerry. I agree with those who say the Republican party needs to be shook up a bit (or a lot), but I don’t think putting Obama behind the big desk is the way to do it. You don’t try to lose weight by injecting yourself with flesh-eating bacteria.
Yes, some will complain about Murdoc comparing Obama to flesh-eating bacteria. Murdoc’s long past worrying about the complainers.
Here’s what I see going in to the big day:
If the major news outlets start calling Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida with a lot of precincts not yet reported, I’ll figure that it’s damn close. If we hear about a lot of “voting irregularities,” especially involving electronic voting machines, I’ll suspect McCain is winning.
If they hold off calling them to “not interfere with voter perceptions” and to “make sure everyone’s vote counts,” or that it’s just “too close to call,” I’ll figure McCain is probably winning. Close races where Obama has a tiny lead will not be judged too close to call.
If McCain manages to squeak it out and win the big prize, I’ll figure the biggest loser on election day are the major news outlets. As in: They did everything they could think of to win the election for Obama and still failed. Their influence over the American people is mortally wounded. I hope I’m wrong, but I’ve not seen much evidence that I am.
I do think McCain has a solid chance. I also think that Obama has a solid advantage. The key is for every Republican and/or Conservative to get out there and vote. Even if things start looking bad as exit polls and early results from the east coast start trickling in. Even if all appears lost. Get out and vote. Get on the phone and make sure your friends and family do, too.