How is it that nothing on earth sounds louder than a politicians electronic phonecall while your daughter is taking a nap on the hallway floor? For some reason, she didn't want to sleep in her bed or ours, her two normal napping spots and instead took a nap on the hallway floor. In my effort to be quiet, I spent time down in the office paying bills, etc and trying to desperately stave off the phonecalls before they woke up Little Abbey. I answered two of them in the space of 10 minutes and those have been just a couple of the dozen or two I have received this weekend. Yes this is an election of epic proportions.
It seems like years ago (figuring it out now, I think it has been over a year and a half anyway) when my political journey began by walking up to the city square to hear one of the dark horses in the presidential race, a man named Barack Obama, give a speech. Wanting to get away from the crowd of 100 or so people already there, I asked if I could sit on the other side of a roped off area. Little did I know that in doing so, I put myself in direct position to shake Obama's hand as he made is way up to the stage to talk to the almost 1000 people then gathered to hear his speech. I should have realized that is 1000 people in a town of 10,000 show up to hear someone speak, big things were happening. Now a year and a half later, he is poised to be president, or at least the pundits are saying so. I guess tomorrow we shall see.
I wasn't impressed with Obama and his speech that day. It sounded expensive to me to be able to afford all these programs that he was proposing and that was way before the economic meltdown. But he was a charismatic fellow and had a good handshake which made me think I could like him as a friend just the same even if I wouldn't vote for him.
Back then, I thought the likes of Mitt or Rudy were the likely GOP contenders and McCain hadn't been brave enough to show his face in Iowa after having ignored us in previous elections. Despite his inattention, I still hoped he would win because he was a moderate whom I could see some promise in. To my surprise he eventually was nominated and I avowed on several blogs that it was his election to lose. He had it wrapped up. Then he spent the next six months tying himself to Bush and foresaking all those that got him elected. He did what I had feared and lost the election, or so the pundits say. I don't think I will ever be able to forgive him for that but that is okay, because unless this guy is Abraham, his election days are over.
Which brings me back to where I kind of began, my election days are thankfully numbered as well. Tomorrow I have a guest coming to sell me life insurance (oh boy) so I will get out of the evening political dicing on the news. Tuesday, between getting Little Abbey her flu shot and getting to the polls myself, it will be all over but the poll watching. My wife is set to watch her show Desperate Housewives as I write this so I will most doubtedly get a few more to watch but after the television goes off tonight, the elections are done for me. For that, I am extremely thankful.
P.S. If you are one of the few who haven't apparently voted early, go out and vote tomorrow. Vote your conscious and know that whoever wins, life goes on Wednesday... just without the political ads.