I‘m writing this on Saturday, November 3, just three days before the election, and right now I have no idea who is going to win. The polls are tilting strongly towards Obama, and normally that would indicate a clear victory for him, but that assumes that the polls are getting it right. The polls have been inconsistent and contradictory, so I’m not putting much faith in them.
The only thing I’m sure of is that when Tuesday evening rolls around, regardless of who wins, about half of the country will be disappointed and about half delighted. If you happen to be on the losing side, take heart. It’s really not as bad as it’s been made out to be. Despite the hyperbole, histrionics, misinformation, disinformation and outright lies, there’s really not that much difference between the two men. They each have a great respect for the country and want to do what is best for it, and they are each steeped in traditional American values and unlikely to steer from that. You have to drill down pretty deep before you start finding real differences between the two.
That may sound preposterous, but that’s only a testament to the effectiveness of their propaganda, aka political ads. It is central to the strategy of any political campaign to exaggerate the differences and focus on the negatives of the opponent.
If you happen to be a Democrat and Obama loses, just remember that you survived eight years of George W. Bush. If you happen to be a Republican and Romney loses, remember that you have survived four years of Obama, and will survive another four years. At the same time, if your guy wins, be careful about getting smug and thinking in terms of mandates and sea changes or using phrases like “America has spoken”. After all, about half of the country voted against your guy, and in four years we’ll be doing this all over again.
To really put things into perspective take a moment to watch this video: