Election Eve

 | November 3, 2008 4:30 PM

It’s the night before one of the biggest election in this country’s history, certainly the biggest in my relatively short forty year life.  All the polls show Obama winning decisively yet.  McCain is forced to do his last-minute campaigning in former Republican strongholds.  On the other hand Obama has even campaigned in Arizona!  Yet I am still scared that it won’t happen, that when people are in the polling booths, they will say to themselves “I’m not voting for a black person for President!”

There have been some reports that Kerry enjoyed a similiar lead over Bush just days before the election.  But the data I see all shows that Bush led Kerry in almost all the polls leading up to the election.

It seems like this is the perfect storm for an African-American to become President.

  1. The economy is the worst since the Depression.
  2. The U.S. is in the midst of an unpopular war.
  3. The U.S. President is one of the more unpopular ever.
  4. The Republican candidate does not even have strong support from his own party, has a Vice-Presidential running mate who, for the first time that I can remember, is significantly costing her party votes (not even Quayle could do this), and in my opinion has run a poor, confusing campaign.
  5. Barack Obama is half-white and his ancestors were not slaves in the U.S.
  6. Barack Obama’s campaign has been near flawless and has used the internet to tremendous advantage.

In spite of all of this I am still worried that Obama will not win.  Whether it would be as extreme as voter intimidation and ballots being discarded or voters at the last minute turning away from Obama, if the result is a McCain victory I believe many people, especially African-Americans, will believe the election was stolen.  Already there are rumors in states where African-Americans have come out in droves to vote early that those ballots were discarded.

Tomorrow is going to be an incredibly exciting day!

One Response to “Election Eve”

essny wrote a comment on November 15, 2008

ok, I’m going to admit it: each time I see the photo for this entry, I keep thinking, “dang, he’s HOT.” heh.

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