Friday, November 7, 2008


It still seems too good to be true that so many normally apathetic citizens got off their collective asses and said "Let's go win this fucking thing!" with old-fashioned hard work and effort.

After being on the losing side of many political campaigns, I've become a cynical, apathetic bastard with respect to electoral politics. Of course I always vote when election day rolls around, but as far as phone-banking, door-to-door canvassing, fundraising, etc. goes, well I thought those days were behind me.

Then Obama comes along and for two years pulls off the unbelievable-- not just a resounding victory in the polls-- but energizing young people, old people, the most cynically jaded and lazy among us to do something extra. The man is amazing. So the least I could do was volunteer for the week before the election.

Because CA was considered in the bag, the Obama folks sent all of us L.A.-based volunteers out to Nevada, the closest battleground state. It felt great to be active again, trying to make a difference in a place where not everyone already agreed with you. Sometimes you get complacent living in a liberal enclave like San Francisco or L.A.

The scary thing is that the future is still pretty bleak and uncertain. Obama is going to have a hard time trying to deal with the steaming pile of shit that Bush is leaving behind. Success is going to be that much harder to achieve.


Fugu said...

Not just the steaming pile of shit Bush left us, but I'm a pessimist for all sorts of other reasons.

Galspanic said...

Y'all can pry that gun from mah cold dead hands, bitch! Cold. dead. hands!

Mr. Pony said...

I remember thinking, "Really? Is this the best you can throw at us, you ridiculous, corrupt, bloated Republican scumbags? The corpse of John McCain reanimated by Stripe from Gremlins, and a nitwit so proud of her own ignorance I'm surprised her catch-phrase was 'you betcha' and not 'I meant to do that,' ala Pee-Wee Herman? President Obama's going to make college easier to pay for, reducing your uneducated base below any chance of you holding power ever again! Sit down and have a long think, stupids, 'cause we just annihilated you! Electoral Landslide, you fat fucks!"

That was before my brain rebooted, and I began, in a new spirit of bipartisanship and national unity, to reach across the aisle to find common ground with our nation's conservatives, who are, after all, our brothers and sisters.

odori said...

I'm so happy we're going to have a president who can articulate his thoughts. And those will be his own thoughts, not those fed to him his advisers.... And those thoughts are based on what's best for the country, not on what's going to win a "news cycle" or the like. (Compare McCain's failed campaign suspension tactic to Obama's big picture strategy to let Congress do it's thing on the economic rescue plan because he would only get in the way.) We're actually going to have a leader! Woo hoo!!! I'm not sure how I will handle being an American after Jan. 20. I may faint.

Mr. Pony said...

Odori's in luuuuuuuv