Thursday, October 23, 2008
No matter which candidate floats to the top on or after Election Day, we're inaugurating a real stinker in January.
Anyone who cares about America and understands the danger each candidate presents knows that there is a herculean task of cultural activism ahead. Before we will see an election cycle that includes candidates offering real progress towards greater freedom, many, many Americans will have to be taught or reminded of the nature and importance of individual rights. I won't belabor this point further today.
The bright side is that we know what the baseline is and what needs to be done. We also aren't, like so many Republicans in the (septic?) tank for McCain -- or kids deluded by the O-bomb -- emotionally invested in any way whatsoever in the fortunes of either political candidate. This means that, as a small fringe benefit, we can enjoy all of the political humor out there, excepting the two jokes that have somehow made it onto the top of the ballot, of course.
A couple of items came to my attention this morning. One of them is a column over at RealClear Politics by Steven Stark titled, "Long National Nightmare", but bylined by RCP as, "What If All the Pundits Are (Gasp!) Wrong?.
There was Wilson over Hughes. And, of course, Truman over Dewey. But there's never been a surprise in presidential politics like the one that awaited Americans this morning, who woke up to discover that, somehow, John McCain had been elected president over Barack Obama.Be sure to read all the way to the punchline, and remember it if truth turns out to be stranger than fiction come the day after Election Day!
Meanwhile, the tsunami of youth support for Obama never materialized. Instead, it was the over-65 crowd who turned out as if the election were a five-o'clock dinner special, and who voted in record numbers for their fellow senior citizen.
"It was fear of the known versus fear of the unknown -- and fear won out," quipped one McCain aide.
And then we have a short video at YouTube that I learned about through HBL.
Look! It's two Democrats on an Escalator!
The challenge I pose to my readers today is this: Can you top these?