October 8th, 2008 by Ellen
You know how they talk about that camel, and the proverbial straw?
Enough already. This is all getting scary–and we don’t need scary, with everything else that’s going on in the world.
The Democratic ticket may, in my opinion, err on the side of being ineffective leaders and disturbingly prone to opportunistic political expediency, but as long as they don’t continue to fall prey to the many wrong-headed calls for them to “take off the gloves” and “counter-punch” and stoop to endless “he said! she said!” invective and so forth, that is very different from the Republican ticket, both members of which increasingly seem to be extremely dangerous, and have always been inclined to be mean.
For a lot of people, this may not be a vote they make with wild enthusiasm and starry-eyed optimism (and for those lucky people for whom it will feel that way, do me a favor and don’t bother lecturing me about it endlessly or making smug, Kool-Aid driven comments, afterwards), but really, how many Presidential votes actually do fall into that category? From national campaigns to local referendums, I have probably voted at least a hundred times in my life, maybe more (yes, I even show up for the local judicial elections), and I can think of only two occasions when casting my little vote made me genuinely happy. Well, three times, if I count my first vote, which wasn’t for someone I strongly supported, but hey, I was voting, in an actual booth, at a real, live polling place–and that was pretty cool all by itself.
This is America, and people should cast any vote which makes sense to them, but I just wanted to make it very clear that even if, like me, you find yourself in “which one is the lesser of two evils?” territory, it is my very strong opinion that voting a Democratic slate is the way to go this time. Straight up and down the ticket.
It is very disappointing that after this horrible, interminable, often ugly election season, I can’t ever imagine enjoying politics the way that I once did–but, a vote is still a vote; nay, an inalienable right!–and I wanted to make it very clear where mine is going this year.