John McCain has lost this election. Despite the fact that no one has actually gone to the polls (with the exception of early and absentee voters), it seems that Barack Obama is the President-elect. Now that’s democracy in action, isn’t it? Pundits and media folks are telling US what WE think, and apparently, they think we’re pretty stupid.
The evidence, which mainly consists of calling weary voters to ask who has their vote, has Barack Obama ahead in every major news poll. However, what does the “man on the street” actually think? Here in the great state of Pennsylvania, it seems that there are a lot of McCain/Palin signs in people’s yards (as well as a great deal of Obama/Biden signs). We may be sick of hearing about it, but the election is far from decided.
Obviously, I support the McCain/Palin ticket and find these reports disheartening. I’m about to peel my “McCain” bumper sticker off the back of my car and admit defeat. I mean, who wants to promote the loser anymore than necessary? And yet, Election Day is still days away.
How is it, then, that this is (representative) democracy in action? Surely, both McCain and Obama want the outcome of the election decided by the people, not the pundits, anchors, columnists, and snarky new producers all over the nation. The court of public opinion may be very different than what happens when each voters is alone in his or her respective voting booth.
Cheer up, McCain/Palin supporters, all is not lost. The people have not yet had their say.