All Is [Not] Lost

17 Oct

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.

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No Responses to “All Is [Not] Lost”

  1. Andrew October 18, 2008 at 6:19 PM #

    Calling the election in advance is one of the media’s easiest ways of actually influencing it. No one wants to vote for a loser. Don’t let their bias get to you…keep working, and get to the polls on Nov. 4. After all, that’s all that counts.

  2. Kimmy October 22, 2008 at 6:40 AM #

    Here in Mi we are experiencing the same thing. McCain “withdrew” from our state a week or so ago deciding to focus on states he thought he could win. The poles here show Obama winning by 10%. I had finally decided to vote for McCain and at that moment I really felt let down. Why bother voting when he had already given up on me? Then I started looking around where I live and observed that for every 1 Obama sign, there were 5-7 McCain signs. Maybe Obama might win in our state overall, but choosing not to vote was letting down all of those who stood beside McCain all along.

  3. Amy October 22, 2008 at 8:38 AM #

    When I heard he withdrew from MI, I was like, “What the heck? That doesn’t seem right.” But the McCain campaign just doesn’t have the finances that the Obama campaign does, especially due to his massive celebrity endorsements and donations. So the campaign has to utilize its resources more effectively (or what they view as effective). The Obama campaign has spent unprecendented amounts of money on advertising…because they have unprecendented amounts of money to spend on advertising.

    There’s a little fight left in the campaign, but at the end of the day someone has to lose. But it should be the American people who decide the election, not the stupid media, not Hollywood, and not millionaires. Good gravy, this is OUR country, too!

    I’m glad you’re voting, Kim! He’s up by 10% in PA, too. We shall see. 🙂

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