See, I think it's over for John McCain. Why do I say that? Just look at the media coverage of this election. The media usually sees fit to let Obama make his case directly to the American people via extended video byte. Surrounded by smiling and adoring devotees, using his best ministerial prose, voice booming, challenging, awake, bright eyed, vibrant, he sounds like he's already president. If the media even mentions McCain in contrast, they usually quote him. His words come across as out of touch or weak, and maybe even cringe-worthy. In the rare cases where there is a video of McCain speaking for himself, it's even less impressive. McCain is going to flub at least one word, and you almost wonder whether he filmed the video himself in his basement, in front of a green curtain.
It's not just media bias, although the rampant ageism that the media seems to engage in is an atrocious and disgraceful spectacle. John McCain is running a horrendously terrible campaign. His recent gaffe on the Czech Republic is just another in a long string of cases in point. His comments about not knowing much about the economy or the Internet add to the idea that McCain is a stodgy, old fuddy duddy - and these are comments being made by McCain himself. The "average Joe" theme may have worked a few years ago, but after eight years of Bush, being an average Joe is political suicide. Further proof that the end is near for McCain, we never hear him talk about his views, he only talks about why Barack Obama's views are wrong. This election will not be a referendum on Barack Obama.
This election is over. I will pull the lever in November in support of the GOP but it will be a half hearted vote. Too bad I couldn't agree with Obama's platform because I'd love to be one of the people voting for the first black president. I guess I will have to go on with the rest of my life being one of "those people."
And the election of Obama isn't going to be some nightmare scenario. I really don't think a President Obama would be as bad as some suggest. And I'm not talking about his recent jump to the center either. He simply won't be able to mess things up as bad as people think, just like, despite the impassioned pleas by the "Bush Deranged Left" to the contrary, Bush didn't mess things up too much either. What's that you say? What about the Iraq war and the economy and Katrina and the endless string of wrong track polling? I'm trying to be fair about what an Obama presidency will look like, so I'd as you to be fair about the reality of Bush's impacts as well.