As in "President."
I haven’t written about the presidential debate and I’ll tell you why. First of all, I don’t want to turn this into a political blog. Secondly, it was boring. Blah blah blah. Nothing we haven’t heard before. Which was strange, considering how much things have changed since those campaign platforms were first stapled and thumb-tacked together.
After the debate, my friend Matt who is neither staunchly Republican nor Democrat said, “You know, I could see either one of those guys as President.” And I think he hit upon something. Both Senators McCain and Obama appear to be good, decent men who truly want to see America prosper. While there are the extremists out there of both party affiliations, I’d bet that most Americans just want to vote for whom they feel is the best man, regardless of which party he belongs to.
And they will do just that.
Early on, my boss and I made a $100 bet on who’s going to win. I said Obama, he said McCain. I said Obama because my gut feeling is that Americans are tired of the same old/same old and are in the mood for change. As time went on, I became less and less confident of my win. It seemed that McCain was the sure thing.
Then he picked his running mate.
Then Obama picked his running mate. And it wasn’t Hillary.
Advantage: Back to McCain.
Now they’re showing that Obama is leading in the polls by a fairly good margin (49 to 43, according to my Yahoo news page today). If he can maintain such a lead into the final week, Obama will probably win it. McCain has his work cut out for him.
What I suspect will happen is this. As the election draws closer, the smears against Obama will escalate. And judging from the sudden surge (no pun intended) of spam emails that are flooding my inbox, it’s started already. McCain will distance himself from them, of course. But unlike the campaign against John Kerry, this time it will backfire as Americans are tired of that type of politics.
Still, am I any more certain of receiving a crisp, new $100 bill in a month? Not at all, not at all.