As a wife and mother of two young, busy sons I would like to throw my opinion out into the unruly mass of cyberspace regarding the latest “Political Short” in my mind. This presidential election is unfolding with the same fatigue that I feel as I push through days with little sleep but lots of little energetic beings around me. The Republican Romney/Ryan ticket also reminds me of the Democratic Kerry/Edwards election year in that although on the surface it seems that President Obama should lose this campaign–he will not.
Although I can be proven wrong this November, my sense is that barring anything unusual happening, I expect that President Obama will be re-elected without too much ado.
There are countless people out there who are doing the constant calculations of electoral votes and know every detail of what’s needed for either side to attain victory. My measurements are based on my tiny universe and those around me who are just trying to make it through each day in their work and family lives.
Americans are in the middle of trying to pull themselves up after yelling at the local and federal governments about why they’re hurting financially. Then there are people in our nation that are just starting to figure out that the greatest power they can wield over their circumstances is to take personal responsibility. Between trying to attain and keep employment or survive as a caregiver, student, et cetera—Americans are tired and have little patience to follow the particulars of this Presidential race.
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The past decade has not yielded dynamic Presidential races–in fact, the match-ups have been bland or downright annoying. Mitt Romney may have taken this road several times but he still comes off as an aloof man and as John Kerry failed to naturally connect with everyday Americans, Romney is hitting a bumpy road in the popularity contest.
That brings us to the sad truth of how petty we’ve become as a society where even our Presidential race is like a wonkish version of “American Idol”. We have Paul Ryan whose looks are pleasing to most eyes and his family story comes right out of the Hallmark Channel–add to that he’s wickedly smart and knows policy and you have a real robust vice presidential candidate. This is reminiscent of the general appeal held by Democratic candidate John Edwards in 2004 prior to his crazy love child storyline that unfolded years later.
I still hope that most Americans who are able to will come out and vote for whomever they deem fit to take our nation through the next four years this November. As for whether the president is President Obama again or Mitt Romney is given a chance–what truly matters is that our President of the United States helps inspire us to be the best citizens we can be regardless of what political party dominates inside the Washington D.C. Beltway.