With every major national poll breaking in Obama's favor this week it's tempting to want to buy up a bunch of liquor and chips and start planning the post-election parties now. But if 2004 taught me anything it's to be very, painfully careful with my emotions as they relate to American politics.
To think that John Kerry, a decorated war hero and thoughtful, insightful (if not entirely inspiring) man who has dedicated his entire adult life to serving his country could be beaten by a smirking, half-wit neophyte and rich boy who led this country into an unneccessary war and sent us all spiraling into bankruptcy...well, it's too much to think about.
So, as we inch ever closer to November and the day of reckoning, I refer you to Matt Taibbi's recent post on Sarah Palin and remind you to tread carefully:
Here's the thing about Americans. You can send their kids off by the thousands to get their balls blown off in foreign lands for no reason at all, saddle them with billions in debt year after congressional year while they spend their winters cheerfully watching game shows and football, pull the rug out from under their mortgages, and leave them living off their credit cards and their Wal-Mart salaries while you move their jobs to China and Bangalore.
And none of it matters, so long as you remember a few months before Election Day to offer them a two-bit caricature culled from some cutting-room-floor episode of Roseanne as part of your presidential ticket. And if she's a good enough likeness of a loudmouthed middle-American archetype, as Sarah Palin is, John Q. Public will drop his giant-size bag of Doritos in gratitude, wipe the Sizzlin' Picante dust from his lips and rush to the booth to vote for her. Not because it makes sense, or because it has a chance of improving his life or anyone else's, but simply because it appeals to the low-humming narcissism that substitutes for his personality, because the image on TV reminds him of the mean, brainless slob he sees in the mirror every morning.
Please, for the love of all things good, let us finally break from stereotype.