You may have noticed that I haven’t been blogging about the US presidential election much. It’s mainly because I think most of what could be said about the election has been said already. And most of it is mudslinging at the other party’s candidate, anyway.
I do want to say one thing before the polls close tomorrow, and that’s this: no matter who wins is going to be in a tough position. And if the winner isn’t able to get the country out of all of these “wars on terror” and the global economic crisis unscathed, it doesn’t mean the other guy would have been able to.
I’m not a big fan of George W. Bush. I haven’t approved of most of his policies or approaches to things. I think he’s made some terrible mistakes as president. Yet I don’t imagine that that automatically means Al Gore or John Kerry would necessarily have done a better job.
I’m a Dennis Kucinich man, and I liked Hillary Clinton while she was still a main contender in the race. But, make no mistake about it, only one of two men will win this election by tomorrow night—John McCain or Barack Obama, and given those choices I definitely prefer Obama.
If McCain wins, though, and we stay in this economic downturn, and the war in Iraq continues for 8 years and even longer, I won’t think, “Well, clearly if Barack Obama had won, all of these problems would have been solved.” Nor should McCain fans, should Obama win, think “Well, clearly if John McCain had won, all of these problems would have been solved.”
The country isn’t doing well, and this is a terrible time for anyone to step into the presidency of the United States of America. I don’t agree with either candidate on everything, and I don’t agree with John McCain on most of the hot-button issues. But I do think both men would try their best to make this country better, and both men would have a hell of a time just keeping us afloat. So godspeed to whomever wins tomorrow.
My two other posts on the election:
Successful politicians will be political
Obama v. McCain – I have to say this before November