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Posted by on Feb 5, 2008 in At TMV | 15 comments

The Most Important Election of My Lifetime

01avoting_booth.jpgI am just back from voting as I write this, my beard and moustache still damp from the dense, clingy fog that I had to ride my trail bike through to and from the polling place at our local library.

The fog was a fitting backdrop considering how surreal this presidential primary campaign has been, from the resurrection of an elderly Republican maverick repeatedly given up for dead to the improbable quest of a middle-aged Democratic crusader who has caught lightning in a bottle and managed to keep the lid on.

This is the most important election of my lifetime, primary or general. I was only a couple of weeks short of being old enough to vote in another election fraught with great import — a 1968 Democratic primary when Eugene McCarthy challenged President Johnson over his stewardship of another failed war.

By far the largest applause – in fact a mighty roar of approval – that Barack Obama received when I saw him speak last weekend was when he said that no matter what happens, the names George Bush and Richard Cheney will not be on the ballots in November.

This makes the process of going about choosing who is on the ballot all the more important. If you’re registered in a Super Tuesday state, please vote today.

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  • rudi

    The elections of 1968 and 1976(Vietnam and Watergate) weren’t more important?

  • shaun

    Not to me.

    In 1968, once Humphrey got the nomination it mattered little whether he or Nixon prevailed because neither was going to end the war. (I wrote in Dick Gregory; my mother never forgave me.)

    In 1976, the Augean stables at the White House had been pretty much cleaned. I did not see a huge ideological difference between Jimmah and Gerald. (I did vote for Carter, however.)

  • AustinRoth

    But Shaun, here is a sobering question for Democrats right now. Does you primary vote really count this year?

    This article – Super Delegates To Determine Nominee, by Chris Bowers (hat tip:Instapundit) seems to lay out a strong case for a brokered Democratic convention.

    I am no expert on the Democratic Party nomination process, but his article seem on the surface to raise some very good points.

    Despite our philosophic differences, I do respect your analytical skills (even if I don’t often agree with the results!). I am curious what you think of the proposition Chris has put forth, and if you agree with the likelyhood of his scenario, how does it affect the ultimate chances for Hillary and Obama?

    My take is if this comes to pass, the Clintons currently own the the Party and the levers of power, and Obama gets shut out.


  • shaun


    Chris is onto something very big and the vote I cast this morning arguably is diminished by these shenanigans. That so noted, it is too early to gauge the impact on the candidates and will be at midnight tonight, as well.

  • DLS

    Hype, hype, hype. Thanks for nothing, Shaun.

    It’s certainly interesting this year, and Super Tuesday’s the biggest election ever, but that’s all you can claim, honestly.

  • shaun


    The suspicion growths that we’re a really bad fit. In the absence of your ever having anything substantive to say, why don’t you take a hike and save the bandwidth for people who do.

  • I have family in six of the Super Tuesday states: Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, California, Illinois, and New York. This vote has taken on mythic proportions in my family that we have reports. From 29 family members reporting at 9:53am EST, here were the votes cast:

    Georgia: Obama 4, Clinton 1, Huckabee 3
    Alabama: Obama 2, Huckabee 2
    Tennessee: Obama 2, Clinton 1, Huckabee 1
    California: Obama 4
    Illinois: Obama 2, Clinton 1
    New York: Obama 4, Clinton 2

    As you see Obama has won over many of my family members but in the South, Huckabee did well among some of my family (they identify themselves as evangelicals). Huckabee actually beat Clinton in my fam.

    I’m still waiting for four more of my family to vote. I have a very large, very close family and the e-mails flying back and forth are something else!

  • rudi

    AR – I believe the Demoncrats mess is an elitist response to 1972 and George McGovern. The party elite never forgave the voters for GM and put in the super delagate BS to ensure no more McGovern’s.

  • That Super Delegate stuff just bothers me. And I have no more to say on the subject.

    DLS, I understand the hype angle. But for some reason, it has worked on my family of sometimes voters. Something changed their minds. If it’s all hype, it a special sort.

  • cosmoetica

    The Most Important Election of My Lifetime

    I thought 2000, and 2004 were, or will it be 2012? BS!

  • Slamfu

    Nonesense, the most important was 2000, we just didn’t know it yet. We are gonig to get either McCain, Clinton, or Obama in the white house and frankly I think any will make a suitable president. Now if we had another pro torture corporate shill that was hot to invade Iran and thought that its ok to operate in total secrecy I think you might have a case to make.

    Of those three the only one I would be upset to see in the white house is Clinton and most of that is based on the fact I really think it hearkens back to a monarchy to keep passing the presidential torch to family members. Also, the sheer hatred of the non-liberal media for Clinton will make it that much harder for this nation to get any news about actual issues.

  • cosmoetica

    Slamfu: You think a man who still believes in the war in Iraq is ‘suitable’? Why? I mean, w/o that I’d agree, and like McCain, but one has to have feet on terra firma. I think Mac has taken some of Reagan’s sleeping pils.

  • Slamfu

    Well I think McCain would have been smart enough not to go into Iraq in the first place, and now that we are wants us not to leave when there is only a bloodbath as an outcome if we do. On that score altho I don’t agree with staying I can see as a justification which might have some merit. None of hte candidates is going to have a smooth answer to the Iraq question, its been so mishandled they are all pretty much screwed on it no matter what they do.

    I do think he is a man who thinks before he acts and understands the concept of consequences, which is what I expect in a leader. He’s going to have to do his best from there.

  • DLS

    I’ll ignore Shaun’s whining and address Mr. T:

    “If it’s all hype, it a special sort.”

    It’s not the most important election in that many people’s lifetime, when you come to think about what so many people have experienced already. (It’s also not an excuse to bash the current administration again, but sadly, what did we see again?)

  • cosmoetica

    ‘and now that we are wants us not to leave when there is only a bloodbath as an outcome if we do’

    Slam: Seriously, what do you think the last 4 years have been? The real q is, do we want to take part in it, for it will happen, w/or w/o us.

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