If McCain wins, the real loser will be the press

I voted yesterday. It was the first time I’ve ever done the early voting thing, and frankly, who knew you could vote before election day anyway? Well, in Grapevine, Texas apparently a lot of people knew, so there was a remarkable line. When did the voting process get spread out over an extended period of time? It’s another one of those memos about American life that I somehow missed.

(I’ve GOT to get on that mailing list!)

Anyway, I can’t help but think that if Senator Obama wins, the press will slap itself on the back and bathe in the belief that the American people can’t hide from its probing genius and that the election was really “over” a month ago. If Senator McCain wins, however, the press will blame racism, for in its corporate mind, that’s the only reason anybody would vote for McCain.

The press likes a good story, and Obama fits that role well. It’ll be exciting with an Obama Presidency, and the press likes that, too. To be sure, we’re in a time of change, and the left is hoping that it will be centered around intelligence and reason, for we’ve had enough of the emotional exploitation of the silk stocking set.

But if McCain wins, the press will be in even deeper trouble than it already is with the people they serve — the people formerly known as the audience. For in this election, it won’t just be about being wrong; the press will blame the people for being racist, and I just don’t see that going over well on the vaunted “Main Street.”

I like Barack Obama, although I must say that I liked him better before he won the nomination. After that, his message morphed into tired, old liberal tenets — the same ones delivered four years ago. I hope that after the election, he returns to the pre-nomination Obama and isn’t afraid to take on the lockstepping of his own party.

I also like John McCain and have so for many years. People make fun of the “maverick” term, but McCain won that label without tagging himself with it. It takes courage to walk any road less traveled, and I think he’d be a good President. There is, however, that running mate thing.

The next week promises to be one of the most interesting in recent history.


  1. Ditto on liking the pre-convention Obama better.

    If McCain had made a true maverick pick for VP (and given his age and health history, his VP pick matters more than polite people are meant to admit) he’d have gotten my vote. A far-right Christian with extremist views is not a maverick pick. It’s a “shore up my base because I’m scared s***less that I’m gonna lose” pick, with no concern about the country if he should, you know, only live to average U.S. life expectancy.

    The most interesting story for me will be how closely the polls match the final tallies. People talk about the Bradley effect, but I’m expecting a reverse Bradley effect. Since I spent Aug. 29 — 31 doing about 30 hours of research on Palin, I’ve been vocal in my Obama support. I’ve had THREE coworkers come to me privately and separately, in a VERY red state, and confess that they could never tell their spouse/parents/neighbors/whoever, but they’re voting Obama. One has a McCain sign in her yard.

    We’ll see. The press reaction is going to be incredibly interesting and I can’t wait to read your blog late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning.

  2. starbucks says they’ll give you a free coffee on tuesday after you vote…

    i’m thinking it’ll be at least friday before some folks are finished voting on tuesday.

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