As an ill-informed average American citizen, with no political responsibility or clout, I feel no compunction at all about spouting my mouth off on political topics. And elections are often about voting for the candidate that is not as bad as the other candidates. Given that I think Barack Obama was a good candidate (not perfect, but then again there is no such thing as a perfect presidential candidate) while John McCain was a pretty bad one this time around, I didn't have to spend too many mental resources to decide who to vote for.
And now that Obama has all but won the presidential election with McCain having conceded, I feel quite free to list the major things that I think went wrong with McCain's presidential campaign.
The results for the United States presidential election are coming in, so I thought I would keep track of the electoral votes using Google Maps. It's sad (for me) to see that McCain is winning with 8 electoral votes over Obama's 3 electoral votes at the time I'm posting this, but of course, this is still way too early to say how the election will go.
There were many oddities about the supposed assault of a McCain supporter, where she claimed to be attacked by a black Obama supporter (sexual molestation included). And to no one's surprise except for ultra-impulsive ultra-conservatives, it turned out to be a transparent hoax. The proper way to treat this case is to consider it an isolated but dumb attempt to tarnish a presidential candidate's campaign.
Or at least it would be, if it wasn't followed closely by news of two white supremacists planning to kill Barack Obama and a lot of other black people. And from all appearances, their intent was sincere. They even went as far as arming themselves. Fortunately, they were too stupid to actually accomplish anything. They couldn't even break into a house properly during an attempt at robbery, which would have supposedly been part of their plan to support themselves in their killing spree. And their plan consisted of little more than killing everyone they come across.
This is the second incredibly stupid thing to come out from Obama opposers in as many weeks. No doubt there are plenty of bright people who are against Obama, but the magnitude of the stupidity suggests that the stupid ones are really stupid. I wonder if there is a causal connection? Now I'm confusing correlation with causation, not to mention the overgeneralization ...
Elections in California are less than a month away. Among the items on the ballot is Proposition 8, a proposed ban on gay marriage. If you are a Californian voter who is against such a ban and want to spread the word, then you might be interested in No On 8, a web site dedicated against Proposition 8. It explains what's in the proposition and why it should be voted against. There is also material you can use to show your support, and for those who can afford to do so and have the desire, you can also donate to the campaign.