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A Victory November 5, 2008

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I am so excited today.  I’ll admit that I have been nervous for the last couple weeks but tonight it proved to be completely unwarranted.  Barack Obama came through in the end and I am thrilled.  I was concerned that I was going to cry because I was so upset that McCain won but as it turns out, it was the opposite.

I’ve always felt bad for the candidates that do not become the president.  I remember being sad for George Bush when he lost to Bill Clinton – that was 16 years ago.  And today, I feel sad for John McCain.  I can’t even imagine what it must be like to want something so much and sacrifice everything ‘normal’ about your life for years in attempt to get the most important job in our country.

Back to things I’m happy about:  A few amazing things happened today (besides Obama winning).

I am from Indiana and for as long as I can remember, it has been extraordinarly conservative.  Though it’s not over, Obama has a very narrow lead in Indiana.  24,000 votes ahead with 99% of precincts reporting.  This election has proven to be a historic occasion already.


Candidate          Vote            Vote %
99% precincts reporting – Updated 1 minute ago

Also….I live in Utah and typically speaking we are as red as a state can be (more than Indiana).  Today (though the precincts have not all reported) we had a small victory.  Obama is winning Summit County (expected) and Salt Lake County (not so expected) and we have the most Democratic leaning election also since LBJ in 1964.


President / Vice President

McCain / Palin (REP)
Obama / Biden (DEM)
Totals 2245 78.66% 1766 61.49% 441,645 35.57% 255,498

Don’t Forget to Vote November 4, 2008

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vote-smart-buttonAfter a long last few months, the big day is finally here.  This is going to be a historic election.  For the first time in history, the US will have either a black man or a woman holding office in our executive branch.  We have heard a lot of arguments for and against each candidate so now all I can say is: don’t forget to go out and vote.  It is one of the most important things you can do in a Democratic nation.  I’m on my way right now!

Politics in Cinque Terra, Italy October 29, 2008

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As Seen In Cinque Terra, Italy

As Seen In Cinque Terra, Italy

Over the last two weeks I have been asked many times if I prefer Obama or McCain.  Obviously by now you know that I’m for Obama.  It seems as though most everyone I’ve talked to is also for Obama.

As Americans, I feel that too often we are oblivious to the fact that our politics affect the rest of the world greatly.  Everyone I’ve spoken to seems to be more concerned with our elections than most of the people I know here.

Monday morning on the train, I was speaking to an Italian woman and she asked me about who I supported and she smiled when I answered and said that she hoped Obama won as well.  Then she said, “McCain just seems too much like Bush.  I can understand the first time Bush was elected was a mistake but you did it a second time and that cannot be overlooked.  I hope for your sake that your country makes the right decision this time.”

I hope for the world’s sake that we make the right decision this time as well.  We are in a delicate position with foreign relations right now and it is more important than ever to make your voice heard and vote.

Education Isn’t Everything October 9, 2008

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This was forwarded to me this morning….

“Educational  Background:

Barack Obama:

  • Columbia  University – B.A. Political Science with a  Specialization in International  Relations.
  • Harvard – Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum  Laude

Joseph Biden:

  • University of Delaware –  B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science.
  • Syracuse University College of Law – Juris  Doctor (J.D.)

John McCain:

  • United  States Naval Academy – Class rank: 894 of  899

Sarah Palin:

  • Hawaii Pacific University –  1 semester
  • North Idaho College – 2 semesters –  general study
  • University of Idaho – 2 semesters – journalism
  • Matanuska-Susitna College – 1  semester
  • University of Idaho – 3 semesters – B.A.  in Journalism

Education isn’t everything, but  this is about the two highest offices in the land  as well as our standing in the world. You make the  call.”

Sarah Palin v. Joe Biden October 3, 2008

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The VP debates last night weren’t quite what I expected.  I think both candidates held their ground fairly well.  Neither really stood out as being a clear winner or loser.  Neither of the candidates answered the questions asked very well.  Especially Palin who openly stated what she wanted to talk about and then did it.

Joe Biden

Joe Biden spent a lot of time talking about himself as opposed to Barack Obama and the ticket.  He seemed very reserved when at many points it looked like he wanted to either a) burst into laughter or b) walk across the stage and kick the governor in the shins yet he maintained his composure.  Overall though I feel Senator Biden came across as the more experienced vice-presidential candidate despite lacking anything of great substance or impact.

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin far surpassed my expectations.  After her past interviews, I thought that she would likely stutter her way through this event as well.  I don’t think she did fantastic but, I set the bar low enough that she was alright.  I felt like she had a few things she knew about and that was all she wanted to talk about….i.e. energy…so she talked about energy for almost every question asked.  The things that I have to say drive me insane about Governor Palin: the overuse of the term ‘maverick,’ the constant mispronunciation of the word ‘nuclear’ (in a thirty second period she said ‘nucular’ six times), and last but certainly not least the smug grins and winking.  I don’t know who she was winking at but I don’t feel it was necessary.

So overall, the first and final VP debate was anticlimactic for me.  I don’t think that it will likely impact the polls in anyway.  Unless maybe, just maybe, other people hated the winking as much as I did.