a particular middle-aged woman in my family voted early and voted Democrat. Though she does not believe in many of the Democratic party’s core belief systems, she couldn’t bring herself to choose a tired man and a tired party. Her long-time friend, a lawyer who has always voted Democrat, voted early and voted Republican, because she couldn’t bring herself to choose a man who’s proposed tax structure would slaughter small business. Two nights ago, they talked on the phone in total humorous disbelief.
“I can’t believe I voted Democrat,” one said.
“I can’t believe I voted Republican,” followed the other.
And me, the registered Independent, hearing about it later, responded, “That sounds healthy.”
What a twister this election has been. I’ve known where my vote is going for a long time. Though I am desperate for one outcome, I still appreciate the push and pull and raking against a partisan system that often blows clouds in front of its citizens.
McCain is losing it, folks. From the New York Times today:
[Referring to Joe the Plumber]
“Joe’s with us today!” Mr. McCain shouted at a cold outdoor rally at Defiance Junior High School. “Joe, where are you? Where is Joe? Is Joe here with us today?”
“Joe, I thought you were here today,” Mr. McCain continued, with dimmed enthusiasm.
Still nothing. The crowd murmured.
“All right,” Mr. McCain said, realizing that Joe was nowhere to be found. “Well, you’re all the Joe the Plumbers!”
For any Jews out there who are worried that Obama won’t be good for Israel, please watch this:
Choose love over fear. Our humanity is on the line here. We can be good again. YES WE CAN!
P.S. And if you’re extra motivated, in typical cheese ball Kimmi fashion, do this…
This guy’s rhymes and adorable parody made me smile and laugh so hard it brought tears to my eyes. He throws in a few stereotypes, but on the whole, he nails it. Especially the pho verse — so damn good!
Beauty in a Wicked World is a weekly column by Jennifer Gandin Le. It appears on Wednesdays.
Halloween costumes are a lot of pressure. I’ve never been a fan of the cheesy one-size-fits-all costumes that come in see-thru bags with plastic handles, and am a firm believer that you should be able to make a great costume from the stuff you have in your closet. So, since I didn’t have much work to do this afternoon, I am currently sitting in a pile of clothes trying to figure out what costume I can make with a blonde wig, alien antennae, ladybug wings, a witch hat, a fuzzy leopard print skirt, a pink ball gown, and a hideous silver-and-lime-green faux Pucci get-up. Do I go as an alien princess? Or maybe a washed up movie star? Pebbles? Other ideas, please?
So I decided to look up what costumes other people are leaning towards. According to Yahoo, most peeps this year, go figure, have politics on the mind. The most popular political costumes, and I think this speaks volumes about our society:
We’ve got one week folks. One week until those of us who didn’t do early voting march ourselves to our local polling location, step behind those sacred curtains, and pull the lever for the candidate of choice (Barack Obama…ahem…Barack Obama).
I, for one, am giddy with anticipation and totally freaked out by the possibility of actually waking up on November 5th with a smile on my face. There’s not much that could make me happier than referring to “President Obama,” but perhaps one thing that would make me almost as joyful is if young people really turn out to vote in record numbers. This is an opportunity for us to prove to all the pundits and columnists (Tom Friedman…ahem…Tom Friedman) who claim we’re apathetic, that we’re actually highly involved–just seeking out the right kinds of opportunities to engage.
Courtney E. Martin
- On October 28, Courtney will speak with the DOVE Self Esteem Fund Tour in San Diego, CA.
- “The Weight of Coauthorshop” in Publishers Weekly
- “The Samaritan’s Dilemma”, an interview with Deborah Stone, at Alternet