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Nervous and Hopeful on the Left Coast For an Obama Win

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I know there are many people who don’t think a Barack Obama win will bring any meaningful changes to how our government does business.

I don’t have a clue if that will turn out to be true or not.

I do know that a win for John McCain guarantees that not only will things remain the same with all of Bush’s insane, Constitution-busting policies kept in place, but it will mean drastic change in the form of two little words: Supreme Court.

Our Constitution and country can’t survive with a crazed neocon conservative majority on the court. If there is no other reason to vote for Obama, that one reason is it.

Therefore, I will be sending out my mantra of Obama win every few minutes.

This has been one helluvah a long election cycle and thankfully it will be over in a few hours.

One advantage of living on the Left Coast is we don’t have to wait the extra three hours for the polls to close in the East before getting state by state returns as polls close.

The first polls to close are those in Virginia and Indiana, which will be 4 p.m. and 4:30 our time, respectively. Barring any major glitches, we should know those results pretty quickly.

Our plans for an evening of return watching are laid out.

The hamburger for the sloppy Joe’s is defrosting, the applesauce is chilling and the fries are patiently waiting in the freezer to get thrown on a cookie sheet for our quadrennial election return watching party.

Hard as I tried to not pay attention to poll results, huge increases in registration of Democrats, and reports of large turn-outs of Democratic voters in early voting states, it’s hard -- damn hard -- not to be heartened by all that.

Although I’m hopeful for an Obama win, I’m still gearing up my skeptical, fearful half to be bitterly disappointed if somehow John McCain pulls off a win.

My inner feelings are telling me Obama will win. Not because of the polling results, but because of Republican defections from and endorsements for Obama.

Migawd, two major newspapers -- one in Alaska and one in Dick Cheney’s home state had editorials endorsing Obama. In Cheney the Dick’s home state for godsake.

Then there’s the hundreds of McCain campers’ resumes floating around like so many locusts storming a wheat field.

It was heartening to see televised tours of various McCain offices around the country where desks sat empty, phones were neatly cradled and silent.

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Sandy Sand began her writing career while raising three children and doing public relations work for Women's American ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation through Training). That led to a job as a reporter for the San Fernando Valley Chronicle, a (more...)
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