It's almost here. In less than 24 hours, the polls will open and we finally get to vote. I'm not dissing those in states with early voting. In PA we have to wait until Election Day. It's kinda like not opening presents until Christmas morning.
Anyway, the polls are showing us the trends and predicting the eventual outcome. The candidates are taking one last stab at getting the message out in the swing states. And, as usual, there are still people who say they are undecided as to whom they will pick in the booth.
The 2008 Presidential Campaign has been the longest in history. For 21 months, we have been inundated with polls, pundits, ads, debates, rallies, caucuses, primaries and surrogates. Every facet of every candidate has been poked, prodded and vetted. There is virtually nothing we don't know about Obama, Biden, McCain or Palin. In addition to the Final Four, we got to know the other challengers in the bracket. We learned about Hillary, Mitt, Rudy, Dennis, Mike, Ron, and John. We even got to know that whack job from Alaska who threw the rock in the river. Hundreds of books have been written over the years about George Washington, and we know less about him than we do about this year's crop of candidates.
We've learned about how they grew up, where they went to school, their military records, their spouses, their religious beliefs, their net worth, even their bowling style. Oh, yeah, we even learned a thing or two about their political philosophies and plans for their prospective administrations. Is their really anything we don't know? Maybe, but I doubt it. The World's Toughest Job Interview, (sorry, Mr, Trump), is about to end and it's time to hire somebody.
But wait, it seems some members of the search committee can't make up their minds. How can this be? Hardball's Chris Matthews asked the question the other night: "What do they want, breakfast in bed?" It's a fair question given all the exposure the candidates have had. Let's have a closer look, shall we?
America is a democratic republic. We elect our representatives in government. The right to vote is, or at least should be, held sacred by every citizen. The only restrictions we place on the ability to vote are citizenship, minimum age, residence in the district where you want to vote, and registration prior to voting. Over the years, we have eliminated property requirements, literacy requirements, and poll taxes. The franchise has been guaranteed to women and minorities. We have absentee ballots and early voting. Efforts to get out the vote are widespread and massive. Nothing should stand in our way to keep us from voting, save being in a coma.
The candidates are given every possible opportunity to tell us what they stand for and what they believe in. It is virtually impossible, in this day and age, to be ignorant of at least knowing there is an election going on. We have 24-hour cable news, talk radio, blogs, and hundreds of millions of dollars spent on advertising. Nothing should stand in our way to keep us from making an informed decision as to who we want to be our leader for the next four years.
Why, then, are some people still undecided? It simply eludes me. Left, right or middle, there has to be something that Barack Obama or John McCain has said that makes you favor one over the other. Male, female, young, old, rich, poor, gay, straight, religious, agnostic, dove, hawk, it's time to get off the fence.
It is possible that some just don't care. That's sad for many reasons. We are only as strong as the choices we make. And besides, if you never decide, if you never vote, then you don't get to gloat if your guy wins; you don't get to bitch if your guy loses.
So, c'mon all you wishy-washy undecideds. Get your head out of where it doesn't belong. Make up your minds, will ya?