The Time Has Finally Come: VOTE!
That 126 million second countdown to finally changing the direction of American is finally over.
It has been a long haul, covering over 1200 blog entries and countless hours of research and writing, but the point of this journey, as the name of this blog suggests, was that following the disappointment of Bush's 2004 re-election I wanted to dedicate myself to doing my small part in covering the political issues facing us up through this election. Many felt the 2004 loss would lead to a collective funk and depression on the left, but what happened instead was the emergence of a true grassroots uprising of a politically activist citizenry in the form of what is now commonly referred to as the blogosphere and netroots.
My personal sights were set on 2008, and now election day is here, and it will certainly be an historic one as Barack Obama is almost surely going to win it if the indications of a massive Democratic turnout, and the polling numbers pan out. I have thought for quite some time that Obama would be the best candidate to help heal this nation and turn things around. Unfortunately for us all, the damage of the Bush years just continues to get worse, so Obama will have a huge job ahead of him. Will he be able to solve all our problems? Of course not. But I think he will have the wisdom to make a great many of the right decisions needed to set us on the right path, and hopefully his term will be extended another four years come 2012. I truly think he has the ability to be one of this nation's greatest leaders.
Other races closer to home will be tighter. I do not expect we'll know the winner of either the Washington gubernatorial or 8th CD races until after several days of vote counting given how close these races are projected to be.
On the initiative front, indications are that Eyman's I-985 will go down in flames with, believe it or not, Eastern Washington leading the charge. I-1000, the Death with Dignity measure looks like it will pass. Hopefully voters will finally vote for a real transit package in Proposition 1 and pull this region into the 21st Century.
But we're not there quite yet. None of the ballots have been counted. Hundreds of thousands have yet to vote. But this is it, this is what we've been waiting for. The time to vote is finally here, so do us all a favor, act on your civic right and duty and