There’s just a couple of days left until the end of the US Presidential Election and I’m glad this only happens every four years. I’m exhausted and can’t handle any more. I just want it to be all over now.

As I’ve previously indicated, I’m rooting for Obama. I’ve been giving this a lot of thought over the past few days and have come to the conclusion that I’m not exactly pro-Obama, but fearful of another Bush clone (and his nutbag sidekick) taking over the White House. The world is is a state o’ chassis (as Joxer Daly famously said) and I don’t want an angry, bitter old man with his finger on the button.

I am truly fearful of what Palin could get up to as VP. Aside from making Tina Fey a bazillionaire, her gaffes would recall Bush Jr’s worst slip-ups and remove even more of the gravitas that should be associated with the Presidency. And when (not if) McCain shuffles off this mortal coil, who’ll be there to fuck things up? I shudder.

On the other hand, I’m optimistic that Obama will cleanse the political palet of the US people, reminding them that their commander in chief doesn’t have to be the kind of guy you’d want to have a beer with… reminding them that anti-intellectualism should not be a badge of pride… reminding them that pride in their own country doesn’t have to be at the expense of the integrity of someone else’s.

I would hate for any readers of this blog to interpret my dislike of right-wing Republicans as a generalised dislike of America or Americans. I can separate the Presidency from the people. I’ve visited the US many times (and no, not just NYC) and have absorbed its mass media since I was born. I think America has had a wonderful and positive impact on the rest of this planet. I’d like to view Bush and his ilk as a blip. A momentary lapse in judgement. We all make mistakes. Making Obama President is an opportunity to move on and demonstrate to yourselves (and the rest of the world) that you haven’t fallen for the same old right-wing nonsense.

Please don’t prove me wrong.

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