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Since we won't be able to share any real news with one another for quite some time yet this evening, I thought I'd ramble a bit about this strange sense of disappointment I'm feeling before the results even come in.

I was with everyone else in flying high four years ago.  Yes, I knew President Obama was not going to be nearly as progressive as I'd like.  I feared he'd bought into the big corporate mindset.  And I knew he'd have of a battle ahead of him.  But we had a Democrat in office after eight years of that horrid Dubya administration.  And we - this racist nation - had elected a Black man.  Who could not be excited?

During the last four years, I've had more than my share of disppointments.  They started just about right away, with Summers and Geitner, and just kept coming.  But there were good moments, too.  And while I doubt I'll ever be able to say that I think Obama's first four years were the best four years of any presidency, I've not had one qualm in supporting him and would never have considered not voting for him.

And now things are looking pretty positive.  Not that I'm not nervous.  Considering thle devastation that would happen under a Romney administration, even if it looked like a slam dunk right now, I'd be nervous.

But I realized that I'm not going to be feeling that sense of elation tonight - or whenever we get word that Obama has won (please god, please, please, please).  Not because I'm disappointed in his first four years (although I have been a bit) and not because I'm worried about what his next four years will be like - I'm convinced they'll be better than the first four.

No, what has me still feeling dissatisfied is that this country is so screwed up that there could ever have been a question as to who would be elected when the choices were Romney and Obama.  I just can't get my head around the fact that nearly 50% of the voters in this country would actually go to the polls and cast a vote for Romney to become president.  PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!  Mitt Romney.  The most blatantly flip flopping candidate ever.  The biggest proven liar.  The man with not one iota of morals or ethics or honesty.  The man who refused to provide his tax returns.  The man who has treated this entire country with such contempt that he believes he can say and do anything and still win.  The man who is so unpatriotic, he's spent untold amounts of money avoiding paying his fair share of taxes so our government could operate decently.  HOW CAN IT BE???

And the people who are voting for him?  Some of them I like.  Some of them I consider smart - most of the time.  Some of them seem to be kind, caring, generous people.  How can this be?  I'm experiencing some kind of strange out of body experience, because it simply does not seem like this can be reality.  

I know none of you can answer my question or make me feel like this is actually real.  But I want to feel that sense of exhilaration that I felt four years ago.  I want to not be able to stop smiling.  I want this to be one of the greatest nights of my life.  And it just can't be, because I'm too damn scared of where this country is heading that a party that wants to do away with social security and medicare and medicaid and FEMA, and leave people to their own luck or lack of for their safety and security is Preferred by nearly 50% of the population.  And a man who is so shallow and empty and cares NOTHING about this country is being selected by nearly that amount.

This race should have been 80% for Obama, with just a few nuts for Romney.  Okay, I know that's wishful thinking.  There are more than 20% of nuts out there.  But how can so many people be so fooled by someone so empty?

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

    by gustynpip on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 04:27:08 PM PST

  •  Well, racism is alive. Still. (3+ / 0-)
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    SquirrelQueen, slowbutsure, kurt

    "No, I'm being judged against the ideal. Joe Biden has a saying: 'Don't judge me against the Almighty, judge me against the alternative." --President Barack Obama, 12/11/11

    by smoothnmellow on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 04:34:28 PM PST

    •  Yeah. They weren't fooled by someone so empty. (3+ / 0-)
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      slowbutsure, kurt, milton333

      They were willing to be fooled by someone so white.

    •  I think that was an element. That wasn't (2+ / 0-)
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      slowbutsure, kurt

      the element.

      The supply side economics/your tax dollars are going to blacks on welfare  mythology of the last 30 years doesn't die overnight.

      The media participated in preserving memes about the deficit, about "job creators" etc, and all of the false equivalency was a major factor. They enabled Myth Romney.

      The primary generator of "fear and loathing" is the religious right, not racists. Racism is a tool that they've used. They're desperate to get Obama out and overturn Roe v Wade.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 04:53:40 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  yeah, it'll be a bit of a downer... (4+ / 0-)

    ...but, I feel a bit of a downer whenever the entire map's not blue.  I live in a conservative state, I know how goddamned stupid they are and what a drag on civilization they are, and I want their ideals to die already.   So, anything less than total annihilation is always a downer for me.

    But, I'll take any kind of win we can get... :)

    "Glenn Beck ends up looking like a fat, stupid child. His face should be wearing a chef's hat on the side of a box of eclairs. " - Doug Stanhope

    by Front Toward Enemy on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 04:38:56 PM PST

  •  The divisions are so painful (5+ / 0-)
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    My sister just posted proudly about her vote for Romney...if only she had stopped there.  But she continued with bashing Obama for "ignoring the Constitution", not being willing to work with Republicans, not having a budget for four years, blah, blah, blah.  

    We're not particularly close and don't see each other often, but her comments were a stab in my heart.  My daughter, HER niece, has a chronic illness, and her future health greatly depends on access to insurance without concern for her pre-existing condition.  I don't begrudge my sister her vote, but I do begrudge her that fact-free rant.  I don't know how soon or how well I'll move beyond that.

    •  Isn't it tough having family members you love (4+ / 0-)
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      buy into all that claptrap?  It's been so hard to be around them these last weeks.  We've learned to not discuss it - or there's no way we'd be talking.  It takes a lot to get me truly angry and then it generally doesn't last long.  But it's been tough.  I've learned to chalk it up to their being so incredibly naive.  That's one of the weaknesses of human nature.  If you're an honest person, you can't comprehend the dishonesty others are capable of, unless you've had direct experience.  That why scam artists are so successful.  And if ever there's been a scam artist, it's Romney.

      So just focus on feeling sympathy for the poor deluded soul and hope she someday develops better radar for scam artists.

      "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

      by gustynpip on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 04:48:48 PM PST

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  •  As President Obama has said: (0+ / 0-)

    "This is not about me."
    I'm like everyone else. I have an emotional investment in re-electing this President.
    However, I realize that when the election is over, he's got to go back to being President for the whole country.
    We need to help the President by pushing the country in a progressive direction.
    There's a lot of communication and persuasion that needs to take place.
    We have to put our emotions aside, take a break, relax, and get back to work to win in 2014 and push the country forward.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 05:02:27 PM PST

  •  Know how you feel (0+ / 0-)

    So true

  •  I feel the same way (1+ / 0-)
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    kurt

    What is WRONG with this country that this isn't a blowout?  And how in HELL did 2010 happen, while we're on the topic.

  •  It is dispiriting to know that half of our (1+ / 0-)
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    kurt

    citizenry will pull the lever (dating myself) for someone like Willard. I completely share your feelings.

  •  It is unreal... (2+ / 0-)
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    kurt, gustynpip

    seemingly normal, sane people such as very close friends immediate family and in laws just as crazy as the rest as the wing -nuts you see on TV.

    I guess Hell's just the place for "kiss ass politicians" who pander to assholes.

    by LeftArmed on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 06:06:21 PM PST

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