Its the day we’ve all been waiting for. The day when the horse race officially begins, the candidates make their final pitches and those of us who haven’t already voted early will head to the polls. I will personally be waking up at 3:30 am tomorrow morning to work to get Congressman Howard Berman Re-Elected in California’s newly drawn 30th Congressional district.
Although some very minute part of me is excited to wake up, in the middle of the night and work for a man I have come to admire, I can’t help but be extremely relieved it will all be over. Although I (only possibly outdone by Evan) am a self proclaimed political super nerd, the sheer negativity in this election has taken a lot of my normal passion from me. Although I am not naieve enough to think that politics in this day and age could be a civil debate of the issues, the level of negativity (propagated by outside spending), is really disheartening.
Aside from the normal level of negativity, this election cycle has devolved into a near literal fist fight at a debate. While I found it immensely entertaining to be standing in the audience for it, it made me sad the two men with a lifetime of public service could be brought to this 30 second sound bite, simply because our elections require it.
While politics has taken a turn for the nasty and only seems to be going further downhill, I still hold out hope that this election will produce moderates on both sides of the aisle who are truly willing to tackle the issues of the day in a respectable and honorable way. But who knows maybe the above images will be the lasting impressions voters have of our great democracy.