Thursday, October 23, 2008

12 days

I said to my son that I didn't know if I could get through the next 12 days. There is a saturation point at which the brain shuts down. Shakespeare was right ( tomorrow and tomorrow creeps....). If I have to look at those faces, if I have to listen to those words, if I have to think of the possibilities if the unthinkable happens.

My son directed me to an article by Larry David in today's Huffington Post. I found myself laughing out loud as he seems just as neurotic and overwhelmed as me. I am sure that those on the other side are feeling just as hapless and probably much more hopeless, as the polls point towards a Democratic victory. We must be a nation of head bashing, hand wringing wrecks as we wait out the days, hours, seconds and nanoseconds until November 4.

I cannot read one more poll, and try to interpret it. I cannot listen to one more misstatement and try to ignore it. I cannot even listen to one more endorsement for the candidate of my choice, as I wonder how anyone could still be persuaded to change his or her mind at this point.

I avoid people who don't hold my views. I am tired of discussions among those who share my views. I have heard the arguments, I know the talking points. I long for the ability to sit back and enjoy a baseball game, or football game for a few hours, but the magnitude of the election is relentless. I hate that we have so many television shows devoted entirely to what happened today and what is going to happen tomorrow in the lives of the candidates. The tv clicker has a mind of its own as it directs me to these channels whether I want to go there or not.

We are all in need of a mental vacation. If the fact that we are losing our jobs and our life savings wasn't enough, we are unable to extricate ourselves from the political follies. I can only imagine what a brain scan of the candidates would reveal. Barack Obama has spent almost 2 years of his life speaking and speaking and speaking some more in his efforts to overtake first Hillary Clinton and now John McCain. As for Senator McCain, he has now had to devote a great deal of his mental energies to try to make up for the disasters Bush and Palin have placed before him.

12 more days. 12 more days. 12 more days.


David B said...

The Times sums up the candidates brilliantly. No need to talk about the election any more, just whip out your copy of their editorial. ! It has it all, ...clearly written, concisely thought out, and brief.


Robert said...

If you are talking about the endorsement of Obama by the Times ( I read it online last night, so it is not even in the daily paper until today)then I agree wholeheartedly. I read it and told Richie that it was brilliant in its simplicity and straightforwardness.

How can the facts that the Times sets forth escape so many people? We are collectively holding our breath for the next 11 days. I can't wait to exhale.