Hoping for change

“If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things.

And you know what? It’s worked before, because it feeds into the cynicism we all have about government. When Washington doesn’t work, all its promises seem empty. If your hopes have been dashed again and again, then it’s best to stop hoping and settle for what you already know.”

–Barack Obama, 2008

Funny how your own words will sometimes come back to haunt you. In the waning weeks of what has been the most divisive presidential campaign in my memory, President Obama has made this election about small things. Not because he doesn’t have a record to run on, but because his record is not a good one. Blaming your predecessor only goes so far. Blaming a do-nothing republican congress doesn’t wash when your party had control of both houses for two years with precious little to show for it.

I’d hoped for change.

I’d hoped for compromise and an end to partisanship in Washington.

Yes, things have changed, but from where I sit it’s not been for the better.

I’ll be staying away from all forms of media on election day.

I’ve cast my vote already. Regardless of who wins the White House, something’s gotta give.

I’m weary and tired of politics as usual.

I think we all are.

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8 Responses to “Hoping for change”

  1. jake November 5, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    You aren’t alone. Tomorrow actually makes me nervous, and I’m not a majorly politically-minded person. Anyway, happy election day to you, I’d highly suggest you watch ALL of the Harry Potter movies.

    • katdish November 6, 2012 at 8:29 am #

      I’ve already watched all the Harry Potter movies–multiple times. Maybe I’ll just watch this week’s episode of The Walking Dead again and be grateful we’re not living through the Zombie Apocalypse. Yet.

      • jake November 6, 2012 at 9:13 am #

        The zombie apocalypse might be preferable to what’s going on…

  2. Ricky Anderson November 6, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    Please tell me you voted in the whoopee cushion!

    • katdish November 6, 2012 at 8:41 am #

      DANG IT! I should have done that. Maybe I’ll go stand outside the polling place today wearing it and a sign that says “Be sure to vote! It’s a gas!”

  3. SimplyDarlene November 6, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    I wrote your name in on one of the lines…

  4. Melissa from the Blue House November 27, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    Yep. I think the zombie apocalypse is in our near future. How depressing. 🙁

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