This morning I paid $3.599 for Super Premium Unleaded and found myself momentarily grateful that the oilmen were in charge. It's remarkable how every time there are elections, particularly when there is bad economic news, this seems to happen. The oilmen are also responsible for this incredibly fucking bloody and horrific war, the increasingly radical growth in extreme inequality, a lifetime of debt for my children, and the probable death of the planet. I could go on. So a little cheap gas once in awhile is really the least they can do.
The conversation that for me seems to happen three or four times a day in different ways is, "Is he going to win?" Which comes with a horrible and brief nod to the possibility of a McCain Presidency.
This election should be a landslide for Obama. The polls say it. The electoral map says it. But there have been two close ones lost under suspicious circumstances, and most people I know don't want to set themselves up for that again. It's like every thinking person on the planet is, in some way, holding their breath.
Today I talked to a political geek friend who said Obama's got the stolen election thing covered. The Candidate is a constitutional scholar, he said, and the ground is already littered with lawyers who have anticipated everything. His people are smart and have resources. Obama's going to win. Things are very, very bad, he said, and no one wants daddy to be in charge. Daddy's a freak. I'm thinking, maybe I can breathe, but I hardly dare.