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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Entry for August 20, 2008

A couple of weeks left in August, then all of the months of September and October, roughly two and one half months left until our “historic” presidential election. In one corner, we have a rather uninspiring, fatalistic, curmudgeonly, super senior citizen, Vietnam War hero with many long years of rather mundane political experience. In the other corner, we have a dynamic, inspiring, idealistic, young, inexperienced, skinny snot nosed kid, thoroughly wet behind his big floppy ears. Are these choices supposed to be a step up from George W. Bush? Time will tell.

The rhetoric from both candidates has been predictable. The only campaign excitement left will be their respective choice of veep running mates and possibly the party conventions. If Barack chooses Hillary, he may prove unbeatable. If he chooses someone more competent but less notable, he will be vulnerable provided McCain does not put us into a deep coma with his veep choice.

The polls show McCain may have jumped ahead due to Barack stammering around some pointed questions that Cactus John barked right through. Temporary glitch, I expect the Democratic Convention extravaganza to push Obama way ahead in the polls. I then expect the Republican Convention to be a waste of party money and a waste of TV time, and it may make Cactus John look like an afterthought.

Barring surprising developments, such as Hillary becoming Barack’s veep candidate, I expect the presidential race to even out in the polls by November, with Obama in the lead but with McCain close enough to make the televised election returns worth watching, unless there is an old Cheech and Chong movie on a different channel.

Vote early and often.

James A. Zachary Jr.

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