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|I Am Skooter|
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
It’s a trueism of campaigning, that a high turnout at advance polls is a sign of impending change. Vancouver’s early voting set a record when voters roundly turfed Philip Owen from office in favour of that political maverick now known as Senator Larry Campbell.
The logic is simple: if people are happy with the status quo, they are complacent about voting and don’t rush out to do it before they are reminded by every media outlet they can find.
It makes me happy, therefore, to read this article in the New York Times:
The Decided Go in Droves to Vote Early
Among some of the 32 states that allow their residents to vote early without an excuse, either by mail or in person, the verdict is already in from a full quarter of registered voters — well into the millions. In some counties across the nation, the percentages are far higher. The early voting will continue for several days in most of the states, but in Louisiana it is already closed, and it will end on Friday or Saturday elsewhere to give time to update the books to prevent people from voting twice.
Change, in this case, would indicate electoral success for Barak Obama and that seems to be a good thing.
I never cease to be amazed at how easy it is to find a commentator ignorant enough to say something stupid like this:
Mr. Schuetz said he voted for Mr. McCain, a Republican, with enthusiasm. His wife, Linda, called the choice the “lesser of two evils.”
The article, of course, doesn’t go on to outline the ways in which an Obama administration could be evil. You can use your own imagination.