A few weeks ago I asked my parents if all elections they’ve participated in were this lack-luster (pronounced “really freaking ridiculous”), or it was just this joke of season. They replied all elections are a let down, but this one takes the cake (and Newt probably ate it).
Few people seem to be excited about the upcoming presidential election, even though for many, including myself, it is the first oppurtunity they’ll have to participate in choosing a president. This could be because of what the older generations say about our age group: we’re univolved, apathetic, don’t pay attention, blah blah back in my day blah. I disagree, though.
I think a better explaination for the general “eh” attitude of people towards this election is because the candidates are more boring than Disney Channel shows post-Even Stevens.
I recently interviewed five University students about the campaign, and when each was asked who they would vote for, they each answered immediately “Barack Obama.”
This has a lot to do with the fact that the economy and job market are improving. Obama is now at 50% approval, the highest it’s been in the last year and a half, with the exception of when Bin Laden got in the way of American bullets.nts about the campaign. When asked who they would be voting for, each answered “Obama” with little enthusiasm. This seems to be the sentiment of the whole country. And an article in yesterday’s New York Times described how Obama’s polling is going up.
This might also have to do with the looming election. And when voters look at the potential field they see, on one side, Barack Obama, a predictible and effecient, albeit unaffective incumbent, or on the other side…them.
I say them because, try as the Republicans might, they just can’t seem to be able to whip out a candidate who can stand up to Obama. Romney basically is Obama, only white, more detached (cough cough arrogant and impersonable), and a diffent M-word religion that will probably get him yelled at by some uneducated bigot. Santorum appeals to the sect of voters that fill in the ballot bubbles based soley on how much a campaign speech quotes the Bible. Newt Gingrich is, as Jon Stewart says “The can of La Choy baby corn sitting in the back of your pantry…You don’t know how long it’s been there. You can’t remember buying it, but you can’t remember being without it. And now you have no choice but to elect it president” (also, moon base).Then there’s Ron Paul, who I, personally, feel is so close, but shouting about getting rid of government issued student loans/scholarships, the federal reserve, and leaving Israel on it’s own really isn’t going to get you the vote.
So voters see these people. They see their ineffectualities, their problems, their lack of understanding of, like, the world. And many then decide “at least I know what to expect with Obama.” So they’ll vote for him.
As of now, if the presidential election was a horse race, I would put my money on Obama as the prize-winning stallion, and Oh God (pictured below as) his jockey.