Those who believe in hope, should never underestimate the power of fear and desperation. And come election day this Tuesday, the latter may very well carry the day, if Barack Obama fails to squeak through the eye of the political needle.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
W. B. Yeats, “The Second Coming
One has to be living under a rock to not sense the fear that has gripped Republicans in the wake of polls showing dwindling electoral options for Senator John McCain going into the Tuesday’s race. The high pitched hum drowning the voices of those who dare hope is the sound of the Republican machine going into spin overdrive. Obama definitely has their attention – thanks to polls and a media that has already crowned him the most electrifying figure to walk the political stage since JFK.
Nothing seems to be off limits in this struggle. Lies, fabrication and innuendo are all par for the course. It’s as if some secret “May Day” APB has been put out to all operatives to make sure “Barack Hussein Obama” does not get elected President. The dialogue of the marginally obsessed has irretrievably been debased.
Because of this, the outcome of Tuesday’s election may very well be closer than polls are suggesting – with the prospect of it going either way very real. Remember Florida in 2000. Stay tuned.