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Surely the current US election will be one of the most memorable ever, and one of the most historic?

I’ll be one of the news junkies be going through cold turkey on the 5th of November, as the ever amusing Cassandra suggests. (What a pleasure it is to enjoy reading her serious pieces in the Sunday Times magazine and then, surprise, find her name at the end). Luckily, I have some other distractions.

I will be surprised and disappointed if Obama doesn’t win by a landslide. I am looking forward to a different America on the world stage. It will be good to see the back of nasty, fear-mongering Rovian politics in America too.

It’s too bad for John McCain that he will be remembered as the antithesis of all he purportedly aspired to be. This Rolling Stone portrait is pretty devastating and it has the ring of truth.

What kind of man tells the world, not just America, with a straight face that Sarah Palin is

exactly what we need in Washington ?

What a parable this is going to be for future generations.

And laughs, largely thanks to Tina Fey. Click here if you haven’t seen the word-for-word video, or here if you want quick proof that the lights are on but… nobody’s home (trust me).

The idea that a part of the American electorate could see nothing wrong here is a bit worrying. Other electorates have unfathomable blind spots, loyal Marcos family voters in the Philippines come to mind, but they don’t matter as much.

Supposedly the “precriminations” have begun in the Republican camp.

Here are a couple of the week’s entertainments

The Vet Who Didn’t Vet

Tina Fey

More seriously, the poignancy of Ben Smith’s note that black voters may find the experience overwhelming

For me the most moving moment came when the family in front of me, comprising probably 4 generations of voters (including an 18 year old girl voting for her first time and a 90-something hunched-over grandmother), got their turn to vote. When the old woman left the voting booth she made it about halfway to the door before collapsing in a nearby chair, where she began weeping uncontrollably. When we rushed over to help we realized that she wasn’t in trouble at all but she had not truly believed, until she left the booth, that she would ever live long enough to cast a vote for an African-American for president.

was matched by the photograph that moved Colin Powell and inspired him to repudiate his party’s campaign and endorse Obama.

I’d have thought Powell an electable Republican candidate, that is to say one that some Democrats could have voted for. What happened? I hadn’t registered that it could have been Powell v Obama.

In fact, I don’t think the news will stop on November 5th.

Update: Tomasky says to brace for 9 days of high entertainment!

2 Responses to “November 5 Looms”

  1. j says:

    I’m not holding my breath, as the Bradley effect could still affect things. Most of my East Coast WASP aquaintances seem institutionally racist, and they’re criticised as left wing pinko liberals by the “fly-over” belt. But will be having champagne for breakfast if he does it!

  2. I’m relaxed. It’s going to a 10 point landslide unless … but let’s not go there. Michael Tomasky video blogged about it this morning in the Guardian but never returned to the theme.

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