October 2008


I TiVo’d Obama’s 30-minute prime-time special last night and, after getting my older son to bed, cuddled up on the couch with my eight-week-old for a good, old fashioned laugh at Obama’s expense. After the first five minutes, I wasn’t laughing; I was texting my hubby (who was on his way home from Ft. Worth) to let him know that he needs to get used to saying “President Obama.”

One of my best friends, I’m ashamed to say, is voting for Obama. I have a feeling that more of my friends, having watched last night’s spectacle, will be jumping on board, too. To be honest, if I was clueless about politics and government – as most Americans are – I would have jumped on the Obamawagon last night.

Obama’s spot was pure political genius and, short of his death or a political gaffe the likes of which this country has never seen (e.g., a nationally televised shooting spree? a run, stark naked through the Capitol building singing “Hail to the Chief?”), we will be waking up on November 5 to a President Barack Obama.

Obama used his 30 minutes of multi-million dollar air time to convince the American people that he’s one of us – not a Socialist, not a career politician, not a bad guy. He used “regular people” to share his message. There was a well-to-do looking woman with children who rations snacks for her family because it’s all they can afford for the week. There was a senior who has been forced to work for 5 of his 10-year retirement in order to pay for his wife’s arthritis medicine. There was a teacher who has to work a second job to support herself and her children.

Yet Obama said time and again that the government can’t do it for us. He repeated that he understands that Americans want to take care of themselves, he just wants to make it a little easier. Obama’s for the “little guy.”

If I didn’t know Obama’s history, his alliances, his voting record, and what, exactly, his party stands for, I might have fallen for it. But I know Obama. And I know politics. “That one” is so slick it’s a little scary.

Our only hope is that Obama governs a bit more like Clinton than Carter (i.e., let’s hope he’s a do-nothing rather than a screw-up).

News of Obama’s infomercial, set to air tonight, is the big story in political circles. From what I hear, he’s planning on taking 30 minutes on NBC, CBS, Fox, MSNBC, BET, TV One, and Univision to explain his economic plan. Brilliant.

Not only is the economy the number one issue on the minds of Americans right now, but he’s going to be dominating media coverage for at least the next 24 hours, and with only six days left before election day, well, that’s an incredible thing.

Will I be watching? TiVo is set and ready to go. Will it convince me to vote for Obama? Not unless he denounces pretty much every political position he’s ever held and somehow proves that he’s not Karl Marx reincarnated.

What do I dislike about the Obama-mercial? The fact that money buys political office in this country. The twisted version of the golden rule – “He who has the gold makes the rules” – rings true this political season. Who gets the media coverage? The guys with the cash. Who gets to spend 30 minutes on several major networks talking about his “Plan for America?” The guy with the cash. Who’s going to be president? The guy with the cash.

My favorite response to Obama’s request for air time was from CNN:

We did not want to pre-empt our programming lineup with a 30-minute spot. We would rather use our air to continue to cover the campaign, candidates and issues like we always do from all points of view with the best political team on television.

I am morbidly curious what Obama’s going to say tonight, and you know I’ll be blogging about it afterward, but I can’t help but be slightly chagrined by the “wealth envy” set who are now supporting the guy who can afford a 30 minute infomercial on prime time T.V. Oh, the irony.

As much as I enjoy politics, this year’s presidential election has left me feeling, well, screwed.

Not only are we stuck with two of the worst candidates in recent memory whose views on government are frighteningly similar (i.e., they are both big-government liberals; they are each merely beholden to different special interests), but the media and state election regulations are leaving the vast majority of Americans with the impression that McBama is our only option.

Faced with the naseating task of voting for either McCain or Obama or casting a vote for a third party candidate that won’t really count for much, many are simply choosing not to go to the polls. Others are deciding to vote for the “lesser of the two evils.”

I will be voting in this year’s election. Call me a dreamer, but deep down I feel that if I continue to vote for third party candidates and convince my friends, family, and people I meet at the grocery store to do the same, one of these days we may actually have a presidential race in which we feel like we have a choice.

This year, however, and for at least the next four, we’re screwed. Neither major candidate is worth the over-priced suits they wear and the vast majority of Americans have no clue that they have another option. The question is: Can America survive another four years of the same old tyranny?

No, I have not fallen off the face of the planet (much to the dismay of some of you, I’m sure!). Having two kids under two, however, has proven to be just as difficult and time-consuming as I thought it would be.

The boys and I are doing great, now that mommy’s being treated for a bit of postpartum depression. Postpartum depression is more common than you might think and, ladies, it’s nothing to be ashamed of! I could see the signs of depression and talked to my OB ASAP (how I love abbreviations…). With some medication I’m feeling much better, and I’m sure my boys are appreciative that mommy’s no longer a big ball of blues…

The newest arrival is healthy and growing like a weed! Now that he’s napping fairly consistently during the day I hope to have time to get back to my blogging very soon. I also plan to do a little early voting this week, which will warrant a blog post, I’m sure.

I appreciate those of you who have checked in on me…remember that stay-at-home mommas get a little lonely now and then! Take care, and you’ll be hearing from me again soon…