Tonight, thank heavens, is the last night of the conventions. Hopefully McCain has practiced his speech to the point he can deliver it without putting me to sleep. It's important to hear what he has to say. After all, he is the nominee and he and his take on the issues are what need to be compared to Obama's. Not Sarah Palin's.
I'm going to be in a quandary now. As most of my readers know, I've been a Republican most of my adult life. I switched to Independent with somewhat Libertarian leanings when I became interested enough in politics to really pay attention.
So here is my quandary. There are a lot of Obama's programs and tax and spend philosophy I don't agree with. The poor house is already too close for this old lady. There is no way he can raise the monies necessary for his programs by taxing only the rich and closing corporate loopholes. What I do sense is genuine concern for us and sincerity about changing the way the government goes about it's business - which, of course, is ours.
On the Republican side, I have no idea what John McCain really believes about anything other than it seems to be his God given right to be President. The maverick in him scares me more than it represents change.
One thing to remember is that no matter who wins, he can do no more than Congress allows. Unless the Bush practice of signing statements, which in effect, allows the administration to ignor that which they have just signed into law, remain a common practice.
I would be happy if every incumbent in Congress was thrown out of office. Their performance is that dismal. Will the Alaskans sent Ted Stevens back to the Senate? Will Louisiana send William Jefferson back to the House? Both are under indictment and both are likely to be re-elected. I'm weary of the "throw all the bums out except ours" that keeps these people feeding from the public trough. Our trough.
So tonight is important. Will McCain give a speech of substance and delineate some actual policy or continue the sarcasm from last night? Time will tell. Obama, at least, still holds to his word to run a different kind of campaign.
No matter, however, it's time to pay close to the Congressional races too. The government tends to be totally dysfunctional when one party holds both the White House and the Congress. The question is who do we want where?