All in all, over the last couple decades, both of our major political parties have drifted from their base positions. This drift of both parties has resulted in a blurring of what they stand for, and as a result the vast majority of voters have come to believe there is no real difference between the two.------and we have seen this result in fewer and fewer of the eligible voters actually voting.
This year, 2008, has seen Senator Obama, a relatively new face on the National scene, work up a large following (his presidential campaign having begun waaay back on Feb. 1oth, 2007) and having the race pretty much all to himself til this year. Only then did he begin to get some competition for attention from others, namely Senator Clinton-----She gathered more popular votes, but Obama got the electoral votes ---and as we all know finally forced Hillary to give up, using a running argument that her obstinacy was dividing the party. (My own opinion of Obama's victory in getting the Democratic nomination for President, was that he was a fresh face, minimal experience, and he is one excellent orator---give him time to prepare a speech put him in front of a teleprompter and this guy could charm the birds outta the trees. (his followers started calling him "The One".
The republicans had a much quieter lead up to their convention, pretty much agreeing on John McCain early in the primaries, he world more excited watching the antics of Barrack and Hillary. The general public attitude was in a contest between John McCain and Barrack Obama, that Obama had the momentum and would most likely be the next president.
Barrack, who had been centering his campaign around the point that he would bring change to Washington , was getting hit hard on his lack of any real executive experience, so to shore up his standings with the public he had Joe Biden nominated as his VP. Two things resulted, the public perceived that Barrack was kinda admitting he lacked experience by adding the longest resident of the Senate in the History of the country to be his VP. and the the other thing is, by not nominating Hillary , enraging the entire left wing of his party (Gloria Steinem and such---) much ado in the media about the disenchantment of many women voters and speculation on how many might just vote for McCain .
Then McCain announced his selection of VP, Gov. Sara Palin of Alaska. The leftist, liberal media went berserk. They accused the Repubs of trying to appeal to the disenchanted Hillary supporters, they mocked Sara for being a Mayor of such a small town, they pointed out she had a pregnant unwed daughter, they ridiculed her "none ivy league" school , that she was govenor of Alaska, so what, the population of Alaska was-----hardly cosmopolitan. and oh my goodness her political opponents referred to her as a hockey mom disguised pit bull. This went on for almost four days, but then the public got to see and meet the Real Sara Palin as she gave her acceptance Speech on Aug 27th, 2008.
----------The Democrats immediately went into a defensive crouch---and like Willy Brown , a long time democratic political genious in California admitted, "We are now playing defense and we (democrats) don't do well on defense---we lose when we have to explain our programs --"
Today its announced that in the latest polls, 52 percent will vote for McCain/Palin, 46 percent Obama/Biden------Me Thinks Senator Obama is really regretting not spending time with the wounded troops on his grand European tour with 300 press people (by the way the democratic party paid for that trip)---it may well turn out that that was the High point of the Jr. Senator from Illinois run for the Presidency.
It would seem the vicious tasteless attacks of Gov. Palin, from the leftist liberal elite have woke up the silent majority------I don't think Senator Obama and his running mate will be able to satisfactorily explain their programs of change and the resulting bigger government ---what with now being so totally identified as being promoted by the leftist liberal establishment.