16 years ago today I voted in my first presidential election. 1992 was a historic year for many young adults. It was the first time in a long time that any politician had paid attention to us. And Bill Clinton and his team, they not only paid attention to us, they valued us. Bill Clinton swept into office that night on a wave of optimism. A country that was down, but not out, was determined to be something better.
Tomorrow, I see a similar choice. I haven’t been a huge supporter of Barack Obama’s, but I definitely like what he stands for. He hasn’t gone for the low blow during this election–and after years in the business, I’m impressed. I thought he’d eventually wade into the mud, and I haven’t seen him do that. Instead, I see Hope, Optimism, a promise to do what he can to make things better.
Even more, I see someone who is willing to tell us the hard truth even when we don’t want to hear it. And goodness knows, we need that more than ever.
Plenty of politicians are playing the same old game. The GOP doesn’t seem to get the situation they’re in. I keep hearing the same old tired lines of 20 years ago. Hang around KY and OH for long and you’ll hear words like Liberal, Tax and Spend, Pro Abortion, as if they had the same effect they had 10 years ago. I see a lot of whining and negativity. I even see outright lying in a few races. And we’re finally the closest we’ve been in over 20 years of unseating McConnell–I can’t even say his name without my skin crawling. His self-serving, smug, self-satisfied grin may actually be wiped off his face. Nothing would please me more than handing him his hat tomorrow night. If we can stomp on it along the way…even better. (Yes, I’m normally nicer than that, but I really, really, really dislike Mitch.)
I can’t wait to see tomorrow night’s results. I’m proud to take my 8 year old son to the polls with me tomorrow–where he is anxiously awaiting a chance to vote in the Kids Vote election. I can’t wait to meet all my neighbors and see the record turnouts. Its going to be a GREAT day for democracy!