• It was a boring campaign. Oh sure there were a few scary moments when it looked like Bachmann, Santorum, Trump and Cain were actually being considered as legitimate contenders. But once we were all done laughing at them it was dull as dishwater.
• It was a really long campaign. It lasted 4,675 months. Give or take 6 months.
• I didn't think that Barack Obama would win.
• I didn't think that Mitt Romney would win.
• I was 100% sure that Sarah Palin wasn't going to win. That in and of itself was HUGELY comforting.
• On Twitter many political discussions were saturated with cynicism directed at politicians and the political process. Buncha sooky babies -- apathy and cynicism are luxuries no grown up can afford.
• I was not entirely sure that it mattered who won the US Presidential election. I think non-Americans have more respect for the President than many American citizens and we often over-estimate the power of the office. The President can not do much if (as has been the case for the last few years) the senate and the congress are populated by people whose main goal is spouting populist rhetoric in order to get a sound bite picked up by the media.
• Recently I read "The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings: A Five-Generation History of the Ultimate Irish-Catholic Family"by Thomas Maier. This book used the Kennedy family as a frame work upon which to pin discussion of the changing political and economic climate in the US for the last 150 years. It was disheartening to see the similarities between the racist treatment of Irish immigrant politicians (ie Kennedy's ancestors) in the late 1800s and minority politicians (ie Barack Obama) today. Furthermore, the issues faced by John Kennedy and Richard Nixon in the 1960 election were more nuanced, sophisticated and progressive than those in the 2012 election.
• After years of catering to the religious right (a segment of the American population that frequently derides both Catholics and Mormons as NON-Christians), the Republican party put a Mormon and a Catholic on the same ticket. I am still laughing.
• We were out of town when the Republicans had their convention. Then our internet crapped out during the Democratic convention and so I didn't watch either. I'm pretty sure if I'd watched Clint Eastwood yell at that chair I'd have written a blog post. It would've involved going through a checklist of symptoms indicating a person suffers from dementia or Alzheimer's.
• I could not think of a witty way of saying "Hey America, your economy is tanking and people set up blogs to solicit donations from strangers in order to pay their medical bills. Don't let your election get bogged down by asinine discussions of bullshit "issues" like Legitimate Rape. FOCUS!" See. That's not witty. It's just angry. But damn accurate.
But it's all over now. As of November 6, America has Obama for another four years. All Americans will have
Damn. They're stealing all our good shit.