Posted on October 30, 2008
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Soon the election will be over, after which I have no idea what I will do with my time other than than attempt to kill the feelings of doom, desperation and despair with liberal doses of pink champagne if the mavericks win or celebrate wildly in paroxysms of joy accentuated with bucket sized glasses of pink champagne if Barack “messiah” Obama wins.  Yet, despite the feelings of intense parochialism this election has generated and keeping aside the issue of Sarah Palin who is beyond moderate views, it is nice and indeed worthwhile to do, as this CNN reporter has done and try to say something nice about the other guy, for as my Mother used to tell me, “If you can’t say something nice, then its better to say nothing at all.” (though if I followed that assiduously, there’d be very little on these pages)

from CNN

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CNN)– At first, many people thought it was a trick question.

“You want me to say something good about who?” said Christine Graham, 43, of Arapahoe County, Colorado.

But it wasn’t a trick. It was just a small attempt, in the final days of a presidential campaign that has at times been vicious and brutal-spirited, to, as they say, bring the country together.

“But I’m for John McCain,” Christine Graham said.

That’s fine. McCain has your vote.

But, knowing that you’re not going to change your mind, Mrs. Graham, say something good about Barack Obama– something that you truly believe.

She hesitated.

“Well. . . .” she said.

She paused for a few more seconds, and then said:

“He’s a dreamer. I think he probably wants to make life easier for people.”

There. Easy as that.

And you, Joel Michel, 53, of Kansas City.

You say you’re going to vote for Obama?


Good enough.

Now say something good about John McCain.


Yes– something genuine that you like about him.

“He seems like a nice guy,” Michel said. “And his war record, of course. The heroic aspect of him.”

Anything else?

“He seems like his own man, not so much a part of the Beltway,” Michel said. “And I think he really wants to get rid of those nefarious lobbyists.”

We were noticing something as we did this: The people, whether they supported McCain or Obama, seemed to be in a little better mood– in an observably more pleasant frame of mind– after they were urged to say something nice about the other guy. During a campaign year that has consisted of so many raised voices and ugly charges, they seemed to like this.

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