Cool Mom Poll Results: You Know Your Country!

I asked on Monday what you thought would happen on Tuesday, not what you wanted to happen in the election. Fifteen percent thought there might be a McCain upset by a hair, but 84% thought Obama would win, and by which margin was split evenly.

Obama poll results Cool Mom

It’s funny that even though I thought Obama would win, when he did, I was – like so many others – quite emotional. And I was not in the tank for him for most of this. He won by more than I guessed.

Even though “my guy” won, I have such sympathy for those that lost: McCain and Palin. Especially McCain, since he has been at it for so long and this was his LAST chance. When my dad lost his local elections, my whole family felt like we had been kicked in the gut.

We forget how vulnerable politicians make themselves.  It’s one long audition. You keep asking people to like you, believe in you, be inspired by you, trust you! And then when they don’t, it’s a slap. It must be especially hard when you get 50 million votes and still lose. Kerry and especially Gore had this. Now it’s the other team’s turn, but I don’t relish it. One day, surrounded by Secret Service and screaming crowds. Yesterday McCain climbed in his car and drove himself home, no entourage.

And enough with the Palin bashing. She’s back home. If anyone should be ridiculed or blamed for the GOP loss, that should go to Bush. I still think that there is a viciousness that people – and especially women – unleash on other women that they don’t on men. I didn’t vote for her, but it was good to see a woman on a major ticket. And you know, I like the husband: Todd didn’t seem to have any ‘tude about being the guy behind the throne, and I like that in a guy.  I can imagine why many would be brooding or sulking.

Anyway, we are free at last, free at last, from the longest election cycle ever… or so it seems.

Victory!

Even though the polls were showing an Obama victory, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel. I wanted him to win, but didn’t want McCain to suffer the fate of Mondale – a humiliating defeat. I think McCain is a good person, but Bush screwed him in 2000 and left the GOP smelling like pee, so it was an uphill battle. Plus, like I reluctantly came to believe with Hillary, it was not his moment in history. That moment was Obama’s.

Moms celebrate Obama victory - Cool Mom

I did LOTS of phone calling for Kerry in ’04 and Hillary in the primary, but when my sister Carole and I phonebanked to Virginia Tuesday morning, I saw further evidence of the Obama campaign’s superior orgnazing skills. We were given not just names of people, but their birthdate, address, other family members, polling place, everything short of blood type. I looked at Carole and said, “No wonder he beat Hillary in the primary.”

I was lucky to be with family and friends at Campanile (my husband’s restaurant) on Tuesday night. They had an amazing set-up with flags and big screen TVs, which is not the norm at this fine dining establishment. There were also election facts and a political quiz put together by yours truly. (I love quizzes.)

It was looking good and we were done with dessert. I turned to say hi to a lady I had seen at the phone bank and suddenly… Obama’s win was announced by CNN! Everyone erupted. I ran to my sister Cecily and hugged her, saw my friend Bonnie crying, hugged her. Then I started crying. Looked at my friend Molly’s sister-in-law Maureen, a school teacher who had made many calls for Obama, silently crying, and I walked to her and we shared a long embrace. I cry thinking of it now. The important struggle of African-Americans in the US is, in a sense, coming to an end. It’s a victory for all Americans, showing that anyone can achieve their dreams here.

Moms calling for Obama - Cool Mom

I was soooo mad about Bush being elected in 2004 ( I don’t count it as a re-election). I was pissed at many Americans. But finally people saw that he was the wrong track. And this is is such a 180-degree turn that it is exciting. 

I am so excited that  I can write in my son’s baby book that when he was born, the president was Barack Obama. My dear stepdaughter Vanessa texted me that she was so happy that Vivien and Junior (his pre-natal moniker) “Are going to grow up never wondering whether America would ever elect a black person as president in their lifetimes.” America beat my expectations, I freely admit.

Next up? Hopefully a woman!

On Momversation: Politics and Family

I’ve just started a new project in addition to Cool Mom – Momversation, a video show and website for moms. In our first video, I’m gabbing with some other mom-bloggers, including Heather of dooce.com, about politics; specifically, what to do when you and your loved ones disagree on politics.

Cool Mom Poll: The Election is Going to End?

What? How can this be happening? I started watching the debates in April 2007. That means I’ve been following the election for a year and a half. Which makes it one of my longest relationships ever! Gosh, the old days. Back when there were like nine Democrats running, including that crusty liberal from Alaska. (I blogged about it on my other website.)

Cool Mom Election 2008

I cottoned to Hillary, worked for her in Texas. Resigned myself to her defeat, told Hillary people who were pissed we needed to move on and support Obama – some told me to shove it. I had my healing during the convention and just when I emotionally could have added an Obama sticker to my car next to my anti-Bush one, I realized, “What’s the point? He’s already going to win California.”

Through Sarah Palin and Rev. Wright and all the twists and turns, I have been there. Now people say, “I want it to be over, enough already.” Really, what do you have that’s filling your life up? Does your reality not depend on cable news and the newspapers and realclearpolitics.com, ’cause I think mine does.  

So for the poll today, as we bid farewell to SNL having any funny moments and campaign surrogates wipe off their pancake makeup, let’s make our predictions. Now this isn’t what you WANT to happen, but rather what you think will happen (since I know this site leans towards Obama supporters). So what do you think will happen on election day?

 

 

 

 

 

And please tell me what you are going to follow on November 5th. Oh, I know: the building of the transition team!

Oh No, She Didn’t! The Sarah Palin Speech

Okay, for what it’s worth, I can’t close out the week without summing up my take on the Palin speech at the RNC. I hear that WHITE, MARRIED MOTHERS are who decides elections. Hey, that’s me!

I have many friends who have been fuming about her latest speech. I got messages like “I hate her,” “nasty bitch,” and “Well, I’d sleep with her.” (That last one was from a Republican guy friend.) I watched her speech a bit after the fact, on Tivo, after Vivien went to bed. I tried to watch with an objective eye, but I expected to want to throw her glasses on the ground and smash them. Surprisingly, I didn’t feel that way when I watched it. Here’s what I was thinking.

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In The Beginning
To start, where was the music? Where was the bio video, ’cause I love those. The Republicans know how to sell a war to us, but can’t figure out basic production value and stagecraft? Come on! I had to hand it to my niece – she won the bet on how Palin would wear her hair, which was mostly down. She looked nice, as did the family, but The Fashion Team side of me (BTW, this Tuesday we will do some political fashion critiquing on the FT at 8pm on the TV Guide Channel) feels her youngest daughter has to be worth a couple points in the polls. Her youngest daughter is a happy-spirited girl who lovingly held her baby brother – awwww! And the pregnant daughter gets an ovation. Which is kind, but can we try to remember it’s probably best not to encourage that?

Special Needs
Sure, Palin scored points with a lot of people by saying she’d be a friend to families who have kids with special needs. No specifics, but it was Bush #1 who signed the disability access law, so who knows? Then there was Todd, the first dude, who was happy to have his ovation.

Better Parts Of The Speech
She mentioned Truman? They wouldn’t let her shout out to Ferraro or Clinton anymore, but she got one Democrat in there. The pit bull line was great, and she ripped into Obama’s community organizing.

Sorry lefties, this was long overdue. I was just talking with my brother-in-law about this during the DNC. What the frig is “community organizing”? They keep saying it like I should care, but I don’t. Say something specific, like “helped drive old ladies to get medicine.” Or “took slumlords to jail.” I don’t know. It reminds me of when my friend used to work in “supportive housing.” After five years, I think I finally figured that out.

Palin scored another “ouch” moment with her “styrofoam Greek column” line. The crowd was so whipped!  She could have farted in tune and they would have loved her. I noticed Newt Gingrich in the audience was holding his applause.

Her delivery was confident, strong, and in charge. I found myself thinking, “If McCain loses, she could very well be the nominee in 2012.” Maybe even her against Hillary? She was slinging some insults, but no more than I expected all along from the GOP. When Obama fans were decrying the “rough” treatment the Clintons were supposedly giving him in the primaries, I thought, “Babies, the Republicans are going to rip him to shreds, just you wait.” I think one of the most cutting things was that she didn’t use Obama’s name until 3/4 of the way through the speech. As if to say, “I won’t dignify him by using his name,” which is meaner than the Democrats did to McCain at their convention.

Weaker Parts
I needed more bio. I needed to hear what motivated her to go from the PTA to the Governor’s Mansion. I think that’s a lost moment. I felt like we went from “Hockey Mom” to “Obama Sucks.” I needed the in-between.

I’m fine with snarky comments, but then she went into bold-faced lies and scary stuff: That Obama will raise your taxes (if you make over $250,000 and, of course, if he can get it passed, which is another thing), then there was the matter of claiming near-victory in Iraq… Hmm, not really. And the oddest statement along those lines was, “Instead of catching terrorists, he would rather read them their rights.” Oh yeah, a nation of laws is such a drag! Didn’t she just tell us for the 4,359th time about McCain being tortured as a P.O.W.? Wouldn’t it be nice if our country, above all others, learned from that? That was the point at which she really turned me off. And the more she plays up McCain’s heroics, the smaller it makes her look. The war hero and the hockey mom? Doesn’t help sell the idea that she could take his place.

The Billing
One thing I like better about the GOP than the Democrats is that they gave Palin equal billing compared to McCain. Her font is the same size as the McCain font, whereas Biden is smaller than Obama’s, like Biden is the sidekick.

Joebama better keep tearing into the economy, because Palin and the rest of the GOP really left that out. Since Obama is such a chicken about talking about being pro-choice (the lame response at Saddleback is a PERFECT demonstration of that), they better get some snappy sound bites about the party of Hoover if they want to win. At this point, I think Palin is an asset.

If only Obama had picked Hillary as his running mate…

Cool Mom Political Poll

And I thought all the fun was over with the primaries! The Democrats pulled it together with Hillary, Bill, Gore, Biden and all to be a superb opening act for a great speech by Obama where he finally forcefully went after the Senator from Arizona. Could this Hillary fan luxuriate in my make up sex with BO? No, cause Friday McCain yells, “take that, kid.” And taps Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska for his VP. Have to hand it to his campaign, they really kept that under wraps. No texting the supporters gone asunder, just a well played political surprise.

It’s a controversial choice for sure…and that was before we found out about her daughter being in the family way (more about that tomorrow). But I gave McCain a gloved applause. After being told by Obama that big Mac was not a maverick he gets to wear the mantle again.

HILLARY FACTOR
Will it bring this pro choice Hillary fan to vote for McCain? No, because my vote goes toward the betterment of all woman and I Believe, that is best accomplished by having more liberal justices on the Supreme Court than the GOP would place. But I have to admit I did like Palin, she is charming. Love that she popped another kid out in her forties and barely missed a beat in her work, even though her baby was born with Down syndrome.

Palin is plucky even if she loses she will get a book deal and a good speaking fee after this. And some of the sweet old ladies in the South I spoke to when I was working for Hillary might go for it. They aren’t comfortable with Obama, don’t love McCain either, maybe a down to earth lady will help them decide.

But, are there some of us who have not decided? Or like my mom, and few friends, are sticking with the Libertarian party, who I have great affinity for?

If the election were held today, who would you, vote for?

Love train

The song they were playing after Hillary Clinton made her dramatic entrance, asked to stop the roll call, and move for acclamation to nominate Barack Obama was the definition of great dramatic stagecraft. And I am not ashamed to say I am a sucker for it. Not to mention my other love, history. This marks the first time EVER an African American-or any person of color has been nominated by a major party for the President of the United States. I don’t care who you are, that’s got to choke you up a bit. Not to mention this African American has a funky name. America is a great place.

It was also a love train for me personally because my niece was with me for the day. As a result I could watch every state and their provincial self-serving introductions, which I always love. Hmm if I were a state what would my roll call intro sound like?

“Madame Secretary, Daphne Brogdon, home of sarcasm and great legs. A place where improvisation is always appreciated, and a good sharp cheddar cheese is celebrated. A loving mother and mostly loving wife, friend to her step-children, a woman who cuts her salad with a knife and fork, much to the chagrin of her husband. Political junkie extraordinaire proudly casts her vote for the GOP to be punished for the 8 years of George W. Bush and for the (hopefully) next president of the United States of America, Barack Obama.”

What would your intro be?

Frustrated Pundit

In all my years on TV I have only been able to do a few political segments, on a few shows. I use to be in talk radio and through that was fortunate to meet a few politicians: President Clinton (while he was in office), former president Carter, and almost president Hillary. But, my love of humor and improvisation steered me away from news. Yes, I did audition twice for the Daily show and didn’t even get a call back. Jerks!

Anyway, this is a set up to say, I watch political conventions like others watch football games. I don’t just watch the party I vote for. I like to see the stagecraft, the strategy, and the lack of strategy. Politics is human nature in action. Which is why when I hear “a new kind of politics,” I think, yeah right as soon as we get a new kind of human, we’ll get right on that.

I tried to watch MSNBC, CNN etc, but they keep yapping. I want to watch the C card speakers and the produced videos. The talking heads have been yapping enough. And unless I get to be one (oh please Lord, one day, please?), I’ve heard enough of them. Except for my favorite, Pat Buchanan. I know, might surprise you, but he is almost always right and doesn’t parrot party talking points. As my sister Carole says, “He’s almost an oracle.”

I’m just glad it will be over before Vivien watches “The Upside Down Show” before bedtime, or I’d be screwed!

Olympics

I have a theory on adults: whether married or single, pretty or ugly, rich or poor, we are all sitting on our couches alone watching TV. It is no wonder there are so many lonely isolated people in this world. With the Olympics, at least for two weeks I have an excuse to be a sloth.

Oh wait, the political conventions start soon. The sloth continues!

Moving Forward: Clinton and Obama

Okay, I’ve got to get into this. All this bad blood amongst Hillary supporters. I was a big HRC fan and gave her the max, traveling to Texas to help her campaign. The more I saw of her, the better I think she got. (Except for that sniper-fire thing, which I still can’t figure out.)

Hillary Clinton primaries

I was positively cross-eyed over the meanness of many liberal media types: Keith Olbermann, various pundits on CNN, most of Air America, Randi Rhodes (who broadcasts like she is in a bar fight), Stephanie Miller (whom I’ve worked with and liked, but had to stop listening to). I felt like, “Hey guys, I’m with you on most issues, so why are you trashing my girl and half of the Democratic party?”

Likewise, I felt totally abandoned by MoveOn.org , which decided to support Obama in the primary, and worst of all NARAL. I wrote letters to both asking them to take me off of any future contacts. NARAL totally disrespected Clinton by not waiting two freaking weeks to the end of the primary so they could endorse Obama. Why? Did they think he wouldn’t want their support in two weeks? As I said back then, for the general election, he would court women more than he had when he was single. And all the sexism in the media had me enraged, not only as a feminist but also as the mother of daughter.

I bring this all up because I understand the anger from the hardcore Hillary email group I am part of… I get it, but to a point. I agree the DNC is lame. That the caucus system disenfranchises poor, frail, older voters (saw that up close in Texas) and the frustration of the proportional delegates (if they had winner-takes-all, Hillary would have won). But that’s the game and Obama’s camp played it better.

I am all for reforming the rules. But I am not for voting for McCain or Nader. I understand people don’t want to be taken for granted, but it hints at a naivete I associated with some of the Obama supporters, i.e., the belief that he wasn’t a typical politician, etc. Well, he’s not typical – he’s a very good politician, which is why he is where he is. But he is playing the system, not changing it.

Look, Hillary is no saint, she’s a tough-ass politician, and so is he. He’s gotten tougher in this race, which is good. I don’t care squat about the lobbyist money nonsense because 1) they are not a monolithic group and 2) the system by necessity calls for pols to compromise. Try getting a majority of 300 million people to vote for you and see how far you’d get. They have to please everyone.

So look, disgruntled HRC fans, I get the rancor. But seriously, let’s move forward. She is. And I love not feeling guilty because I’m not cold-calling other states for votes. Relieved that is over. And let’s not forget the lady needs to get her debt down. I love that Obama wrote her a check for $4,600.

I was doing a bit in my stand up last fall and winter that the Dems could put up a bacteria that has no name and I would vote for it, because after what the Republicans have given us in the last seven years, they deserve to be punished. And the Supreme Court is too important to hold a grudge.

So can I vote for Obama? Dare I say it… Yes, I can.