Can we hold the election for a bit? I need just a little more time. Not to make up my mind. I know how I’m voting from President Obama to reforming three strikes in California. No, I need more time to marinate in the season. Elections have always been a big deal for me, but this year, not so much.
Here is My Obama, actor friend Ronnie Butler
I was pretty non plussed. It’s been a bit of a challenging year, however there was NO WAY I would vote for Romney. The closing of Campanile has consumed my life for the last couple of months. In 2004 I went to Florida to campaign for Kerry. In ’08 I was in Texas for Hillary in the primaries,
then phone banking in California while pregnant with Rex. I gave money a plenty. This year I gave about $85. $35 was to win a dinner with Obama and Clooney (didn’t win) and the $50 was after Bill Clinton’s fantastic speech at the DNC got my panties in a bundle for the big dog. The Dems email and call me about 20 times a day. They have my vote, but not my attention.
Until now. Campanile is closed. I’m more relaxed. I’m adjusting to the new normal. It took me a few days to notice how hard a hit Monster Storm Sandy was. I’m checking back in! I want to watch political shows, as long as I don’t have to see Ann Coulter, I could even do some door to door in a swing state ( if it was one where they paid my way, which was offered for Nevada). It’s like Obama said at the DNC, all along it was about us. Or in this case me. My life didn’t have time for this little presidential election until right now. So, can we hold off? I’m sure people in Ohio cannot get enough of those commercials! There are some happy ad sales people thanks to Citizens United.
Tuesday night I should be home by 5:30pm PST ( after soccer practice) My remote is broken so I’m going to be burning calories, walking up to the TV and manually changing it between various news stations like it’s the late ’80’s. I have some great olive oil mashed potatoes my husband cooked, Brussel sprouts and a couple of steaks. I’m going to pick up some Red, White ( no blue) wine tomorrow. My husband is going to be next me watching with wide eyes. It’s going to be close and for Supreme Court alone I sincerely hopes Obama is reelected.
In 2008 Campanile was the site of a blazing Election night dinner with big screens and happy Democrats hugging each other. That night I thought our family was rich. Within 5 weeks, life changed dramatically for us. So, am I better off than I was four years ago? On paper, no, but in reality, yes. The money I do have really does exist. In the last few days I’ve spent more time with my husband than I have in a year or more. It’s like a honeymoon, except instead of Tahiti we move boxes to storage units. Four years ago I didn’t have Rex. There are minuses to be sure…I do miss hosting my TV show ( and the check) and my dad, global warming looks scarier every day. These are not things I can lay at Obama’s feet.
I love the excitement that an election year brings. Yes, it’s disruptive to some Facebook friends when you don’t agree with their political posts, ( I have to “hide” some people right now) but Vivien is learning a lot. At school they are doing a mock election with fictional characters. She is campaigning for TinTin. “Please mommy, pinky swear that Tintin and Obama win.” I need more time to get this budding politico involved. At her age I was going door to door for my dad’s campaigns.
I also need a little more time to decide about whether we should slap condoms on the porn stars of LA. It’s Measure B. Shouldn’t it be Measure P?
Note: so bummed I was fired up to vote first thing after I dropped the kids at school, but sadly, the moving has worked my back. Mark was a champ and I need to ice up before I get to the polls.