2008 The Miracle of Flight
posted by October 17 at 15:54 PMon
No, I’m not referring to the Chicago Tribune endorsing Barack Obama, which broke while I was flying between LA and Seattle. I’m referring to my being seated next to—ZOMG!—one of those undecided voters we’ve all heard so much about. Before the plane took off I opened up Americablog, Kos, Sullivan, TPM, etc., to read while I was hurtling home at 500 miles an hour. UDV, seated to my left, asked me if I was following the presidential election.
Why, yes I am.
She told me she was undecided—and she said the word like it was magic—and I suddenly felt a migraine coming on. I don’t like to talk to people on airplanes—because I am a bad, bad man; please stop reading my blog—but I was torn: put the laptop away and talk some sense into this woman, or smile, tell her I had very important cancer research to do, pop on the headphones, pull up the hood on my sweatshirt, and answer “Savage Love” mail.
Where do you live?
Washington state—whew. Washington may still be light blue on some electoral maps, but Washington is giving its electoral college votes to Obama (and, perhaps, the governor’s mansion to Rossi, which is completely and utterly retarded). Off. The. Hook. I didn’t need to put my aversion to in-flight conversation aside and spend the entire flight bringing this woman—a self-described “undecided voter,” and, therefore, an idiot—up to speed on a national election that has been going on for nearly two years now. But I did chat with her for a few minutes, walked her through the reasons why a pro-choice, pro-health-care-for-all, working-class woman like her might want to vote for Obama/Biden and not McCain/Palin. She responded that she just didn’t like Biden—and she connected with Sarah Palin.
I told UDV that it didn’t really matter if she voted for McCain, because Washington state was going for Obama, and so her vote wouldn’t have an impact anyway, so knock yourself out, lady. Or better yet, stay home on election day. But it is wiser, as a general rule, to vote for politicians you don’t “connect with” but do agree with over politicians you do but don’t. She looked thoughtful in that way that undecided voters do on CNN, and thanked me for giving her “so much to think about”—a new hobby, perhaps?—and returned to reading her in-flight magazine.
Oh, and UDV? She’s an African American—is that material?