Tuesday 4 November 2008 in the U.S. will be election day. Finally. (whew)
Personally, I don't give a rat's ass who you vote for, but I do hope that if you are registered to vote that you do so.
Polls Are Not Votes
Polls are useful tools up to a point. They give the media and policy wonks something to gauge what the electorate is up to. The problem is that some of us won't talk to pollsters and, given some of the pollsters' questions, the results may be biased by the poll or biased by the subject. In any event, we do not live in a country where the latest poll results determine who actually wins elections.
Red, Blue and Purple
It doesn't matter if your state leans or is solidly in favor of one party or another or if you are determined to vote for a third-party candidate. You can argue the merits or deficiencies of the American Electoral College system, but you should really vote even if you think your vote "won't really matter" because (a) everyone is agreeing with you or (b) everyone hates your guts and everything you stand for.
Because this country has been pretty evenly split the past eight years, and no matter the poll numbers before Tuesday, we don't know anything for certain until real actual people go out and cast real actual votes.
See You On The Other Side
Hopefully we won't have any technical problems severe enough to either question the results or delay them. So politically speaking, I'll see y'all on Wednesday 5 November 2008 -- where we can talk about talk about the winners and losers.
And see who has already started campaigning for 2012. Because, you see, there are really four years between elections, not two. So we really could have the 365x4 Endless Campaign... (ahhhhhh!)