Monday, November 03, 2008
The Tsunami of Early Voting
The lines to vote early at San Francisco's City Hall only grew larger over the weekend...
...snaking around the block...
...as if the original "Star Wars" had just been released.
According to an article by Bill Hare at "Smirking Chimp" (click here), the phenomenon has been occurring all over the country and presages a literal tsunami of voters coming out of the woodwork for Obama.
Jan Adams of the "Happening Here" blog has an account of the same thing occurring in Colorado where she is volunteering for the Obama/Biden campaign (click here).
In California, there is an additional get-out-the-vote inducer between religious bigots and equal gay rights advocates. The Mormon church has been pouring in most of the money and human resources to ban "gay marriage," which gives rise to a whole legion of ironies, since it wasn't very long ago that their religion was being persecuted for polygamy. Another irony is that the gays and lesbians most passionate on the subject of gay marriage tend to be rather conservative in the rest of their politics, and the church is thereby radicalizing them.
I have a sister in her fifties who would pick up a new religion with each of her marriages and/or serious sexual relationships, from East Indian gurus to Christian cults. She ended up as a Mormon, and her second marriage was annulled because the religion doesn't recognize divorce if you've been joined in a temple. She stayed a Mormon however, and converted her third husband, and now has the gall to display "Yes on 8" signage on her front lawn while her newly married daughter is driving around with a "Yes on 8" bumpersticker after having an openly gay uncle all her life.
The only question now is if my partner Tony and myself will ever forgive them for their public bigotry.
Much of that decision will depend on how the election turns out, and let's pray that the wave of early voting will tip the balance.