…or so I hope:
So here’s the situation. The sitting US president is an incredibly divisive figure. The challenger is pushing a single big policy issue, in which he believes he’s at an unassailable advantage. And the opposition are so fired up with loathing for the president that they’ve convinced themselves they can nominate a gaffe-prone plank of wood from Massachusetts and still walk home to a win.
If all this is starting to feel eerily familiar to you, it might be because we’ve been here before…
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In which I cover the Obama apotheosis for the New Statesman
In October 2008, my trusty companion Scot and I flew to New York, hired a car and hit the road, so as to answer the vexed question: could the land of Bill O’Reilly really be about to elect a left-wing black man with the middle name ‘Hussein’?
Along the way we met Republicans and Rednecks for Obama, the punk rocker doing Joe the Plumber’s PR, and a heavily tattooed backwoodsman named Rusty who casually asked if I could get him a job. We also visited the Creation Museum in Kentucky – whose founder and CEO was later noted to have encouraged the internet to pray for my soul (apparently I’m ‘without excuse’).
And all the while, I scribbled frantically for the New Statesman, in my role as the magazine’s US election blogger. My posts are archived below.
- Harassed or ignored? It’s all a matter of geography – on how the electoral college distorts campaign strategy (October 21st, 2008)
- Betting on Pennsyvania – John McCain’s best shot at victory (October 28th, 2008)
- Sweet, crazy people – a visit to a McCain-Palin campaign office in Ohio (October 30th, 2008)
- Purple America – on racists in New York, Rednecks for Obama and the convenient fiction of the red-blue paradigm (November 4th, 2008)
- Eve of the election – an Obama rally in North Carolina (November 4th, 2008)
- Disappointment can wait – the election night scenes in Washington DC (November 5th, 2008)
- Putting the fun in fundamentalism – a trip to Kentucky’s museum of creationism (November 6th, 2008)
- Vote early, vote often – on how early voting could affect the result (October 22nd, 2008)
- Campaigning in the 51st state – on Democrats and Republicans abroad (October 24th, 2008)
- New York City Welcome – on immigration restrictions and a warning not to spit (October 27th, 2008)
- The Village Voice – overheard in New York (October 27th, 2008)
- Nowhere Man vs Hero of Fitness – on Republicans for Obama, and John McCain’s strange absence from New York City (October 27th, 2008)
- Drill, baby, drill – on the environmental debate (October 29th, 2008)
- Barack the vote – on Chicago’s favourite son (October 31st, 2008)
- Indiana’s quandary – how farmers made safe Republican state swing (November 3rd, 2008)
- Overheard in North Carolina – Rusty seeks employment (November 3rd, 2008)
- Political losers – on quixotic campaigns (November 4th, 2008)
- Animosity and Shenanigans – on mutual distrust in American politics (November 4th, 2008)
- Hope and inspiration – some final thoughts (November 7th, 2008)