OPINION- Voting day must be near because emotions are heating up and everyone is vying for their candidate to win. The attacks are getting more severe; the fight more bloodthirsty.
Not just between the candidates, but between us, the citizens.
The recent first presidential debate was a beautiful thing.
It has appeared as though the media has favored President Obama, hardly reporting on his gaffes, but opining between the lines that he is the great orator of our time; an assertion that I am still trying to substantiate.
It was not an “off-night,” or the altitude, as Al Gore explained; it was President Obama without a script.
Governor Romney outperformed President Obama on every level. He was fantastic. There were no teleprompters and no applause from the crowd yet Romney emerged as a capable, formidable leader in every true sense of the word. President Obama could not deliver and could not defend his miserable four-year record. And, he knew it.
Even Obama’s strongest supporters admitted that he looked weak, bored and contemptuous.
I expected Obama, through his embarrassment, to go on a vicious attack afterwards and he did not disappoint. Obama had to go for the jugular after showing his obvious signs of weakness in the debate. Obama swiftly and blatantly referred to Romney as a liar. It was reminiscent of a spoiled child not getting his way after a schoolyard quarrel.
Romney, for the first time, is leading in the polls. Obama thought he had this in the bag and realized, maybe shockingly so, that people need more than swagger, eye candy and promises of never ending funds to maintain their support and get their vote.
We have gravely overestimated Obama’s capability as president and greatly underestimated Romney’s likability and experience as a leader.
Thank goodness for a great debate to level the playing field. Now, we have a real “game”. There is no clear-cut winner now, only a true contender and race for the presidency.
Is the threat that Romney just may win this election ramping up the vitriol and disdain between us? Social media, emails campaigns and dinner-conversation attacks are accelerating and getting more personal. Messages of hate on Twitter are finding their way to those who convey their support for a candidate. Articles engaging in bitter contempt toward specific candidates are cropping up in newspapers across the country.
Let the candidates duke it out but we should be able to maintain our civility. Yes, we can certainly engage in eye rolling, heavy sighing and the temptation of wanting to punch the talking heads of media in the mouth; we are, after all, only human. Yet, we can only cast one vote – our vote; and we can do so without engaging in battle ourselves.
Your favorability towards a certain candidate does not declare you incapable of thought or a sheep that blindly votes without cause. I may not understand a vote for the “other” candidate, but I certainly feel no ill will towards the one who casts it. Why do we feel it such a responsibility to influence those around us to vote as we vote? Must we feel that we are the only smart one in the room with a mission to save the rest? We are only accountable for our singular vote. All we can hope for is that as we cast our vote, it will mean that we have done our homework and that we have chosen the candidate who can lead the country.
There will be a November 7 – the day after the election; and we do not need civilian casualties among us in the aftermath of the war of words that we are engaging in.
This isn’t personal; it’s business – the business of our country.
Kate Dalley is a news commentator and co-host of the Perspectives morning show on Fox News 1450 AM 93.1 FM. The opinions stated in this article are hers and not representative of St. George News.
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