Today's Faves: Obama Hopefuls

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November 3, 2008 @ 23:17 UTC

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Countries:
Egypt
Candidates:
Barack Obama
Issues:
Civil Rights & Ethnicity, History, International Relations, VwV Top 3
 

Voices without Votes continuously aggregates interesting links about the election from world bloggers. Our authors take turns picking their top 3 personal favorites every weekday.

In contrast with Solana Larsen's post of yesterday, today's daily faves focuses on those choosing Obama as their favorite. On the eve of the elections, most folks are decided - and for those abroad, it seems perhaps even more so. Here are reactions from three bloggers hoping for an Obama win.

1) England for Obama, whose blogger could be called the eternal pessimist, still feels certain of an Obama win, explaining:

In preparation for this, I view tomorrow night not with dread but with total resignation. I won’t be surprised or upset if it all goes wrong because I have already lived every horrendous scenario. Like some uber-negative war-gaming computer, I’ve played out every nightmare scenario through a CNN interactive electoral map. If there is carnage among Obama supporters I will be standing calm, quietly muttering “Knew it” to myself as a tear of lost childhood innocence slides down my cheek.

Luckily, Barack Obama is going to win tomorrow. The rational part of my brain knows this to be true. The polling is far too consistent, the early turnout far too high and the electoral college far too favourable for any other outcome. It may be a little closer than it looks right now - but Obama will be President Elect.

Given the near certainty – please baby Jesus – of the outcome, I want to use this last column to do something that doesn’t seem to be happening very much, and that’s look at what an Obama presidency will be like.

The blogger goes on to explain a number of reasons that Obama will be more moderate than we - and especially Brits - expect.

2) Also from the UK, Norfolk Blogger is hopeful for an Obama presidency. In a post entitled “Why every decent person has to hope the polls in America are right,” the blogger says:

All the latest polls show Obama with an average lead of around 6%. Taking in to account the margin of error, this means that Obama should be elected. That in itself is staggering, given his ethnicity and the negative, sometimes racist overtones of the efforts to stop him. But it tells us much about how America has changed.

An America which a few decades ago set dogs on black voters at the polls, a United States that just 8 years ago blocked roads in black areas of Florida in order to make voting harder for them to vote, should elect a black president. What an historic moment that would be. It would underline that the USA has changed, not its politics, but its demographics.

3) Our third and final post comes from not necessarily an Obama supporter, but…I'll let her words speak for themselves. Egyptian Chronicles reminds us to vote, and vote Democrat:

My dear American readers who will vote tomorrow whether an Arab or non Arab , that is your country and you know it better than all of us , choose who will really serve for your country in its best interest , my dear American Voter I do not have anything to you expect DON'T VOTE REPUBLICAN

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