I cast a ballot yesterday. Unlike the last election, I was almost proud to vote for my candidate. I voted for John Kerry in 2004 but not because I agreed with his politics or that I thought he was a "nice guy" (he really wasn't); I, like many others, voted for John Kerry because I didn't like the status quo nor did I like the individual that was pushing it. I think that history may look back with large gobs of pity on George Bush given a bit a time; the man that could have done something great but didn't and that probably wasn't smart enough to do it in the first place. He was the residing President when several direction-changing events took place in this country (9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Financial Crisis of 2008 and the "War on Terror") but with all of these events save 9/11 and (possibly) the Financial Crisis the president dropped the ball and ended up in a deeper hole than he started. I can't blame him. National tragedies weren't his forte and, apparently, neither were prudent snap decisions.
What it all boils down to is that the current man in power ruined his own Republican brand. The party that I previously accepted as my own has, over the last 8 years, become the party of incompetence and has managed to completely alienate many previous supporters such as myself. It's the reason that I voted Democrat in 04' and 08'. It's also the reason that Barak Obama will succeed in President Bush's place and not John McCain. I had nothing but fond memories of 1999 and John McCain. He was my man. But then came the 1999 Republican Primary Campaign that would alter him forever. He realized that he had to pander to religious conservatives and that being secular in this country spelled the word "doom" for a Republican candidate. Well, we all know that outcome of 1999. Now we know the outcome of 2008. John McCain, my previous hero of secular politics, went down in flames on a boat loaded with hypocrisy.
I voted for change. I voted for Obama.