What lines?

Posted by Steve on Tue, 11/04/2008 - 5:00pm

I took the dogs out for their walk this morning and decided to cruise my local polling place (the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Sciences... and, no, I don't have a clue what they teach there) to get an idea of how long my wait was gonna be. I figured it would probably be somewhere between the aggravation of the checkout line at the Hamilton Ave Home Depot and Zep reunion tickets.

I was shocked when not only didn't I see a line. I didn't see anyone even walking into the place. My neighbor across the street strolled out with her young 'un and told me that it was a ghost town inside. That really surprised me, especially because NY doesn't have early voting so it was all happening today. My buddy in Hoboken said he had to wait for over two hours this morning.

I decided to shorten up the leashes and chance it with the dogs. The polling place workers looked pretty lonely and thankful for the company. I saw three times as many people voting for the midterm elections.

Then it occurred to me. Bay Ridge is the most conservative district in Brooklyn. It's the home of the state's Conservative Party. Could it be that McCain voters saw the writing on the wall for NY State, where Obama has been leading him by as much 70% in some polls, and decided "why bother?"

I make no bones about who I'm supporting this election. After all, my older brother and sister-in-law are in a GOTV commercial in the midwest for Obama. But, come on, you've still got to turn out for your candidate. He's been on a 20-month road trip and you can't spend a few minutes to at least let him know you appreciate the effort? We're trying to have a democracy here, folks.