We often say this is the biggest election in our lifetimes. That's true enough. But it could also be one of the defining moments in our history.
I'm exhausted from a very long weekend. I'm don't know if I have a ton of energy to write about politics today. But let me tell you why I'm optimistic.
1. The numbers give it to Obama. Early voting, new registrations, polling, money, air time, responses to the debates; you name it. There's not a numbers game that the Obama team isn't winning.
2. Even the Obama team is trying to scare you. Here's the logic: if we think he's got it won, we won't work for it. So every e-mail I get from MoveOn.org and Barack Obama says "Nervous? Phone bank for Obama!" At this point, Obama's people are promoting doubt in order to keep people active. McCain's people are the one's going "We've still got a chance." Obama's team is saying "Don't be so sure." It's the argument of a confident campaign.
3. The Bradley Effect is bullshit.
4. Sarah Palin is an albatross.
5. The only story the news media has left is "McCain could pull out an upset."
6. Obama has more than double the number of major newspaper endorsements.
That's just a few.
Hope you're spending today with your head on straight and feeling good. Let's hope Obama closes the deal and gets to spend the afternoon on Thursday with his kids.
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.