While traveling, unless we were speaking to native English speakers (mostly Brits and Australians), nobody assumed we were American.
They'd guess German or Dutch. Which was fine with us, but odd, considering that we'd both polished our white sneakers for the trip, and had on matching shorts, sweatshirts, and sun visors.
Everyone we met in Turkey, when they learned we were American, asked who we were voting for.
Everyone. Europeans, Turks, travelers, taxi drivers. Everyone.
And then there would be a pause. "Obama?" Pause. "McCain?"
And we would say, "Obama. Pray God it's Obama."
They would look hugely relieved. And then they would ask if we thought there was any way he could not win. Is it really possible that McCain, who is old, and will just continue on like Bush, and who chose this stupid, laughing-stock woman as a running mate, could win?
And we would say, yes, McCain could win. Sure, at the end of the day, a lot of our country could step into the voting booth and be all, "You know, I just have to vote for the white man."
"Really? In the United States?"
"Really. In the United States."
Not to denigrate our country (and then of course we'd proceed to do so) but most Americans, even if they knew it was a country, probably couldn't find Turkey on a map. Nor Europe, for that matter.
Do I believe that most Americans make intelligent, informed choices? Please. I believe most Americans don't even read the labels on the food they buy. They watch the negative ads the McCain campaign has been running and just eat the lies.
The sheep, however, are not what pain me most; it's the intelligent people. The bulk of the (small number of) people I know who are going to vote for McCain are bright, and well educated. And they're going to do it anyway.
So do I really have faith that the hoi polloi will vote for the more intelligent, well educated, reasonable candidate?