DOOM ANTIDOTE: Chicago Ground Report…Not a single bad thing said to me all day in a Romney/Ryan tee shirt…AND I got 15 compliments on it!
There’s just no way Barack Obama wins this election…not if I could spend all Friday in a Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan tee shirt out and about in downtown Chicago without a single person saying a bad word to me or even looking at me cross. AND, on top of that, I kept track of the people who stopped me on the street and either said something positive about Romney winning or who just gave me a thumbs-up.
It was nice enough yesterday afternoon and evening that I was able to wear just a long sleeve jersey with the Romney/Ryan tee over it and I walked up and down Michigan Avenue, went to Lucky Strike bowling alley, saw a movie with my boyfriend Justin (Wreck It Ralph, which was great by the way), and tried to find as many places with crowds of people as possible just to see if anyone would say anything nasty to me for not supporting Obama. Even on the Red Line “El” (which I rode from the Loop all the way to 95/Dan Ryan and back…which is the south side, meaning I was the only white guy on the train after the Sox Stadium stop) I didn’t have a single problem from anyone.
Back in 2008, I could not have walked to the end of my block in a McCain/Palin tee shirt without someone screaming at me or wanting to kill me; here in 2012, nobody said BOO to me even on the south side.
That psychotic zeal for Obama that pushed him into the White House back in 2008 is gone, folks. Long gone.
Another interesting clue: I had to go to Traffic Court in the Daley Center in the afternoon before I met up with Justin for that movie because my friend Ronnie was contesting something, so I was her moral support/advocate. I had the Romney/Ryan shirt in there…which is a building staffed almost entirely by black Chicagoans who work for the City. A good portion of the people in line waiting to deal with the Traffic Court were also black…and not a single person said anything nasty to me for supporting Romney. In fact, this is generally the response I got:
* “Okay, we’ll see how he does, I guess”.
* “So, you like Romney, huh? I guess we’ll see what happens”.
* “Your vote won’t matter much in Chicago for him but you support who you want and we’ll see how he does”.
* “I’ve been disappointed in Obama and wish we had the last four years over again”.
I noticed an interesting difference in the age of people working in the building, too. Though everyone was black, the younger ones seemed to be more on edge about the election…and I could pick up on their anxiousness. Traffic Court is near where the early voting was happening (that ends tomorrow in Illinois). The OLDER City workers all walked around looking like they knew Obama was going to lose; they looked like they just wanted the election over already. There was no electricity in the air around Chicago like there was back in 2008. People almost want to pretend like no election is happening.
The lines for early voting were really long, though, because here in Chicago there was a major push for early voting…with all the news channels and the papers drilling over and over for people to go early vote. But, it felt like people wanted to get it over with…instead of being excited to go do it. Back in 2008, if they voted early it was because they just couldn’t wait to vote for Obama or they wanted to be free on election day to just party and celebrate his win. Here in 2012, the people I observed in the early voting lines looked like zombies plugging and chugging their votes like they were supposed to…but they had no excitement about doing it. As if they knew that no matter how Illinois voted, it wouldn’t matter because their candidate was not going to win.
No one has buttons or tee shirts for Obama on them. I have now seen a total of exactly two yard signs, and they were sticking out of a barren patch of dirt near Lakeshore drive by an on ramp. There are “Union Home” signs in a lot of windows around town and I have spotted one or two “99%” posters in windows here and there, but I have yet to see an “Obama 2012″ sign or even a bumper sticker around.
Today (Saturday), I’m actually going to spend the day with a Japanese reporter showing him around Chicago and I’ll be looking for any signs of Obama support here. The plan is to drive up to Wisconsin again super early and try to drop off some of my palm cards for the Hulu.com version of “The Hope and the Change” at churches around Kenosha to see if they’ll promote the movie to their congregations at Sunday mass. We’ll also hit a bunch of new neighborhoods and put the little cards on any cars we pass on the street while walking. I can only get Justin to do passive, non-confrontational stuff like this…and then later in the day I do the more in-your-face stuff when he goes to work.
There’s a way for everyone out there to help win this election in a big way.
I hope you see from these few anecdotes on the ground here in Chicago today that if Barack Obama does not have zealous, fanatical support in Chicago, Illinois…then the man is just not going to win and it won’t be close.
I notice a lot of conservative sites are still playing that game of “it’s going to be close!” because they don’t want to commit to saying Romney will win, since they are afraid of risking being wrong. So they say “it’s close”, so they can claim to be “almost right” either way. These guys are such tools, it’s not even funny.
I’m 100% certain Romney will win and there’s no doubt in my mind…because without being a giant fad and cultural phenomenon Obama just doesn’t win; and what I am seeing on the ground here in Chicago tells me that he’s no longer a fad or a cultural phenomenon. Hence, he loses reelection. This is not a left of center country, so Democrats only win when they present themselves to Americans as moderates and the voting public believes them; people do not believe that Obama is a moderate and think Democrats have gone too far Left. This election will be a course correction and it will be decisive.
Later today I’ll put up a PREDICTION on how all the numbers will shake out, but in short Republicans will control all three branches after this election. Romney wins big, and his coattails will be vast. I don’t know why other conservative writers are being so reticent about the Senate, because a lot more people will win in the GOP than most are acknowledging. It’s going to be one of the biggest, if not THE biggest, losses that Democrats have ever suffered as a national party…so much so that come November 7th there will be serious damage control set in motion to try to salvage the brand. And a Civil War will break out in the party between the factions of the Clinton Restoration and the Obama Remnant…which will rage for the next four years.
But, there’s plenty of time to get to all of that later.
The pendulum has swung back from the far-Left being in power to Americans wanting conservatives back in charge of the government…and not a moment too soon!
Can you chime in with a stream of consciousness Ground Report from where you live?
Please report in comments below.
A ground report is just your observations of what you are seeing and hearing where you live, like I wrote above. It is not fancy. Just tell us what your friends and neighbors are saying about the election. Whose side has the energy and the momentum in your mind? Forget everything you see on tee-vee, hear on the radio, or read online. None of that matters more than what you see with your own eyes. You might not appreciate this fact, but you are a better reporter than anyone on tee-vee when it comes to where YOU live. That’s because YOU know the people around you and your community better than the tee-vee ever could.
You can remember back to 2008…and you know what the energy felt like then for Obama. You also can remember everything that people said about Obama’s presidency through the years. Do people feel the same way about this man that they did four years ago? Are they willing to give him another term?
Or, are they going to put their trust in the businessman Mitt Romney and his plan for America’s comeback?
I really want to hear from you personally in comments about what’s happening where you live. It’s so valuable and I thank you in advance for any time you can spend typing up a Ground Report comment today.
This is an Open Thread, so this is where anything “on tangent” or “off topic” also goes. Share any link you think is great that you found to good articles today…but please try to give a sentence or two for why you think that it’s an important read. I really appreciate it when someone takes the time to summarize an article instead of just putting in a random link. I like to know why someone is trying to link to something here just to make sure that they aren’t attempting to send people to something Eeyorish or Fear Porn or whatever…and between now and the election I might not have time to read every linked article first before allowing it to post…so your help with that would be so appreciated.
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