So probably not many people will be reading blogs today worldwide but rather following the election. Why? Well whoever is President of the U.S.A. for the next four years will have a significant effect on the world.
As an outsider the consensus, based on numerous arguments and evidence, is that Obama is to be preferred. No-one is ideal or remotely great, but he is the better of the two options, especially after McCain cynically chose Palin. It seems the USA Presidential electoral system - or at least the voters - has no bias towards competence - the very socialist idea of anti-elitism, ironical that it was used by the Right in this election, so much for the tired political categories of Left and Right (or should I have said it is time for these to be retired?). Anyway this what McCain is relying on, hoping he will get elected with his choice of a blatantly ignorant hence most liekly incompetent running mate, just becuase he thinks that the electorate can identify with her. (Was there not a recent US TV series based on a similar premise of a female running mate who did become president? However, unlike here, the point there was that she was not incompetent) If for this reason alone, let us hope he fails.
Winston Churchill once said "It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. " I agree but that is no reason to improve the forms of democracy we do have. Anyway let us also hope that the shannigans of 8 years ago does not recur in this election.