It’s been a long journey, not only for Americans or their presidential candidates, but for the world as well. It’s been like some sort of global competition to see who will become the next president of the world – and in a way that may be more true than false. It’s been the costliest election in history. Both campaigns spent around $1 billion. The entire election, with all its candidates vying for their party’s nomination, the price tag of this whole process seems to have totaled $5 billion.
And while here in Jordan we still can’t elect a government, our members of parliament know how to run an election under budget. It’s been about three weeks shy of a year since our last elections but I think I can still recall the costs:
You have tent costs.
Knafeh and coffee.
Posters and banners.
and of course, vote-buying.
So I’ll estimate that to be around 50,000 all together for each candidate, which totals to a minimum of 5.5 million JDs and that’s just the winners, so you might want to (at least) double that number if you’re including all the candidates that initially ran.
In any case, back to those pesky US elections.
Since the start of the primaries less than a year ago, I have written some 20 US election-related posts, and for that I apologize. It was an unavoidable cost. Lord knows I could’ve written 20 a week but this past year has seen me restraining myself to untested limits, just so I could lower that cost a bit. Again, I apologize. I’ll also apologize for the 4 or 5 inevitable posts that will come after the election has been won.
All the polls seem to indicate an Obama victory, with some pointing to an Obama landslide. It’s like Kennedy versus Nixon all over. Who knows. I will have to rely on Jon Stewart and the Daily Show to guide me through the electoral map later tonight. I wonder how many people on this side of the ocean are staying up for it? Like the Oscars, or the opening ceremony of the Olympics, except it involves complicated maps with red and blue stickers, undecided voters and swing states.
The outcome may be just as interesting as the race itself. I can imagine the shock of a McCain win and I can also envision the inevitable sense of disappointment that will emerge months and years from now, with an Obama win. Change and hope. Blah. What are those?
People forget that politics is politics. The variables change but the equation, and therefore the outcome, remain the same.
Anyways, at least the loser will fade in to somewhat political obscurity for the next few years (if not forever). I can do without hearing the names Obama, Bidden, Palin or McCain for the rest of my life. But if the cost means only having two of those names on a daily basis, then any two will do.
Well at least we can all find some solace in the fact that in 24 hours the nightmare will be over.
Unless of course the machines malfunction and we spend the next 77 days hearing about a recount.
If that happens, then the world is stuck with Bush for another 4 years.
Seriously. It’s in the constitution somewhere.