Yesterday, at work, I was sitting at my desk shortly after our weekly interdisciplinary team meeting, and I looked over my shoulder to notice our team social worker organizing some files behind me. Before I could even think about it, I was addressing her.
Hey, Sue. She looked over expectantly.
You following the elections? I saw her eyes narrow for a minute. There was a pause. We sized each other up. My heart clenched, had I made a mistake? I’ve never heard anyone in our office discuss politics.
Yeaahh, she replied. The word more of a question than a statement.
I gave it a shot. I’m kinda freaked out, I said.
And in an instant I saw her shoulders relax, mine instinctively mimicking hers. And thus commenced a heated and excited conversation about how much we want Obama to win this election and how terrifying we both find Sarah Palin to be.
We sparred back and forth, trying to one up each other on our knowledge of all the reasons it would be a disaster to have Palin end up in the White House. She believes in creationism! She’s opposes gay marriage! She’s not pro-choice! She opposes stem cell research! She’s more conservative than George Bush! She knows nothing about foreign relations!
We couldn’t help exclaiming the horrible message electing her and McCain to office would send to the rest of the world. We couldn’t help expounding on all of our loved ones and friends whom these conservative values would seek to destroy. We couldn’t stop saying how incredible it would be to have Barack Obama as president of this country.
I know I haven’t written about it much here, but I’m politics-obsessed these days. Greg too. It’s all we talk about. All day long we send emails back and forth with our friends, passing links and news bits around, none of us able to get enough of any of it, all of us giving each other headaches but finding ourselves unable to let it go.
I’ve never before felt so passionate about these issues or about an election before. It’s at once thrilling and sickening. But I think I’m literally getting an ulcer from it all. The tension surrounding these issues and conversations is just electric and I’m simply captivated by the unfolding of these campaigns.