I'm trying to frame a series of thoughts on this one, so stick with me. Quite a while ago (I may have even already posted on this one), I came to the conclusion that the reason - or the capacity to go out and search for one - that a perceived "majority" of people have such an animosity towards President Bush is all because of "Survivor."
I don't believe there was ever a "majority" of people who had, without merit, absolute feelings of hatred toward the President before the whole Reality Television Genre came about. I use "majority" in quotes like that because I have no way of actually knowing if it really is a majority, or just portrayed that way by the obviously liberal-agenda driven mainstream media. (On a side note, I say that about the MSM with such disdain because they pretend that they are neutral, as news outlets and journalists are supposed to be. The sad part is that I meet people on campus [no surprise here] that feel the MSM is too conservative!) The TV show Survivor in particular, with its "You've been voted off the island" mentality, I believe, has really stuck in the people's minds as the way to deal with life in general. "I don't like you, I'm not going to work with you, I'm going to pit others against you and get you kicked out." I'm willing to bet that the majority of people will tell you my previous statement is everything that's wrong with Washington D.C. today, before they'll ever think of TV shows.
Teresa has also come to some version of this conclusion. We were talking the other night, and she pointed out how much Kerry losing the '04 elections had fueled people's hatred of Bush, to the point where all they do is look for fault. What she said next is the reason I'm writing this. She said she didn't want to do that same thing to the next president. It's amazing, but in that one sentence, she won my support for McCain.
It's kinda funny, because for the most part, I consider myself a "cross that bridge when we come to it" kind of guy...but I have just been going through all the "what-ifs" with McCain trying to work up as much of that Survivor mentality as I could. When it comes down to it, he is the best viable candidate out there, despite his possible/probable MAJOR problems (global warming taxes! cough cough...). If he does end up trying to push through some of that junk as law, I still have my voice in the House and the Senate. On that note, since McCain is only the best viable presidential candidate, we have got to make absolutely sure that we do elect proper representatives for the other branch of government.
So there you have it. In a nut-shell, it's Teresa's fault I'm voting for McCain instead of not voting at all. I'm still hoping against hope that he picks Romney for VP.