Am I ballyhoo-weary?
As an exercise in civic responsibility, I will watch the much-hyped Barack Obama speech this evening. I will hear of Obama's modest childhood, his dreams, his calls for change, and his policy proposals.
But I have to admit that I have not caught election fever.
This is not a swipe against Barack Obama, as I find him to be a thoughtful politician and a charismatic speaker. Yet his campaign has failed to really connect with me, and at this rate I may find myself yawning in November at my presidential options.
Perhaps this is a function of the fact that John McCain, a moderate Republican, does not appear to provide a significant ideological contrast with Obama (Iraq War excepted). Maybe we have a race to the middle this election, with both candidates avoiding declaring concrete policy proposals and doctrinaire political philosophies in an effort to woo independents like me.
Or maybe the problem is me, and I have become too jaded by the politics-of-negativity by both parties to even venture a hope that these candidates will ever spend time talking about what needs to be fixed in America. It is possible that my ambivalence is more like resigned cynicism, and that any words from the mouths of these candidates would strike me as calculated and insincere.
So if I nod off during Barack Obama's speech tonight, kindly nudge me and tell me to pay attention. The pundits say that this is the most important election in a generation, and I'd better do my part to stay informed, no matter how skeptical I am feeling.