Our View Editorial
We've watched with great interest as the presidential race goes full steam ahead with the national conventions on each side and the naming of vice presidential running mates.
The Democratic Convention in Denver seemed to go smooth as silk. Despite many doomsayers who predicted the Clintons would steer Hillary's votes elsewhere, that didn't happen. The former president and first lady made it clear that change is needed. It's needed now and they threw their complete support behind Sen. Barack Obama.
And, despite the prayers requested by religious zealots for rain of Biblical proportions, Obama's acceptance speech outside before 80,000 screaming fans had perfect weather. He made the most of it and the largest television audience ever for a national convention, 38 million, heard his eloquent words.
We've watched as the Republicans have been bitten by terrible economic conditions, a doomed war in Iraq, gas prices going through the roof, the real estate market in shambles and wondered what else could go wrong?
Two easy answers - Gov. Sarah Palin and Hurricane Gustav. Sen. John McCain chose her as a running mate - why we don't know. Of course, he did not choose Hurricane Gustav, but he got it. If the vice presidential choice didn't stun people enough, the luck of having a hurricane bear down on New Orleans again to remind us all of yet another recent Republican blunder and to disrupt the Republican Convention really hit it home. If it weren't for bad luck, they'd have no luck at all.
What does this tell us? Enough is enough. It's time for change.