I was at the #SFGiants parade last week and saw the massive throngs of fans there. I rode on the bus with the Panda, San Francisco’s baseball idol. But what if baseball were politics? What politician would command this today? Anybody? Or is the faith in our democracy so low, they’d be lucky to get a tenth of this kind of adulation.
Seeing all those people made me wonder how many of then might actually do something in the not so distant future that’s really important– like vote in the Midterm elections.
Most people forget, or don’t bother. Even when they’re registered. And the rain? Biggest vote suppressor since Jim Crow.
I started thinking this when I saw Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the parade. It was raining on her.
And I caught her in a moment where the exuberance of the parade had paused for a second.
And I wondered if she were thinking how when all this was over, she would have to inevitably think about Tuesday. Or maybe she was thinking about Tuesday for a brief unguarded second.
I’ve actually talked to Nancy many times in the past. So I went up to her car by her security folks and was able to talk briefly with her. When I asked her about the election on Tuesday she had a terse response. “We’ll see. We’re working hard on that,” she said. And then the security guy brushed me away.
Pelosi wasn’t sounding much like a former speaker about to regain power once the Democrats take over the House. May not be in the plans. Already, I’m hearing from insiders about the Senate. They say if the Democrats lose there, it may be a relief because then the Dems can blame the Republicans wholeheartedly.
That’s some consolation for the Dems. From half-blame to no-blame.
Like I said, wherever you are, whoever you vote for, do vote on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
Sports fans, it’s Democracy’s Game 7.
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