Mr. Obama has withstood some of the toughest campaign attacks ever mounted against a candidate. He’s been called un-American and accused of hiding a secret Islamic faith. The Republicans have linked him to domestic terrorists and questioned his wife’s love of her country. Ms. Palin has also questioned millions of Americans’ patriotism, calling Republican-leaning states “pro-America.”

This politics of fear, division and character assassination helped Mr. Bush drive Mr. McCain from the 2000 Republican primaries and defeat Senator John Kerry in 2004. It has been the dominant theme of his failed presidency.

The nation’s problems are simply too grave to be reduced to slashing “robo-calls” and negative ads. This country needs sensible leadership, compassionate leadership, honest leadership and strong leadership. Barack Obama has shown that he has all of those qualities.

nyt editorial page

As a religious NY Times reader, this is pretty huge for me. Although not exactly surprising, since NYT is perceived to be a fairly liberal news source which has officially endorsed the Democratic candidate since 1960 (their track record however, is not so hot). It’s interesting to note that they supported Hillary over Obama during the primaries, citing Obama’s campaign as “amorphous” and poorly defined.

It’s hard not to get caught up in the recent fervor, but I still fluctuate between feeling hopeful about this election and degenerating into my usual sense of general despair towards the staged-ness of campaigns, speeches, and the US political system.

It’ll definitely be interesting to see what happens–CC and I plan on celebrating our first voting-eligible election with a nice bottle of wine on Nov 4th to follow news coverage all night long. I’ll be on the east coast this year, so it will be a longer night than usual.