I’m interestingly monitoring the US Presidential elections on CNN. This US elections amaze me. Really. The reason for the amazement is this: I thought they are different, but not quite. The way they conduct their election and campaign this season is pretty much similar here. For instance:
1. There’s so much negativity in their campaign. I thought the Philippines is unique in this aspect. I thought it’s only us who brands candidates — the brainy and the bopols*. But they do have an “ostrich” Bush who hides his head on the ground, and an “eagle” Kerry, who soars high — that is, according to Democrats, of course. I enjoyed watching that campaign ad.
2. Celebrities do endorse candidates. In here, a celebrity endorsement can make a difference. Ah, they do have this, too! I saw Leonardo Di Caprio, Jon Bon Jovi and other big Hollywood stars joining Kerry’s campaign. This looks real familiar.
3. They also have some digitalized election problems. In here, a few months before the election, the Supreme Court dumped the electronic voting contract for fear of massive electoral fraud. While watching CNN, they featured Florida and Ohio having the same kind of problem. Even worse, I think. In Florida, they’ll be using a touch screen machine to cast vote — without a papar trail. What if they’ll be hit by a hurricane again? The lights go off, and there goes your electronic voting. In Ohio, people are confused on how to do shading for the ballots. The instruction is to connect the arrows. But when they do actual sampling, people either put an “X” or encircle the name. Reminds me of the same opposition we had for our own computerized election.
Well, I’ll be glued to our TV Wednesday morning. I’ll be late for work :) I’m hoping for a Bush win. Not for anything else, but my reason is selfish. Kerry has an anti-outsourcing policy. And we can’t afford that. As an outsourcing company, we live from outsourced US programming jobs.
Let’s wait and see.