I can't believe it. I live in a swing state for the first time in my life. I live in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. Amazingly, Virginia is actually a swing state in this election. I've lived in Massachusetts, Chicago, New York City, (all liberal), and Atlanta, Georgia (Atlanta votes Democratic, whereas Georgia as a whole is obviously extremely Republican). So my vote in presidential elections was always relatively pointless - it wasn't going to change the outcome. It feels kind of weird to have my vote actually make a difference. Perhaps that explains why my Obama yard sign was stolen the other night, at the same time that several McCain yard signs appeared on the other side of the road. Not a coincidence, I'm thinking.
McCain Forced to Fight for Virginia, Washington Post article, Oct. 17, 2008.