Wednesday, November 05, 2008

What will I do without Sarah Palin impersonations?

I stayed up until about 3.30 to watch the American election results unfolding. When Ohio went Democrat I thought it was safe to go to sleep. I did feel slightly sorry for the Republicans, although looking at some of the states which remained red, it does make you wonder about where whole communities are getting their information from (bonkers right-wing preachers springs to mind). From looking at the voting demographics, it is notable that Obama had made huge impacts with black and Latino voters, young voters and first time voters. If voting was compulsory, I wonder if the Republicans (as we currently know and love them) would ever get in again.

But what will happen to Sarah Palin (and Tina Fey for that matter?) At least she's said she'll give all her clothes to charity. It would be funny to see homeless men wandering around Alaska dressed in her blood-red power suits.

While I'm happy that Obama got in, there's also quite a bit of sadness that another vote - the notorious Proposition 8 in California looks likely to have passed. This proposition defines marriage as between a man and woman only and effectively bans gay marriage in that state. Enormous amounts of money have been flung at campaigning both for and against the proposition. Mormons are particularly in favour of it. And while the Democrats mobilised large numbers of black people to vote, it seems as if they liked Obama, but didn't like gay marriage. This is a shame. Obama himself has fudged the issue - he said Proposition 8 wasn't needed, but said he didn't support gay marriage. He did refer to gay people in his Triumph Speech though, which was nice to see. However, if I was a gay Californian (and I know quite a few of them), I'd be feeling pretty let down. Maybe they should all just go on strike. Think of all the bad haircuts, naff interior decorating, poorly planned parties and hideous fashions which they could inflict on California if they wanted to (I know, I'm evoking stereotypes.) On the other hand, they could pack up their stuff and move to Massachusetts or Connecticut which do allow gay marriage.

Or they could just wait.. Because, change is a funny thing - it can go back and forth for a little bit - and sometimes in our impatience, we can get annoyed that it is not moving fast enough, or seems to be going in the wrong direction. But it's started. You can either do it in the incredibly slow and quiet way that Britain does change - so we'll have civil partnerships for perhaps a couple of decades, and then one day this will get changed to gay marriage and hardly anyone will notice or care. Or you can do it in the more violent tug-of-war way that America does things. But ultimately, both countries will get there in the end. For the moment though - I wouldn't like to be a Californian Republican going for a hair-cut. Because there's nothing like a bitter queen with a pair of scissors in her hands...

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