I've been thinking for some time now that if there's one problem with how America at large approaches this country's political situation (and it's pretty hard to condense it all into one), it's that everyone considers the president the most important political entity. They not only pay far more attention to him than any other part of the government, they pretty consistently think he can do things he can't. When you put aside all of the irrelevant personal fluff people love to discuss so much, the second-most common kind of praise/condemnation I hear about the president is stuff the legislator did or can do. It seems like most voters are choosing between Obama and Romney at least in part on which laws they want the president to make. If only he could make laws.
At this point, the electoral math and prevailing trends have me pretty convinced Obama is going to win. As a vehement hater of the Republican party, I should be excited, right? I'm not, because Republicans are projected to take control of the senate, and of course they won't be losing control of the House. In that case, it hardly matters to me who becomes the president. The best I can hope for with Obama is that he can veto a bunch of bad ideas, taking us no where until he's almost inevitably followed by a Republican president. Obama winning would be akin to having my area's team win the Super Bowl or the World Series; it would be a strictly symbolic victory.
Never the less, Republicans and Democrats alike mostly seem fired up about the presidency. It's worth noting that only a very tiny sliver of them seem to consider that the president can appoint supreme court justices, so they probably don't think of that body of the government at all either. So what are they looking for? What do they care about? What exactly do they think Obama or Romney will do?
I've followed the presidential election closely, but I honestly don't even know why. I guess it would somehow seem representative of our culture in either a positive or negative way based on who wins, but that seems like kind of a weak reason. It's more habit, again, like rooting for a sports team. Why does anyone else here care about the presidential race?