With Hurricane Sandy having gained massive attention, President Obama has been getting a lot of free ‘advertising’ and will try to woo swing voters in Boulder, Colorado as the presidential campaigns nears its climax
Denver is full of unexpected delights. The sky looks colourful and Halloween is in the air. There are a lot of people, with costumes on the road, having fun. Young Alex, my nephew was dressed as Captain America, a Marvel Comic character, and looks very cute. After returning from the Democratic National Convention at 6:30pm yesterday, JD takes me to Frasca, an Italian restaurant, in Boulder in Colorado. The meal was superb which was surpassed by the Italian wine. I am sorely tempted to carry some wine home but was dissuaded from doing so.
At the Tattered Cover Book Store, a privately-owned bookshop in downtown Denver which has—a café, friendly staff, fantastic displays of eclectic variety. Over and top of this, anyone can sit down or even lie down and read a book. It is nearly impossible to leave the bookshop without buying a book or two. The girl behind the counter told me that after the first presidential debate, which was hosted in Denver, the people who were undecided between the two candidates had apparently had fled to Governor Mitt Romney and that the Democrats were trying to woo them back. I am told that America’s economy is not doing too badly; the bookshop is faring well and there are three such stores Denver. Additionally, there are jobs in manufacturing and healthcare. Over half of the vehicles have out-of-state number plates.
The area near Colorado Springs is very conservative. Black pastors have been preaching against President Obama because of his approval of gay marriage. In the Bible, it mentions that that a man shall not lie down with a man. The pastors are offended because some blacks might vote for independents which could hurt the president’s chances. On a related note, abortion is not a big issue among the blacks because the bible doesn’t make any direct references about abortion. I have hardly met a Republican in Colorado, but they are fired up by the Governor Romney’s debating skills.
JD also thinks President Obama will prevail. The last three Governors have been Democrats. The mayor of Denver is a Democrat as well. Martin is not so sure though because he is unsure about the size of the black vote.
With Hurricane Sandy having gained massive attention, President Obama has been getting a lot of free ‘advertising’. On the other hand, Governor Romney’s theory of dismantling the Federal Emergency Management Agency is not looking too good at the moment, and his momentum may have slowed down.
President Obama will be “Boulder” and will try very hard to swing Colorado voters to his side. However, there’s a saying—a week is a long time in politics.
(Harsh Desai has done his BA in Political Science from St Xavier's College & Elphinstone College, Bombay and has done his Master's in Law from Columbia University in the city of New York. He is a practicing advocate at the Bombay High Court.)