I know a lot of people are worrying about whether or not Obama is going to be able to pull it off come November …

As things continue to deteriorate, and Sarah Palin continues to act like Dick Cheney with regards to keeping things secret and refusing to cooperate with investigators, the bloom will come off the rose.

I still have faith that Obama will take it.

Not in Utah, of course, but I think he’ll bring enough Dems to the polls to help shift things a little further in certain parts of the state (baby steps!)

I’m still pissed about the Edwards thing … I wanted him for Attorney General and possible Supreme Court Justice.

Having lived so much of my life in NorCal, I know that it may seem that your vote doesn’t count in Utah, but one of the things I like about living here is that I feel like my vote does matter. Oh sure, I’m on the losing side more often than not, but every election it seems like its getting closer and closer.

While I couldn’t vote in 1980, I was aware of what was going on, and supported Jimmy Carter. The first election in which I was able to vote was 1984; and for President, I was on the losing side. Same thing in 1988. I was ecstatic in 1992 when the Dems finally took back the White House.

I felt like I mattered; like I was a party to change.

The same thing is going on now … we’re poised, and we just need to keep pushing and keep pushing.

And when you get gaffes like “McCain is responsible for the Blackberry,” how can you not feel that the McCain campaign is out of touch. This is as bad as what the Repugnanticans said about Al Gore with regards to the Internet. I would be surprised if McCain even know how to USE a Blackberry.

McCain is seriously out of touch with the economy, as evidenced by comments he made as recently as yesterday that the fundamentals of the economy are still strong. Excuse me?

I work for a Wall Street firm … I know we need more regulation; not less, like McCain has proposed. My industry screwed up big time, and 3 of the big 5 are now gone or on their way out. Goldman is feeling a lot of pain, but will recover. And my firm? Morgan Stanley’s net income for 3Q’08 is only down 7% from the same quarter last year. Goldman’s net income was down 70%. Looks like my firm might actually squeak through this mess okay, which has me mentally writhing in ecstasy.

And did you hear Carly Fiorina’s comments today? The former Hewlett-Packard CEO told two separate interviewers that neither member of the Republican ticket would be capable of running a company.

Of course, she did say the same thing about Obama and Biden, but it helps takes the “executive experience” aspect out of the equation …

After all, technically, Sarah Palin has more executive experience than John McCain. Should the other party reverse their ticket?

I have to concede one point to Carly Fiorina, however. Running a country IS nothing like running a company. It’s far more complex.

To put it in terms that the Utahns I know will understand: This is just the washboard on the downhill before you get into the tight, tacky singletrack; the early season snow and ice before the deep fluffy powder …

It’s gonna get better. So what are you supposed to do? Vote your heart. But vote. Don’t stay at home.