It's wearing me out.
Partly this is living in a Red State, where most of my students, even ones who are very smart, are very far to the Right. They come into class wearing anti-Obama shirts; they have Romney bumper stickers on their cars. They belong to the Young Republicans club on campus. (There is no Young Democrats club on campus.) They belong to the evangelical churches. They are convinced Obama and all liberals are socialists, and socialism is the path to hell. (Capitalism, conversely, is the path to heaven, apparently, though what verse in their testament says this I cannot fathom.)
This is not to say we have no students who are Leftists. We do, and many of them gravitate to my office, and my classes. But wow, are they in the minority here.
And also? The students who tell me, with a self-satisfied smirk, that they aren't going to bother to vote, because it "doesn't matter."
Frankly, those are the students that annoy me most.
Anyway, I have had more migraines this month than in the past 12 combined, and at this point I will just be glad when it is over.
In Nate Silver I trust.
But then I'm reality-based that way.
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