Almost every morning (except when it's raining) I take a walk in my neighborhood. I have a route that's about 1-1/2 miles and it's a refreshing start to my day, as well as being my main source of exercise. Often, I don't encounter anyone else, but when I do it's usually the same people.
This morning, however, as I neared the mid-point of my walk, I saw a woman walking toward me whom I did not recall seeing before. I was walking on the right side of the street, as is my habit (it is a residential area, with little or no traffic), and she was on the same side. As she approached me, she said, "Are you a Democrat?"
"Yes," I replied.
"I thought so."
"Why?" I asked, as I mentally examined my appearance - no Obama shirt, nothing that would indicate my politics.
"Well," she said, "you're walking on the WRONG side of the street!"
"I want to see the car that hits me," she stated.
"Well," says I, "I don't expect to get hit!"
(What I wish I'd said: "How did you miss the freight train that is George W. Bush?" But I didn't think of it.)
So I have been judged and dismissed as undesirable by a woman who doesn't know me, just because I walked on the right ("wrong") side of the street. These are the type of people who are voting for John McCain.
It should make you think.