At this point in the election season, it seems pretty certain that Barack Obama is going to win. He’s not going to take the White House by a huge margin, but the polls are clear enough: this won’t be an anxiety-inducing deadlock like in 2004. Really, it feels more like 1996 for me in that I have no pressing political worries (though my feelings in 1996 were due less to Clinton’s huge lead than to my being seven.) Perhaps this is why my heart is softening towards every liberal’s dream president and worst enemy, Ralph Nader. That, or this ad. How can I resist a crazy old man pulling shit about pandas out of his ass and flinging it at a parrot?