Washington - Democrats say that to elect McCain after George Bush would be an Abomination. Republicans counter that to elect Obama would cause the US to become an Obama-Nation. US voters are confused. What started off as casual mud slinging has escalated out of control.
Reliable methods to select a candidate by looking at the red and blue maps on newscasts or siding with parents, preachers or unfunny politico-comedy television show hosts no longer are of any use.
Over two-hundred years of democracy is threatened as the flap crosses the line of partisan politics. Careful listening is required to note subtle differences in elocution that the American electorate may not be prepared for, particularly with the substantial regional differences in the pronunciation of vowels in the Exited States of America and cradle-to-grave conditioning to ignore constant commercial advertising.
Some say the candidates could assist in clarifying the situation by colour coding the differentiation, McCain to his credit is not willing to play the race card and insists this is a matter of pronunciation only "think twice if you want O for an O-bama-Nation."
In a strange political twist the great O-rator Obama is in agreement with McCain and says this is a matter of phonetics, "four more years of a Republican administration would be an A-bomination."
To add fuel to the fire the preposition "an" is proper in front of both A-bomination and O-bama-Nation and offers no clue to the intended slur by both parties.
The location most perplexing for voters is the mid-west where single vowels get bent into diphthongs. Here normally one syllable words such as Pam become the two syllable "Pa-em" and the whole issue is confused further becoming an "A-O-bama-nation."