Now that the election season has come to close, we asked for one last word from Professor Matthew, a member of the English department and the Obama campaign.
In regards to the outcome of the election:
“I am happy, glad, and excited that President Obama will have a second term to undo the damage of the Bush years, and I’m curious to see what the Republicans will do now that it is clear that their party’s tent seems to be shrinking. I’m thrilled that more people will have access to affordable healthcare, and I’m relieved that my reproductive choices will continue to be my own. The economy seems to be recovering (however slowly), so I hope that Obama will do all he can to stop drone strikes, shut down Guantanamo Bay, and that his administration will do a better job with education reform. I’m also delighted beyond description that I get to have a president who I still find inspiring on so many levels. I write this as I am wearing my official Obama Campaign t-shirt…”
We also asked if she thought that students and the general public were well informed during the election season after one of our more conservative interviewees had previously stated, “The amount of uninformed people in this country grossly out numbered the well informed,” in regards to the outcome of election day.
Dr. Matthew responded with:
“It’s hard for me to know how well-informed the electorate was this year, so I wouldn’t feel comfortable making such a broad statement or responding to it. I do know that the side that loses a national election generally accuses the side that won of being uninformed and/or stupid.”
Its unclear whether or not students were well informed about the two main presidential candidates. Still, they voted in large groups and voiced their opinions proudly throughout. Election fever invaded Montclair State University, and I’m sure that is something that both parties can agree on.