We're in a death watch here.
My mom was diagnosed with Stage IIIb lung cancer back in May of 2006, and it's finally come to the crisis hour. ...
My mom was not a political animal, and she didn't like it when I went on and on about politics. She lived and taught in heavily Republican districts for her entire life, despite growing up in a blue-collar, Democratic stronghold. Economically, she had every advantage; the Bush tax cuts were surely good for her rather than bad. She isn't affected by the economic slowdown because she never invested in the stock market. She voted for Reagan twice, and had to put up with my ribbing her about that from the time I became politically sentient in the early 80s.
But my mother, from her deathbed, voted for Obama.