I originally posted this in 2008 and indicated that it was more fitting for the 2000 election. It may be applicable again come Tuesday:
While it was certainly much more applicable in 2000, I always like to share this selection from my fellow Ashevillan Thomas Wolfe‘s O Lost (the original, longer version of Look Homeward Angel) during election season:
“Oliver Gant had cast his first vote in Baltimore. It was for Ulysses Grant. Now he rode southward under the threatening mutter of a new civil war. Two men named Hayes and Tilden had contested the Presidency with a spirited exchange of vitriol. Mr. Tilden had been given the most votes, but Mr. Hayes had been given the Presidency. And the rabble whose large intelligence had ordained this miracle now stood shirtily around with opened mouths, or went bawling through the streets by torch light in pursuit of the lucid simplicities of democratic government.” (O Lost, p27 )
O Lost: A Story of the Buried Life – Google Book Search.