“Right-wing nut” is what Emma playfully calls herself, a reference to Obama once categorizing extreme conservatives as fringe. John is less playful, especially when it comes to Obama.
“This guy, who is he?” asked John, at the kitchen counter. “He’s Buddhist, he’s Muslim, he’s Christian. When he addresses the Muslims, he speaks Muslim. When he addresses blacks, he goes into that black dialect. It’s creepy.”
He stirred his oatmeal. “To know this guy is going to have power for the next four years, that’s disturbing.”
Finally, “we are gonna end up like Greece.”
Emma said to John, “Sit down, honey.”
The November sun bounced off the screened-in pool. Emma isn’t one for labels, but she identifies as a conservative Christian who also belongs to the Republican Party of Florida and is proud to call herself a “tea party patriot.”
Interested in Islam, she took a class at a nearby Assembly of God church. “Taught by a reformed Muslim who is now a Christian,” Emma said.
John identified with the tea party but wasn’t much for church.
During breakfast, the kitchen phone rang, and it was their 39-year-old daughter calling from South Carolina to see how her parents were doing.
“We’re fine,” Emma said, in a mourning kind of voice. She listened some more.
“There’s a lot of voter fraud in Florida, so we are gonna see what happens,” she told her daughter. “It’s gonna be okay, honey. We are just going to have to pray and take a stand.”
After breakfast they walked into the back yard. Emma had been campaigning so hard for Romney these last months that she had neglected her garden. Still, the yard was a paradise of citrus and pineapple trees, tropical flowers, blueberry bushes, a peach tree and Mexican petunia. “We are steeling ourselves,” Emma said. “It’s time to regroup.”