Tuesday, November 6, 2012
(My standard Election Day post, edited to bring it up to date...)
I do love Election Day.
And it's a good one, lots of great stories. The Senate elections alone: Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock. Scott Brown vs. Elizabeth Warren: both of their stories are fascinating, no? So are those of Tammy Baldwin and Tommy Thompson. Plus I'll finally have to, or won't have to, learn to spell Heidi Heitkamp -- and I've been a fan of hers for a long, long, time. There's also that neither ticket has an white Protestant, which is probably an unappreciated story right there in plain sight. I'm sure there are tons of great stories in House races, and then in downballot ones, too.
You know, it tend to mostly be interested in how small a portion of democracy is occupied by today. I think democracy is found in the complex workings of elites and activists within party networks, and in Congressional committee rooms, and in interactions within issue networks, and in White House showdowns between the president and a reluctant Senator...all those things, to me, at an intellectual level, are democracy just as much as today's events. But nothing beats the rituals of Election Day. Hey, I even like the annoying and useless "What Does It All Mean" stories, as long as I can restrict my intake enough. I love watching the spin. I love the weather stories, and the cheesy shots of the candidates voting, and the oh-so-careful anchors not revealing what they all know from the exit polls (As much as I think we should ignore them, I miss the leaked early exit polls from the pre-internet era, which made you feel like an insider if you heard them and a goof when they turned out to be phony. Now we mostly get the goof part). I'm one of those people who could easily do without the National Anthem, and the Pledge doesn't do much for me -- and I really dislike the Selig-imposed 7th inning GBA. But then today comes around, and I know that I'm a very patriotic citizen of the USA.
So, Happy Election Day, everyone! Vote early, vote often!