(My standard Election Day post, edited as usual to bring it up to date)
I do love Election Day.
And even though it's an off year, it's still a good one, lots of great stories. In New York, someone gets a promotion to one of politic's greatest dead-end jobs; Boston gets a new mayor, too. We have a 2016 candidate getting something to brag about in New Jersey, and Democrats getting their own bragging rights in Virginia. The GOP run-off in AL-1 will determine whether John Boehner gets another vote for his conference -- or the Gohmert/Bachmann caucus gets one instead. There are even 15 recall elections today.
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!