Did anyone else see Tim Russert pull out the white board last night? And was anyone else shamelessly filled with joy at the time? You know, I actually saw the actual white board that he used in his coverage of the 2000 election. It's true! They had it at the Newseum and part of my job at the time was to take middle schoolers there and my co-workers and I thought that was pretty much the coolest thing ever. (I believe I have mentioned that this particular workplace was a bizarro world where the geekier you were, politics-wise, the cooler you were. And if reading this makes you think that I must have been the coolest person there, then you would be sorely mistaken.) These were the same people with whom I watched the 2000 election returns in a bar at a hotel in Williamsburg until the wee small hours of the morning. And then with whom, the next day, I attempted to find a TV in Colonial Williamsburg during the students' free time to find out what in heck was going on. Good times. (No, seriously, we had a blast, right up until the actual results became clear, days later. It was democracy in action! What could possibly be
geekier cooler than that?)
Anyway, last night was exciting, wasn't it? While it is certainly far less fun to watch returns alone than with a big group of civics nerds, at least there was good news this year. And Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert! And Rick Santorum losing his seat which possibly made me clap my hands a little. (Watching alone is, however, vastly more enjoyable than watching at a party full of Republicans where NO ONE WILL TALK TO YOU.)
Of course, here in Texas, we are stuck with Governor Goodhair for another four years, but anyone who didn't see that coming was probably a little delusional. Perhaps without Kinky and One Tough Grandma in the race, there may have been a chance of unseating him, but in general nothing good can come of a race where two of the candidates can be referred to as Kinky and Grandma.
And now, for all the marbles, Montana and Virginia! I bet Montana has never felt so powerful! Enjoy it while it lasts, Montana! Now get back to counting! After all, it's 400,000 votes - how long can that possibly take? Perhaps Tim Russert would lend you his white board so you can make a tally. And Virginia, sigh, we'll wait. But there's no turkey for you until you get this sorted out, DO YOU HEAR ME?
Ah, Election Day. Only 729 shopping days until the next one. I know what's on my list!
Edited to add: Well done, Montana! I applaud your speedy counting. And holy crap, Rumsfeld resigned! Watch out for flying pigs, everyone!