Tuesday, November 08, 2016
NetFlix It Is Then
It feels a bit like that day when a municipal garbage strike ends. There's a sense of relief when crews hit the streets but there's no joy in it. You just want them to get on with it, get it over.
That's how I feel about America's elections today. I don't need to be riveted to the TV set as the numbers come in and the talking heads endlessly hype the idea that, if this state and these three or four states go this way, there's still a chance - wafer thin to be sure but still a chance - that this person could become the next president of the United States.
Bring me the butcher's bill when the slaughter is over. That's plenty soon enough. Tell me who won the presidency, how the parties did in Congress, spice it up with a vignette or two over loopy ballot initiatives that got voted up or down - that's enough, more than enough. It should all fit on one page, triple spaced at that.
No, tonight, my TV will be set to NetFlix and it's going to stay there. There's a pretty good series, "The Crown," about Elizabeth from princess to wife, mother, Queen and such that's pretty good. I've saved plenty of episodes for a good binge session. In other words, I'll watch something interesting and entertaining when a good many of us will be watching something as voyeuristically perverse as a multi-vehicle highway wreck in progress.
Remember that night, eight years ago, when Barack Obama became the first person of colour elected to the presidency? Remember the excitement, the outright joy? Well there won't be any of that tonight.