This one goes out to all the hard-working campaign people out there:
If it seems like you're rocking around the clock, well, that's because you are.
Take heart, gang: Election Day is almost upon us and you'll get to sleep until Thanksgiving, at which time you will wake up, likely depressed if you're a Democrat, taking consolation in copious amounts of turkey, beans, all the mashed taters you could ever hope to eat, biscuits, rolls, salad, carrots, dumplings, cranberry sauce... goblet after goblet of heavy red wine.
Yes, Democrats, the post-campaign crash is coming. And you'll feel it -- hard. But at some point -- I'm predicting around mid- to late-December -- you'll be eating a cold turkey sandwich, nursing a Corona, reading some self-important blogger's drivel, and you'll feel it well within the depths of your shattered soul: that second political wind. That spark of life, an idea, a notion. And just then, the idea -- the first real idea you've had that has made any sense to you in months and months -- will form itself in your head, like a germinating sprout reaching for the early spring rays of sunshine:
We can come back.
And we can win.
See you on the trail, rock star.
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New media has totally changed how I take in Election Night coverage. Now, this makes me feel old, but the way it used to be was, I'd watch the local NBC affiliate. The reason for this was, they'd toggle between the national coverage and the local races. It was a clean way to do it. You'd get the results from around the country, the analysis, and then the results from your own backyard.
Then there was CNN, and you got even more in-depth coverage. Then MSNBC, and since I had the choice that's the direction I went.
When things like blogs started, I began checking them for live-blogged results.
The truth is, I haven't been just thrilled with how we in the blogging world have covered Election Night. I don't mean to diss my fellow bloggers, but I find the coverage and the quality of the coverage too sporadic. Hey, I'm throwing myself in there as well. This is an analysis blog more than anything -- live blogging results is not my forte.
But this year I have a feeling things are going to be a bit different. I've got the Twitter feed, Facebook updates. There are plenty of good blogs out there, sure -- and I'll be checking them (look to the left for a pretty okay list). And indeed, I'll check in with Bay News 9, my local folks on TV.
Maybe some things never change.
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It's finally Friday, gang.