The countdown to November 4 is torturous. Everyone is worried. Everyone is losing sleep. For some people, most famously Larry David, the election can't come soon enough. But for me it's the opposite.
This fall has been political Nirvana. A constant supply of raw meat for the blogosphere. Rachel Maddow is more popular than Rachael Ray. Every day there's a new plot twist. The best part is that, except for the economy, everything is moving in the right direction.
But now that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I feel a sense of malaise as the dark days are approaching. And I don't mean the end of Daylight Savings Time. I'm starting to have withdrawal symptoms -- stirrings of discontent and desperation that come just before a crash. And I have to confess the truth: I wish it would never end.
Because it's been a hell of a ride.
The whole country has gone political. Tempers flaring; juices and water coolers flowing; shouting matches at dinner parties. Rallies on college campuses for something other than football. Soccer moms wearing McCain hats or Obama t-shirts. Every house in my neighborhood has a sign out front. No one's stuck for a topic of conversation anymore. Even hurricanes have stopped coming, as if they knew it was time to cede front page space for political headlines.
But barring another Florida, it all ends on November 5 when we will wake up and be back in the real world. The economy will still be tanking. The globe will still be warming. The kids will still be fighting. We'll all be stuck in our own lives. Without anything to fill the gaping hole in our time, our brains, or our psyches. The Amazing Race on CBS is going to seem really dull compared to the amazing race we've all been watching.
If the election goes the way it should, we won't have John McCain and Sarah Palin to kick around anymore. And I have to admit I'm gonna miss them.
With only a week to go, I'm already feeling the blues.
I guess I can handle the blues, as long as that translates to the color of the map on November 4.
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