I’m usually not much given to political posts, but in view of the earth-shaking things that will take place in the US tomorrow I’m gladly breaking that rule. In this post I’d like to personally thank all US politicians and mainstream media talking heads who’ve offered me countless hours of enjoyable browsing, reading, learning, and laughing.
Nonetheless I’m glad it’s over. I’m starting to suffer from Obama Overload, and I’m way behind on my work. (Please don’t ask me about adding Chrome to the Tables; I know, I will, as soon as all this is out of the way.)
I’m also going to give a small inpromptu presentation on the US elections tomorrow in Amsterdam. If you don’t know what to do with yourself, join me.
I’ve been hooked on the US elections ever since early January. Back then I cursorily glanced at the political news, assuming I’d find out pretty soon who the Democratic and Republican candidates for the presidency were. Instead, it turned out that neither party had a clear front-runner yet. Ah well, I thought, it’ll probably be Hillary vs. Romney. Then came the Iowa caucus which unexpectedly promoted Obama and Huckabee, relegating my theory to the trash can. And then I saw Obama’s victory speech, and I was hooked. I felt (this may sound cheesy but I’m serious) that we’d come to a truly historical moment, one of those who occur only once per generation, if that.
Since then I spent far too many hours glued to my computer screen to keep up with everything that was happening, and I learned a lot about US politics. Besides, it was genuinely fun, especially because it became clearer and clearer that the Good Guys were going to win.
So I’d like to extend a personal word of thanks to all those who’ve made this political season possible; in no particular order Our Friend John McCain, Joe Biden, Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, John Edwards, Mike Huckabee,
Michelle Bachmann for her unabashedly stupid remarks,
Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, and yes, even Pat Buchanan,
Bob the Builder as well as
the entire Republican party for boldly redefining the meaning of "ridiculous",
the vetting committee of the Republican party for not being aware of what vetting means,
Bill Burton for not only pointing out the ridiculousness of Fox News on Fox News, but clearly loving every second of it,
Dick Cheney for giving the worst timed endorsement in recent history,
Howard Dean for involving the netroots in the political process,
Karl Rove for failing epically,
John Kerry for being such a happy warrior,
Ted Stevens for getting convicted with such impeccable timing,
the people of North Carolina for not being able to make up their minds,
and the many unsung heroes of the campaign trail who worked so hard without ever appearing in the news.
And, of course, many thanks to That One for making it all possible.
If I forgot to thank someone, please leave a comment.
The best thing is that the Good Guys are actually going to win tomorrow. (OK, I know I’m not supposed to jinx the election, but I couldn’t resist. Flaming me for it is acceptable.)
Anyway, tomorrow a good friend of mine has organised a US Election party, featuring American food and wine, and I’m going to give a presentation there so that people over here know which races in which states are important.
The party is at Proef (Overtoom) and starts at 18:00. It features American snacks and wines, and costs € 15. My presentation will likely start around 21:00. Hope to see some of you there.
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