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slouching toward normalcy

November 17, 2020

I’m by no means back to my standard curmudgeonliness, but my head is spinning less than it had been this Year of Years. I’m still mentally and spiritually exhausted. Physically, I feel like I just went a round with Ali or tried to tackle Jim Brown.

To highlight the recent global tumult, our island is having a windstorm that has knocked out power and phone lines. I come to you by the grace of living off the grid. I’m choosing to regard the gales as Canadians breathing a massive sigh of relief. Everyone we know here followed the campaign and election closely.

My first takeaway of the election is the most obvious and glorious: Trump lost! Granted he’s done nothing since but bare his bulbous butt to a thankfully unappreciative majority of voters, but what else has he done for the past four years? We can certainly endure it another two months.

My second takeaway is that Biden has a lot of work to do healing the nation. The Democrats’ poor performance in the House election and underperformance in the Senate race suggests that a lot of Republicans were ready to move on from Trumpism but not traditional GOP values.

But I don’t know of any other prominent Dem who could’ve bested Donnie Covidseed. I believe he’ll give Harris a crash course in governance and not seek a second term.

And he’s handling the transition admirably. Every day he talks like a caring, rational adult counters Trump’s one-note whining, reminding Americans that they choose well. Joe’s voice is confident and soothing, Aging Orange’s is like a goat being neutered (I’m imagining).

Granted I’m on a windswept island in British Columbia, but it seems from up here that Trump’s power is already waning. Some GOPers are starting to show some spine, and after the Georgia run-offs, there hopefully will be a measurable decline.

Then again, my head is still spinning.

  1. Anonymous permalink
    November 18, 2020 8:57 am

    I saw a video clip of a Canadian comedy show (2:22), headlined “Canadians: Don’t Vote.” A great spoof on the interest and identification with the U.S. and its election by you up north.

    More seriously, some pivotal dates in the election process: Dec. 8–“safe harbor day,” the date by which all states are to have resolved any election disputes (a state process). Dec. 14–electors meet in their states and cast ballots for P and VP; governors then certify the electors’ votes. Dec. 23–Governors are to send results to Congress by this date. Jan. 6–the newly sworn in Congress meets in joint session to officially accepts each state’s electoral votes. And of course, there’s that Jan. 5 Georgia run-off election for the final two seats in the Senate. Such a long drawn-out incremental process that means I’ll be continuing with finding laughs where I can, as often as I can… IT

  2. Gordon permalink
    November 27, 2020 2:40 pm

    Feeling relieved. My worst moments of election night and early morning after were when it seemed the margins in Michigan, Wisconsin, and PA might be too much to overcome. It was like those movies where the plane is trying to clear the top of the mountain and might not make it. Crashing would have been having the Donald back for four more. Thinking of that, even as a possibility, was really depressing.

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