Election is behind us now. Hooray!


It’s over.

The confetti has fallen, concession speeches have been made and many of the political pundits on cable news networks can go back to their caves for the next two years to assemble pie charts and graphics that explain everything we’ve already seen with our own eyes. A highly-anticipated mid-term election is over, and the nation has once again spoken with the power of the vote.

And there was much rejoicing in the World of Darin.

I love politics. There’s something about the process of getting something accomplished that grips me. You can see it locally, statewide and nationally.

Nothing ever gets done in our system without one of two things happening: (1) somebody’s feelings gets hurt because the majority side just pushes it through without any regard for its opposition; or (2) bargaining and negotiating between the two sides results in part of something getting accomplished, and part of something else getting wiped out in return. It’s absolutely fascinating to me on one hand, and head-smackingly frustrating on the other. The fascinating part to me is the competitive nature of issues between the parties. It’s almost like following a sports league, complete with scoreboard watching. The frustrating part is that we hardly ever get anything substantial done (particularly on the national level) because people stay faithful to their parties to the detriment of doing what’s right for the people.

We elect people to office in order to serve US. It’s my belief that we lose sight of that little fact, and instead decide that elections are our way of supporting our parties and the people that the parties often determine should be leading the way. Oh, we go back and forth in this nation regarding which party we opt to lead us for a predetermined amount of time, but that’s the crux of the problem, isn’t it?

We vote the party. Not the individual.

All that being said, the election coverage on Tuesday night was as entertaining as it has been for a long time. I mostly watched CNN’s coverage because they had an enormous panel of “experts” from all sides, and you had the chance to hear arguments that made sense for both parties if you could wade through the garbage.

Oh, one side note on CNN’s election coverage. Wolf Blitzer, you are awful. Try taking the nastiness and sarcasm out of your voice when discussing Christine O’Donnell or other candidates you might not have voted for this year. Perhaps more people could have seen that the news department at your company worked very hard to come up with a balanced panel if you wouldn’t have blown up impartiality at every opportunity.

Let’s make this more about providing information to the public, and less about Wolf Blitzer. Can you do that? It’s not that hard. Read the numbers as you get them, and then step back and let the panel dissect them. You are not interesting. You are ...

But I digress.

I’m sorry about that, but I get upset when I hear people constantly bring up “the liberal media.” Most people get confused between journalists and experts paid to give their personal opinions. I’ve worked at many newspapers, and I can assure you that each one was filled with people who worked tirelessly to keep personal opinions out of news stories. People like Wolf Blitzer only exasperate that stereotype.

I’m better now. I promise.

What I’m looking forward to now is life after the election. I’m curious to see how the new members of the House and Senate work together, or don’t work together. Exit polls showed that the American voter is upset with both major parties — will that result in teamwork, or will both sides simply maintain business as usual, and lead the nation into greater turmoil as nothing positive gets accomplished?

And, can we go back to our cash-for-gold commercials now that the campaign ads will stop? The public has a right to know.