Monday, October 20, 2008

If Obama Wins in a Landslide...

CNN seems to be projecting that if the election were held today (Please, O Lord, is there any way to have it done with?) Barack Obama would win by a landslide. He won't win Arizona and he won't win Alaska. Other than that, he seems primed to sweep about 40 of the other states. Lopsided.

Now, assume this is exactly what happens. Fine. My real question is, can we get back to normal TV programming by 9pm that night? Not that the election isn't important because it definitely is. As they say in the commercials - it's the most important election since...well, since the last one at least. But if we already know by 8pm that Obama is going to be president, then why belabor the point? Why go over the charts and graphs and electronic maps that commentators can scribble on?

On the other hand, if it happens that John McCain is the one to sweep away the opponent and come away with forty states, I'd watch that till well past midnight even though it would probably be decided by 9pm anyway. And it's not even the drama of the underdog winning the day that would keep me glued to the set. Nor would I be particularly interested to know exactly who he swayed or how. I'd just be waiting to hear about Obama being put on a suicide watch. After all, that would be one hell of an upset. One hell of a collapse. Kind of like the Mets last September, not the one that just passed, but the one before. It would be that bad. And, just like with the Mets, I'd watch...


Blogger Graham Powell said...

I have heard that, based on Electoral College counts, Obama needs to win about 53% of the popular vote to get in. Right now I don't think anything would surprise me.

October 21, 2008 2:29 PM  

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