Posted Nov 7, 2012 @ 9:37 PM
I was flipping back and forth between BBC and MSNBC all evening, then switched over to TDS at 8:00 (I'm on the west coast, obviously). So by the time I switched back at the commercial break, the election had already been called for President Obama and I had to do a mad sweep of channels to make sure and really take it in; I had been cautiously optimistic, but nervous as hell after the mainstream media did its level best to create reality out of its narrative that Obama had blown his chances with his performance in the first debate. Then I flipped back to Comedy Central, wanting to hear Jon's announcement, and waited through what felt like five minutes of commercials.
I rather liked his "oh, by the way" delivery since it was, by modern measures, old news by that point. I also liked his line about being exactly where we were before the millions upon millions of dollars were spent over the past couple of years. But on the whole, I found the show lacking. Perhaps I was just unfairly comparing it to my much-loved memories of the 2008 joint special, but it just felt like a normal episode that happened to air live during a crucial half hour; it had no particular energy. As one who had several moments of "just let this be over already" ennui - especially living in California with its never-ending parade of ballot initiatives and resulting commercials - I somewhat understand, but I did hope for a more vibrant episode.
Nate Silver's predictions were my security blanket leading up to the election, and as they came true last night they kept me from downing too many martinis to function today, so I look forward to his victory lap tonight.