Day Five: Thank Goodness He’s from Toronto

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We are electing a governor today in Virginia and the cable news networks are a-Twitter.

The polls closed at 7:00 p.m. It’s 8:24 now. And, to be honest, at this point, I expected it all to be over including the shouting.

Instead, it’s too close to call.

Ken Cucinelli, the uber conservative everyone thought was bound to lose is actually ahead–though the Washington D.C. suburbs have not been counted. They’re expected to boost Democrat Terry McAuliffe to victory. And I’m starting to wonder if even a vaguely humorous post is such a good idea.

I’m not sure what to be grateful for on the Fifth Day of Thirty Days of Thanksgiving and Election Day to boot. The cliches just seem too glib. For example:

  • I’m so happy to be done with all those dreadful television commercials. Haha.
  • I’m grateful for your right to have your opinion and I’ll defend to the death your right to express it. LOL
  • Democracy may not be a great form of government but it’s the best anybody has and I’m grateful to be a part of it. SMH.

The awful truth is, in my heart and soul, I believe the state of politics in this country and this commonwealth is no laughing matter. Rancorous, ugly, driven by enormous ego and even more enormously greedy corporate interests, we have completely lost sight of the ideals of leadership, stewardship, and simple human decency.

Here’s the only bright spot in the news so far tonight. Ron Ford, the big city incumbent mayor accused of smoking crack has finally admitted that he “probably” did but doesn’t remember for sure because he was “in one of [his] drunken stupors.”

I am really, really grateful that he is from Toronto.

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