OMG Barack, I'm Home!
Hopey Changey, SF-style
Excuse me for the delay, I've been getting settled in my new DC-area Secret Lair since Halloween and can I just say it feels fucking fantastic to be home? The good news is I am here (in one piece none the less) and all is well though the timezone thing is going to take some getting used to. The other good news is that I am really here and ready to start posting like an over-caffeinated, Bernanke-hating maniac again if you have been starving for your JDA fix.
Anyway, in case you missed it, pics of my trip (at least everything up until Ohio and the rest of my eastern leg, which I haven't uploaded yet) can be found here. Once I get truly settled I'll be sure to add Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and of course the last stretch that got me through parts of Maryland, Virginia and DC.
One interesting thing I wanted to point out, this still being Election Day as I write this, is that I was watching teevee with my two favorite lifelong Democrats (that's Sr and Sra Deputy Accountant, or Grandma and Grandpa as they are also known) while winding across this great country of ours and of course sickened by the non-stop blast of political ads coming at us between the evening news. Stopped in Milwaukee, I got to catch a bit of the Ron Johnson/Russ Feingold madness and couldn't believe some of the crap these ads yammer on about, accusing opponents of supporting child molesters, of killing jobs, and of raising taxes.
I knew, of course, that Wisconsin ads were no different than any other district and sure enough found myself in a Middleofnowhere, OH hotel room the following night watching - what else - an endless stream of political ads between the news. Sure enough they were flinging the same exact mud, accusing opponents of aligning with Nancy Pelosi (win!) and sneering at incumbents for supporting TARP, cap and trade, and Obamacare. The ads were very nearly word-for-word the same ones I'd seen in Wisconsin except the names and races had changed. I mean EXACTLY.
Let me tell you, nothing leaves you feeling more disappointed in political process in this country than driving across it in the middle of election season only to land in Washington DC when all is said and done.
No one set any cars on fire in the District tonight, it's only Harry Reid winning Nevada and the Republicans taking the House, not the Bulls winning the championship or anything.
Can't wait for 2012.