I’m pretty sure I’m going to go into withdrawl.
For the last two years, we’ve been fed a steady diet of updates, polls, speeches, accusations and photo ops related to the US presidential race – and now, in a few short hours, it’s all going to be over.
It was a constant I could always count on, likely a daily soap opera with ongoing plot twists, interesting characters, heros and villains, scandal and unexpected developments. Even if there was nothing else going on, I knew I could catch the latest on the American election. Our own short campaign was hardly this captivating and the key characters hardly as interesting.
As a non-American, I know that my opinions on the US election and my political leanings south of the border really are irrelevant. After all, I can’t make a difference at the ballot box. But I was pulling for Hilary Clinton in the early days, hoping she could break through that proverbial glass ceiling and set foot in the White House as the first female president of the world’s still most powerful nation.
I must admit, I was a little annoyed with Barack Obama when he first entered the Democratic race and began gaining ground on Hilary. It seemed as though he came out of nowhere – at least to my Canadian way of thinking – with a lot of hype and little experience to his credit. And Hilary had more than paid her dues with her years of political experience and positioning, leaving my sense of fairness just a little out of whack.
And I felt for Hilary when she finally accepted what had become inevitable and stepped aside. After all, I think we’ve all been in a situation where we put our heart and soul into something – and it just wasn’t meant to be. That can be bruising under the best of situations, but especially if you have to endure it publicly in front of an audience of millions.
But I got pulled into the Obama fan club, like so many, and began hoping that his message of change would catch on with those south of the border. It certainly looks like he will be victorious today, but as we all know, it ain’t over till it’s over. And if he is the victor, I only hope – both for his sake and for America’s – that he can live up to all the expectations that have been placed on him. Will he truly be able to effect change and will it be the change his various supporters are counting on him for?
Time will tell. I’ll be in front of the TV tonight, though, watching the floating maps, charts and graphs and listening to the on-the-spot, up-to-the-minute live analysis on what promises to be a historic night. No matter who wins.
And come tomorrow, my search for a replacement to US election coverage to soothe the withdrawl symptoms is on.