Someone help me (and this guy, too)

2 Mar

Ben Dolnick over at “The Awl” and I have the same ongoing — and soon to be festering — affliction:

In the run-up to the elections of both 2004 and 2008, I was one of those people who woke up in the middle of the night to check primary data. I regularly had my day ruined/made by polls of states I’d never set foot in. I wrote checks and impassioned mass-emails. I could (and worse, did) explain the intricacies of the Texas two-step primary/caucus. I have no idea why or how political campaigns became my drug of choice, but now, in this brief window of daylight, I dread the coming darkness.

There is, I think, a small but sturdy subset of political junkies (how terribly apt that word seems!) who will know whereof I speak. We have jobs that enable/demand near-constant proximity to computers. We have over-active opinion-producing glands. We take great and idiotic pleasure in knowing things first. We go on months-long news binges followed by days (OK, hours) of sobriety.

Yep, that’s us. 2012 is NOT going to be fun for me. Help.

(PS, sorry about the lack of content of late. I’ve been in the midst of a move. Expect a link-heavy next couple of weeks.)


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