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Thursday, 04 November
Election

So, that happened.

It won't be surprising to learn that, being an actor, I hang out with artsy folks. Nor should it be surprising to learn that, as artsy folks, they are all incredibly bummed out about the election results. I went to a birthday party tonight, but it was more like a dirge festival. Everyone feels fucked, burnt and betrayed in my circle of pals.

Me, I took the day off on Wednesday, mainly because I wanted to drink heavily on Tuesday night, no matter what. And I did. After the results came in, I told the wife, "You know, I don't think I'm going to stop drinking now, ever." She expressed her displeasure at this idea, to which I responded by making a drink. We're all going to have to live through the next four years one way or the other, and I figure that I'm not going to make it unless I drink heavily, constantly. The wife may disapprove, but then again, I'll be drinking.

The nation has spoken--perhaps we should drink more--and there's nothing to be done. And that's actually fine. As I've told some friends already, I'm not even necessarily bummed that Kerry lost (though I am a bit), mainly because the next four years are going to be such a gruesome catastrophe, such a numbing fuckaround, such a witless bunch of fucking horrors, and I'm A-OK with letting the GOP take the fall for it. Don't get me wrong: I don't want our country to devolve into the laughless joke it seems to be shooting for. It just will no matter what I think.

Ah, lord . . . it's easy to bring out the invective and the outrage. It's too easy, particularly when one feels righteous. But everyone feels righteous, otherwise nothing would ever get done. Hell, I lived through two Reagan terms and another term from a different Bush and lived, and those horrific bastards made me jellykneed practically daily. (There's that easy invective again.) I'll come through this OK.

I've deleted five different endings to this. There are no good endings one way or another. Hell, I probably hate you. Or you might hate me. It seems likely.

Can I buy you a drink?


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Comments

here, here! As in, here's to alcohol and the drowning of many sorrows.

So far, I am half in to a bottle of Italian red and it isn't doing much for the bitterness. Perhaps I should switch to absinthe?

Comment number: 004519   Posted by: kerewin on November 4, 2004 12:20 AM from IP: 216.39.163.161

I lived through 2 Reagan terms and the HW Bush term too! I thought I was going to die. Really. I thought Reagan was going to nuke us all and fuck the whole planet. I made it to the other side of the black hole, but these days I see it all happening again. Last time I smoked tons of pot to get through it. This time though, I think the thing is to retain clearity and fight the bastards with my brain fully engaged. The other side is playing for keeps. We should too.

Comment number: 004521   Posted by: John Wells on November 4, 2004 01:27 AM from IP: 216.162.199.37

I'm from Germany, and even I am depressed because I fear not only the US will go down the drain but this whole rock. "Next stop: Iran", that's what I think.

Anyways, I'll take a drink, yes.

Comment number: 004522   Posted by: Carlo on November 4, 2004 01:38 AM from IP: 193.28.194.11

Oh, and could you please change your templates a bit, Skot? It's hard to tell the single comments apart when you're intoxicated. :P (Really, they're just one big block, and it's hard to say where one comment ends and the next starts.) Thanks.

Comment number: 004523   Posted by: Carlo on November 4, 2004 01:43 AM from IP: 193.28.194.12

I'll take two..no make it three...

Comment number: 004532   Posted by: kj on November 4, 2004 03:38 AM from IP: 66.140.72.221

well, you're all welcome to come to Canada.

Comment number: 004533   Posted by: Lauren on November 4, 2004 04:24 AM from IP: 209.226.118.21

I'll have a double.

Apparently Canada has a waiting list.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=6704292

Comment number: 004535   Posted by: JudyU on November 4, 2004 06:25 AM from IP: 24.35.17.78

Yes, but I have a plan to bring Americans in by marrying them to Canadians.

Get a quicky divorce and I'll try to hook you up with some willing Canadians. (The more I talk about it, the less crazy it sounds.)

Comment number: 004537   Posted by: Ice Queen on November 4, 2004 07:34 AM from IP: 198.96.180.245

here's a site set up where you can Marry A Canadian, if you need to get out of the US.

sadly, i'm already married. (to clarify, in case she stops by: being married isn't sad, not being able to take advantage of the easy out is :) )

Comment number: 004538   Posted by: cleek on November 4, 2004 08:41 AM from IP: 209.116.70.133

between the crying jags and the vodka shot dispensing lazy suzan that i concocted and put to much use, i had a pretty full day yesterday.

Comment number: 004540   Posted by: ivana on November 4, 2004 12:30 PM from IP: 66.155.139.3

Fuck Canada, I'm going to Ireland where they REALLY know how to drink. Seriously, I'm renewing my Irish passport. Oh yeah, and in Ireland they already know a thing or two about low-intensity warfare and entrenched, insoluble political divisions.

Comment number: 004541   Posted by: girlygirl on November 5, 2004 07:29 AM from IP: 207.59.87.142

Alcohol and the Daily Show. It will help to ease the pain.

Comment number: 004542   Posted by: JudyU on November 5, 2004 07:44 AM from IP: 24.35.17.78

Hey, girlygirl! Not until you at least buy us drinks and dinner first.

-Ice Queen in Canada

Comment number: 004543   Posted by: Ice Queen on November 5, 2004 08:05 AM from IP: 198.96.180.245

I am so terrified about the next 4 years. And I live in New Zealand. Feel free to move here.

Comment number: 004547   Posted by: Kat on November 5, 2004 07:48 PM from IP: 203.79.117.128

I am so terrified about the next 4 years. And I live in New Zealand. Feel free to move here.

Comment number: 004548   Posted by: Kat on November 5, 2004 07:49 PM from IP: 203.79.117.128

Can I just say that I am really, really, REALLY sorry about this? Everyone else in the rest of the world -- I'm sorry. 49% of us are sorry. We did our best and I don't blame you for being terrified. I am too.

Comment number: 004550   Posted by: Kate on November 5, 2004 11:19 PM from IP: 63.202.23.192

Can I just say that I am really, really, REALLY sorry about this? Everyone else in the rest of the world -- I'm sorry. 49% of us are sorry. We did our best and I don't blame you for being terrified. I am too.

Comment number: 004551   Posted by: on November 5, 2004 11:20 PM from IP: 63.202.23.192

if I looking for frog

him name is hopkin green frog

I lost my frog

329-3228

Love,
Terry

P.S. I'll find my frog

Comment number: 004552   Posted by: Terry on November 6, 2004 11:47 AM from IP: 193.237.12.33

Gotta love the way liberals whine when they lose (kinda similar to Yankees fans). You thought you had the election locked to a landslide in your favor for the last two months and you can't believe it. You could see this exact expression on Soledad O'Brien's face when she announced the breaking news Wednesday morning that *shocker* Kerry was calling Bush to concede. You liberals were so smug that you'd won (even those pseduo-scientific exit polls seemed to be telling your story), only to have the bottom drop out beneath you. Priceless.

Skot - Your columns are usually hilarious and occassionally insightful, so it's truly sad to see you joining the rest of the whiners who forgot that most Americans cared something more than the world's opinion of us and preferred a president who had real principles (regardles of whether you agree with all of them, which I don't) instead of determining his conscience by the latest Gallup poll.

Screw you for turning your site into another forum for liberals to mope on.
Screw the liberal elitists who thought that they were so much smarter and stronger than the people who really make up this country.
And, finally, screw all of you Chicken-Littles threatening to leave this country for Canada/New Zealand/Switzerland/etc. You always do this when a conservative is elected but, like Alex and Kim, you never have the guts to make good on your word when it comes down to it.

Comment number: 004555   Posted by: Biff on November 6, 2004 04:19 PM from IP: 65.121.169.36

And screw you, Biff head. Wanna hear whining? How bout all those conservative/reactionary assholes all the way through both of Clinton's terms. Republicans have raised the bar so high for being bad bad bad bad losers that Democrats will never be able to get even close.

Not being able to keep you dick in your pants is an indictable offence? Give me a break! Sacking the treasury, getting this glorious country involved in an unwinnable war, authorising torture and pissing all over the geneva convention--those are not only indictable offences, they're offences that should land Bush and co.'s asses in the fucking slammer.

But much worse, these events will shame our country for generations. And frankly, that's what we're upset about. Not losing--being slimed all over by having the bad luck to born in the same country as the likes of you.

Comment number: 004556   Posted by: biffyou on November 6, 2004 08:18 PM from IP: 66.108.119.37

And screw you, Biff head. Wanna hear whining? How bout all those conservative/reactionary assholes all the way through both of Clinton's terms. Republicans have raised the bar so high for being bad bad bad bad losers that Democrats will never be able to get even close.

Not being able to keep you dick in your pants is an indictable offence? Give me a break! Sacking the treasury, getting this glorious country involved in an unwinnable war, authorising torture and pissing all over the geneva convention--those are not only indictable offences, they're offences that should land Bush and co.'s asses in the fucking slammer.

But much worse, these events will shame our country for generations. And frankly, that's what we're upset about. Not losing--being slimed all over by having the bad luck to be born in the same country as the likes of you.

Comment number: 004557   Posted by: biffyou on November 6, 2004 08:19 PM from IP: 66.108.119.37

Boy, Biff. I guess we don't need to be worried about who is running the country, huh, when people as reasonable as you support him? You really increase my confidence that we can share the country with each other. 49% of the country don't make this country? What, are you planning to exterminate us?

Comment number: 004559   Posted by: Miel on November 6, 2004 11:14 PM from IP: 151.203.83.171

Oh, Skot...I'll take that drink and raise you one. Actually, let's do a bong hit in honor of Biff. It's what he would want for us.

Comment number: 004560   Posted by: Miel on November 6, 2004 11:15 PM from IP: 151.203.83.171

I know the truth. SkotA likes monkeys. Conservative, republican monkeys at that.

Comment number: 004563   Posted by: Dembert Schminkey on November 7, 2004 04:34 PM from IP: 205.188.116.133

Skot, even if you were a Bush fanatic, I'd never be able to hate you. Unlike some readers, it would seem, I don't give a rip about someone's political leanings if I don't actually know them. Besides, no one makes me laugh harder than you do, which is probably sad, considering that we've never met, and it's just as well, because I'm not all that interesting, but I digress.

I suppose we can look at the positive side of things. Voter turnout was much higher than usual. People who normally wouldn't vote actually gave enough of a damn to do so. And Bush knows that 49% of the country isn't a fan of his. Not that I expect him to grasp that concept or use it as a launchpad to bring the country together; if anything, it'll probably make things a whole lot worse.

Now, can I buy Miel and biffyou a drink?

Comment number: 004566   Posted by: CG on November 7, 2004 11:18 PM from IP: 70.19.96.220

Screw you for turning your site into another forum for liberals to mope on.

Funny, I didn't know I was doing anything other than just writing whatever the fuck I wanted to, just like any other day. Can you tell me, by the way, where I announced: "LIBERALS! MOPE HERE!" No? That would be because I never did.

If it makes you feel any better, Biff--and after the "screw you" comments, I really don't care if it does--I have no intention of moving anywhere. And in four years--or eight, or whatever--when the GOP finally gets eaten alive at the polls, do know that I'll have enough class not to run up to your doorstep and crow about it.

Comment number: 004567   Posted by: Skot on November 8, 2004 08:15 AM from IP: 66.150.9.3

*mindlessly does the bidding of Dembert Schminkey*

Comment number: 004568   Posted by: Skot on November 8, 2004 08:16 AM from IP: 66.150.9.3

You know, that's exactly what I was thinking. After a long hard day at the polls on tuesday and a tough, tough night, I woke up on a friend's couch wednesday morning and my first thought was, "Alcoholism seems like a reasonable way to deal with this disappointment. Maybe I'll give it a shot." And to be honest, I've been doing pretty well so far.

Comment number: 004570   Posted by: liz on November 8, 2004 01:10 PM from IP: 69.164.78.22

Skot, I love you more with each passing comment.
And being a gay female, that says something.

Comment number: 004576   Posted by: CG on November 9, 2004 01:45 PM from IP: 70.19.96.220

Hey, Biff, you won. By your logic, you should be too busy celebrating to care what the losers think. I guess you're way obsessed with liberals, then. Sort of like the Bakker-style preachers who rail against homos and then are caught being effed up the butt. Welcome to the camp, Biff. Just, you know, don't get too close, ok?

Comment number: 004583   Posted by: Katy on November 10, 2004 01:08 PM from IP: 161.114.32.111

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