I’ve just been having a really weird night of thinking, and I’m starting to wonder if I am becoming the male Pauline Kael of West Virginia. I just can’t imagine why anyone would vote for Mitt Romney, but my gut tells me this will be another 51-49 election, and Obama could very well lose.
It’s kind of disconcerting. I’ve always felt pretty up to speed on pop culture, but I guess as I age I am less and less in touch with the modern zeitgeist. I was listening to NPR yesterday (that in itself is a red flag for being out of touch, I guess), and they were talking about some new group called s/s/s, which had three independent artists grouped, and I’d never even heard of any of them independently. Of all the pop culture/celebs in bikinis blogs out there, I only ever check the Superficial, because the guy cracks me up, and half the time I have ZERO idea who the alleged celebs are.
I guess what I mean to say is I just feel sort of dissociated from the country at large. I’m watching Kitchen Cousins and Yard Crashers and Restaurant Impossible, when apparently everyone else in the country is watching American Idol. I’m out in the back yard gardening, while the rest of the country is taking their kids to soccer or going to NASCAR events. I’m writing a political blog, and half the country doesn’t even fucking vote. I’m an atheist, while the majority of the country says they believe in God but acts like godless heathens.
I guess this a long way of writing I can’t think of one reason why anyone in the country would vote for Romney, yet I’m shocked and terrified the polls are as close as they are. I hate being out of touch with the country, but if being in touch means supporting a party of sociopaths, I guess I will just have to make my separate peace.
I’m 41 years old and I feel like Burgess Meredith in Grumpy Old Men. Meredith, Matthau, and Lemmon are all dead. Maybe I should stop with those comparisons for now.
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BTW- if you like Matthau and Lemmon (Matthau is one of my all time favorites), you have got to make sure you take the time to see Buddy Buddy. You will laugh for the entire movies. I’d kill for a copy on DVD.