If you are bored, raise your hand. Can’t? Too busy trolling the Internet looking for post-election post-mortem? Looking for articles by pollsters trying to explain away what went wrong? It’s been a week since #abvote ended and well…it’s a little slow.
Don’t get me wrong; the negativity was overwhelming. The misinformation and visible hatred was horrific to watch. But, as much as I cursed the negativity and the drama, it was exhilarating and in a masochistic way… kind of fun. I know I am not the only one. I see you out there one week later…sharing articles. Writing blogs. Trashing your opposing political parties. You still have those twibbons on your twitter avatar and your party’s colours on your Facebook profile. You miss it too.
This was the (seemingly) closest race we have had in a while. After 41 years of the same government a lot of people and especially the media were looking for a change or even just a real horse race. I’ll let you in on a little secret…media like drama. Ok..not sure if that’s a secret. They like conflict. And they devour polls that..as we found out…that have no apparent basis in fact. Lest I forgot about 2008. Pollsters back then were also calling for a tight race. But the Liberals were the ones doing the heel nipping. Deep down I think the bulk of Albertans will never be able to vote in a Liberal government…not until all memories of the NEP are bred away. My husband tells the story of the last election…as the results came down in 2008. It was looking like another Tory majority. He heard a reporter yell out…”FUCK. I can’t believe it!” Was this reporter a NDP supporter? Did he have ties to the Liberals? He may have even voted for the the PC’s. Not sure..but odds are they were pissed because they wanted a change. Another story. Another challenge. Not the same old government. With the same old predictable characters.
Oh well…it is what it is. Now, election junkies will have to immerse themselves in the run off election in France. Or apparently according to pollsters the Federal Conservatives and the NDP are neck in neck in the latest polls. With Wilfred Laurier coming up not far behind. Wink.