I’m writing this post on the day it will be published, which is unusual for me. But last night was election night in the US, and I was glued to my TV watching the coverage. I couldn’t tear myself away to write. It was the culmination of months – no, years – spent watching The Daily Show, reading The New York Times, and just generally taking interest in how politics functions in the US. What are the latest returns in Florida? Have they projected a winner in Ohio yet? When will Obama give his victory speech? I had to see it all.
As I watched, I heard a number of phrases repeated over and over. I am far too straight-laced to participate in an election night drinking game, but there would have been ample opportunity to become completely inebriated. It seems that election coverage follows a very predictable pattern, and with hours and hours of airtime to fill, and new people tuning in all the time who need updates, it’s no surprise that it can get a little bit repetitive.
Election Night Bingo
After last night, I’ve identified a few phrases that would make for an excellent game of Election Night Bingo. I may save them for 2016:
- Let’s look at the big map.
- Too close to call.
- It’s all about Ohio.
- Let’s go county-by-county.
- Steel belt.
- We have a reporter on the ground in [insert name of county where nothing is actually happening]. Let’s go there and find out what’s happening.
- Red state.
- Blue state.
- Let’s compare that to 2008 / 2004 / 2000.
- Reports of long line-ups.
- Exit polls.
- We’re just seconds away from another projection.
- It’s not over yet. and/or There are a lot of votes left to count.
- Health care reform.
- The women’s vote.
- The African American vote.
- Electoral college.
- Popular vote.
I could literally go on all day. But I’ll stop, before the election night flashbacks get too bad.
What about you? Did you watch the election coverage last night? What words or phrases would you add to my bingo sheet?