While you’ve heard how Election Day in DC can be like the day before Christmas, for those of us who don’t work in politics, near politics, around politics or within smelling range of politics, it can be just another day. Perhaps being a non-political guy in DC on Election Night is like being Jewish on Christmas? If it means ordering Chinese and heading to the movies, that doesn’t sound too bad, does it?
I have friends on both ends of the spectrum. My friend Brittany worked for left-leaning groups here in the District before she escaped to California, and my good friend Mike is a co-founder of RedState.com. My friend Ben started draftobama.org, and my other friend Ben used to be a speechwriter for various Republicans on the Hill. They live & die by the progress of their respective sides, while I sit on the sidelines addressed by neither party. I am that peculiar independent that finds neither party’s message or drive compelling to forsake my pleasant place between them.
So, today, as you gorge yourself on election news (make no mistake, I’ll probably be doing the same, just so I can talk to my friends), remember that not everyone is living and dying by it. Buy ‘em a beer, talk about that local sports franchise, or that art exhibit they’re dying to see, and remember that DC is more than just politics, more than the beautiful marble & bronze. This city is full of people who don’t eat, sleep & breathe the politics that we’re host to, despite it all. Give them a bit of a break, yeah?