Monday December 18, 2017 2:13:38 PM St. Paul, MN

Post Electoral

The final letter cracked at 9:11 AM, 19 hours after it was unveiled.

Of the nine letters making up the word “Democracy,” at least half met their demise at the
hands of bystanders, crashing to the ground after being swatted or pushed from their base;
the rest disappeared due to the weather.

Does this bode well for the state of things?

Denver was raucous, jubilant, excited. Obama’s speech and its setting placed him in the context of contemporary American life, spilling politics into the more conventional, safe settings of professional sports, spectacle, and Disney.

The closing night of the convention was perfect television, brilliantly executed that only slightly
hinted at more disonant overtones that reminded one of The Triumph of the Will.

The closing was a visual display seeking to harmonize Obama’s aspiration for the Presidency
within the American psyche. It embedded his story with that of Dr. King’s, timed on the
anniversary of the Reverend’s Washington Mall speech; they both became more of theĀ AmericanĀ grain.

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