Finally the movie version of the real recount aired last night.
Saw it, liked it, found it pretty accurate but as it “ended” I did wonder why there were no previews shown for the continuing story? And why just call it “Recount” when “Schrodinger’s Cat” would have been much better!
. . .this historical kitty has been put through a quantum ringer that nobody should have to experience. After all it’s tough work being both alive and dead simultaneously. . . If the outcome of a circumstance is presently unknown and by observing the circumstance you will disrupt it, then it exists in all possible states simultaneously… Simple!
After all, it’s been eight years of escalation since then, with no end in sight. Contesting which votes count more (or less) and where and why, and fiddling the numbers before, during and after every trip to the polls so there’s never a clear “winner” and “loser” has become serial psychodrama. Every campaign and candidate is both winner and loser in the past, present and future, never a clear end to the story, no satisfying power of knowing how the story ends at last, when the ballot box is actually opened and the fate of all is sealed-revealed.
Here’s the third-millennium storyline: campaigning based on delegitimizing the other candidate’s voters and the entire electoral process if need be, sophists arguing for the rule of only those rules they can use at any given moment for their own advantage. Rejecting all past as prelude, except of course when it might be cast as favorable prediction.
Last year for example, was an off-election year, but do you think that meant the story wasn’t going right on like any self-respecting, neverending soap opera?
From early November 2007, while Recount was being filmed here:
There was man-in-the-street complaining on NPR this morning from folks in Iowa and New Hampshire, about how the too-early campaigning was interfering with their holiday time. Presidential candidates in their Christmas parade etc.
Our state’s problem in 2000 of course, was too-LATE campaigning that interfered with our Christmas parade and other traditional reasons for the season like conference championship football, sappy holiday fare on tv and the radio. Downtown cobblestone quaintness in twinkling lights was spoiled by news satellite trucks, etc.
So I’m thinking we have a presidential politics problem on both ends, both too early and too late — as well as too expensive, too beauty-contest horse-racey, etc. All I want for Christmas (before or after even-numbered Novembers) is some Silent Nights?
So I’m thinking it would have been a nice touch, real power of story worthy of some real characters, for HBO to stretch “Schrodinger’s Cat is Dead” across the too-tightly wrapped bosom of our former Secretary of State Katherine Harris.