Last night I watched politics on TV all night, at the same time I watched the end of the World Series, while sneaking in a "King of the Hill" and a fast-forward through Ellen DeG, too. (Have decided she's boring, on her talk show, after a 3- or 4-day sample.) (Dancing included.) (It's cute, but every day? the same dancing, the same route, the same Ellen-happy straight women? Either they're crazy about her or they really like knowing what to expect.) So, yeah, I saw Obama's infomercial, his appearance on Jon Stewart, and his late-night rally with Bill Clinton, and caught Rachel Maddow too (Barack's on with her tonight). I'm getting a little tired of it---the TV, the politics on TV---but I can't stop watching.
And now I know what people are talking about when they refer to needing to clear out their DVRs, and the kind of draw/focus this chore/pleasure provides. I've got to work out a healthier relationship with my DVR, even though we may not be in for it long-term. An introductory rate is a sort of honeymoon with cable. And we are going at it almost every night.
After the election, though, I suspect I'll be a bit less tied to the box. To think the transition may be just to a TV-politics vacuum, not a devastation--- it's heady stuff to dare to imagine.
Meanwhile I keep checking electoral map projections. I think 270towin is run by right-wingers, but one thing I like about that site is that you can see past Presidential election results going back, like, all the way. Use that pull-down menu at the top of the map. You can track how the generally Republican-red and Democrat-blue turf has pretty much flip-flopped in the last century. Except with Kansas. The stubborn buggers.