Two days later.

Today on Crossfire, Paul Begala came out in (half-joking) support of the same constitutional amendment I proposed 13 months ago. I'm still looking for steady work -- maybe I'll send a résumé to CNN. With a little practice, I'm sure I could be almost as big a dick as Tucker Carlson.

I spent most of yesterday in bitter denial about the election and Kerry's concession. Still tired and sore from running all over Heritage Park on Tuesday, I avoided most political news by sitting on my couch and watching a bunch of shows I'd taped last week. (If you must know, Smallville, Desperate Housewives, Boston Legal, Gilmore Girls, and Da Vinci's Inquest. All but the first were from nights I was volunteering.) Last night, I even taped The West Wing (a show I'm close to giving up on, anyway) because I didn't want to think about politics.

I keep thinking about this "values vote" everyone is talking about. Values, my ass -- this is the "shallow Christian vote". Apparently, it doesn't matter how bad a job somebody does, they'll get votes if they wrap themselves in a flag and thump a Bible often enough. And don't even get me started on the rampant and useless homophobia.

Today, I tried cheering myself up a little by buying a ten-dollar t-shirt at Target. It's dark blue, with Captain America's shield silk-screened on the front. (Geeky and patriotic!) I like the shirt, but buying t-shirts won't banish the awful feeling that I'm an endangered species: A liberal atheist living a Bible-thumping nation. I should buy a boat, so when the mob comes to burn me at the stake, I can make a break for Canada. I hope they'll let me keep the t-shirt there.

Posted at 11:21:06 PM EST on 04 November 2004 from Trenton, MI