Watching The Returns

Call me crazy, but I think watching returns in an off-year election is perversely interesting.  It’s always intriguing, even if the histrionics and posturing of the networks becomes awfully tiring.  As always, I’ve got some questions.

Some interesting stuff that professional politicos may have known, but I hadn’t focused on:  an African-American, Tim Scott — and a Republican, no less — wins handily in the Senate race in South Carolina, and a woman, Shelley Moore Capito  — also a Republican — wins handily in the Senate race in West Virginia.  Both are historic results.  Why haven’t we heard more about these candidates?

Another curiosity:  John Kasich wins so easily in Ohio that the networks can call the race as soon as the polls close.  How can a swing state like Ohio be so one-sided?  In view of that, how can the people in the Ohio Democratic Party who greased the skids for Ed Fitzgerald, a flawed candidate who got drubbed, possibly keep their jobs?

Why do we put so much stock in polling?  It seems like polls are as often news for being wrong as they are for being right.  How about we just wait for actual results to come in for a change?

What is the demographic for election results viewers?  Watch the commercials and see if you can figure it out.  In Columbus, it’s apparently aging people who need advice on avoiding taxes on their retirement funds and are looking to buy new roofs.

Finally, the networks would do us a favor if they skipped the concession speeches and victory speeches.  The constant “whoop” cries are intolerable, and we’re not exactly hearing the echoes of great orators these days.  Even a roofing commercial would be preferable.