How are you coping with the stress?

By Amanda Marcotte
Monday, November 3, 2008 2:50 EDT
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I’ll admit; I was glad for the Texas Book Festival this weekend because it kept me off the computer for hours at a time. And I’ve been buried in Sarah Vowell’s new book, which I’ll finish in what seems record time. I try to read political news and keep up with changes in the campaigns, but inevitably I end up looking at polling data, and using Yahoo’s “create your own scenario” map to convince myself that we’re very close to losing this, because it’s just too easy to see all the major swing states go for McCain. It seems possible that Obama could get 55% of the vote and still lose, and the idea makes my stomach churn.

So, how do you plan to get to sleep between now and then? Are you distracting yourself, giving yourself a break? Have you been able to vote yet? How did you feel after? I felt like we were going to win, but my confidence is slipping at the last hour.

On the other hand, it’s weird to think about blogging after the election, when we’ll likely be blogging for the first time truly from a place of not being in the opposition.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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