They say the re-election campaign happens 2 years into the term. But this term has been a very different one than first terms in the past. The re-election, for all intents and purposes, began on December 13, 2000. For four years, the election and politics have been a very active subject and tremendously consuming. It has been during these past four years that I have been expanding my interest in politics, investigating perspectives more deeply than clicking past campaign commercials, and exploring the news more thoroughly than the few minutes I'd spend every morning oogling Ray D'Alessio. It has been stimulating, frustrating, enlightening, exhausting, and fulfilling. Politics have been a confidant and a nuisance.
I feel like an entirely different person than I was four years ago. Musicmaker was still in business. I had just moved into my first apartment all to myself, but my legal residence was still at my mother's house. I still felt like a college kid.
Four years is a long time. Now that the election is over and the topic may not be as hot, I can never go back to the isolated state I had been in. At times I try to close my eyes as they had been and skip blissfully through, unaware and unconcerned about the things that seem so central to me now. Perhaps this is the difference between 23 and 27.
As such, my mind is a complete blank.