This is it. Today is the payoff for what feels like several solid years of campaigning, of antagonistic bumper stickers and special interest billboards, of commercials with solemn baritone narration and stacks of of wire-and-cardboard signs at every roadside intersection. After debates and deconstruction and memes involving bayonets and binders, Election Day is finally here.
I made the mistake of checking Facebook a few minutes ago, temporarily forgetting how intolerable it has been since, like, Inauguration Day 2009. What used to be a harmless collection of pictures of other people's café latte froth and former co-workers with their misshapen babies has become all election-related screeching, all the time. My timeline looks like a game of telephone that started with what might have, at one point, been a fact, but has been twisted into an all-caps overreaction screaming at me from the center of the screen.