Almost over

Published 4:46 pm Tuesday, November 6, 2018

It ain’t over ‘til it’s over” was used by the late, great Yogi Berra during the 1973 baseball season. His New York Mets were pretty far behind in the standings and someone asked him if their opportunities were past. “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” Berra replied and we have been using that Berra-ism ever since.

For the record, Berra’s Mets went on to win their division and defeated my Cincinnati Reds three games to two to win a trip to the World Series. They took the American League’s Oakland Athletics to the seventh game of the World Championship where they lost. That Yogi was something else.

I’m writing this on Tuesday, voting day. This exhausting midterm election that many have hyped as “the most important in our lifetime” is almost over. Tomorrow when you read this in the paper, we’ll know all about it. Can I get a “Hallelujah, it’s over!”

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Don’t take too deep a breath though. I’m certain that the campaign for 2020 will begin sometime in the early hours of Thursday. What else do the media have that can bring them as much revenue and viewership?

There’s no way to track all the money spent on political races, but someone said that the Texas Senate race cost more than $130 million. All that for a job that pays $174,000 a year. Something is rotten in Denmark.

From my point of view it looks like it will be a nervous and late night before all the votes are counted and we know just what color the winners are. I don’t mean black, brown, or white. I mean red or blue.

I’ve been a follower of politics for just about all my life. It may not be a subject that catches your fancy, but it’s been an interest of mine, sort of like sports. I guess we all have our curious sides. Here’s a thought or two.

First, I don’t know what one thinks of the current President, doesn’t matter, but I have never seen anyone who possesses the stamina that he does. Again, you may not like him, but no one can say, he’s lazy. Another thing about him. Donald J. Trump is no shrinking violet.

As a preacher who uses his voice many times on Sundays and knows what it is to have a sore throat from talking so much, it’s amazing to see the President speak so many times and, yet, never get hoarse or lose his voice.

Here’s another thought. I don’t know which cable news channel you may watch, but all of them have their prejudices. Objectivity in news reporting went out the window a long time ago. Sometimes the things they say are simply distortions on the truth.

I don’t know what to think about all the polls. It’s sort of like those who say you can always find a Bible verse to support your way of thinking. That’s true when “cherry picking” or isolating Bible verses to make a point.

In the same way, there is always a poll out there to support whichever way you want to make your analysis. If that’s the case, can we say that polls don’t mean too much these days? As they say, the only poll that matters is that one that is taken on Voting Day.

Finally, I’m an interested citizen. I have already voted and I hope you did, too. I care about who wins and I’m sure you do. At the same time, when it is really over, we’re going to have to do the best we can with whoever has won. At least until 2020.