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The 2000 US presidential election had “hanging chads.” The 2020 election has Nevada. OK, that’s not probably the most excellent analogy. Florida’s tiny-paper-fragment mess was a part of a large recount that finally landed within the Supreme Courtroom; Nevada is simply taking some time to depend votes. Forgive me. It’s been an extended week, and I simply actually appreciated the almost-rhyme between “chad” and “Nevada.” That is the place we’re at within the election cycle.
Anyway, right here’s the deal: Election Evening in America has now unfold her wings and expanded into Election Week in America, and as of Thursday, there have been nonetheless many states the place the vote was too near name for both President Trump or former vp Joe Biden. These included Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, and, sure, Nevada. However whereas a lot of them gave the impression to be shifting alongside at a gradual clip and reporting their vote totals as they went, Nevada, nicely, wasn’t. (As of this writing, the state nonetheless solely has about 89 p.c of its ballots counted.) Left with little else to do however wait, the web did what it all the time does: began a meme.
Throughout Twitter, Tumblr, and TikTok—any social media web site that begins with the letter T, principally—customers started evaluating Nevada to all method of late and/or gradual issues: the sloth in Zootopia, actually shitty associates who by no means meet you once they say they are going to, menstrual durations eight to 9 months earlier than baby start. OK, that final one is faux, however you get the drift. (Additionally, this meme has been occurring for days. Somebody may’ve already made that joke and I missed it.) Different memes referenced Titanic, SpongeBob SquarePants, and the Brian McKnight jam “Again at One,” as a result of the whole chorus is simply very gradual counting. It felt slightly brutal, however Nevada is the Battle Born State—it may possibly take it.
And all of the jokes landed. Not as a result of they had been all undeniably sensible. In actual fact, many had been pretty by-the-book meme constructions. But it surely’s straightforward to see why they went viral. Not since that 2000 election has any presidential race been this a lot of a protracted nail-biter. It’s like if the best-of-seven NBA playoffs received crammed into 4 consecutive days. Every night time America went to mattress feeling just like the race was slightly nearer to completion, however at any level, the lead may change. The following 4 years of American politics will probably be decided by this election, and one of many issues that might tip the size are a couple of thousand ballots in Nevada. (Although, on the time of publication Friday morning, it seems like Pennsylvania would be the deciding commonwealth.) All anybody can do is await the votes to be counted, whereas staring on the web (or a TV). Memes, at the very least, break the stress.
On Wednesday, I wrote a piece concerning the agony of watching the election play out on-line, quite than amongst associates or household. Watching historic moments occur and solely with the ability to share them digitally kinda sucks. However spreading Covid-19 sucks much more, so folks stayed dwelling, away from one another. Within the days since states began tallying their votes, the anxiousness has solely gotten worse. However from time to time somebody jumped on social media to dunk on a state simply attempting to depend their ballots. It isn’t good, but it surely nonetheless feels good.
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