Vail Daily column: Big changes coming tomorrow |

Vail Daily column: Big changes coming tomorrow

Richard Carnes
My View

When you wake up Wednesday morning, which is tomorrow for those of you not keeping track, the world as we know it today will no longer exist.

And to me that’s not such a bad thing.

TV ads will have reverted back to selling us drugs we don’t need, TV shows that insult our intelligence and foods that will eventually kill us (they may or may not be labeled as such, as the whole GMO thingy isn’t settled yet).

But those are the things we’re used to anyway.

In addition, our phones won’t ring as often, trash cans at the post office won’t fill up as quickly and only religious extremists and gardening-types will be leaving fliers on our doorknobs.

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The Letters to the Editor section of this very newspaper will be darn near empty, save for the occasional “thank you” letter to fundraiser sponsors and some old coot condemning Obama for not letting it snow or stealing revenue from the oil companies by forcing lower gas prices.

But most of us ignore those types year-round as it is.

The former candidates and “cause leaders” claiming victory will be basking in the pretend glow of winning a race or an issue, while those on the losing side will be claiming voter fraud and demanding recounts “’cause of all the damn illegals.”

Be prepared to hear smug Democrat winners say, “I told you change was here to stay, now let’s keep that progress we’ve worked so hard on these last few years moving forward!” and smug Republican winners declare, “I told you real change was comin’, and I’m gonna prove it as soon as I get to Washington in January!”

Or some similar insincere nonsense along those lines.

But let’s not fool ourselves too much, as chances are nine out of every 10 incumbents, especially in Congress and the Senate, will be re-elected, as most of us consistently say, “Yeah, they all stink, but our guy is good so we’ll keep ’em there to keep fighting the fight.”

Yes, while yesterday’s winners (today … you know what I mean) will be running around gloating and pretending to thank their defeated opponents (we all know what they really mean), the other 99.9 percent of us will simply be getting back to our normal lives.

First and foremost on our collective list: We have a few ski mountains to get open.

We also have Thanksgiving in just a few weeks, Christmas just four weeks after that, the ultra-busy week leading up to New Year’s Eve, and then another Bronco Super Bowl (with a more positive ending this time), the World Championships and on and on and on.

But either way, a week from now most will not remember who is their senator, congressman, governor, county commissioner, sheriff and last but certainly least of all, who is their county coroner.

And more importantly — or sadly, depending upon one’s perspective — most will not even care.

Richard Carnes, of Edwards, writes weekly. He can be reached at

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