For me, the election was exciting and nerve-wracking and agonizing and inspiring all at the same time. But maybe not for the reasons you may think.
Let me be clear: I consider the right to vote a true privilege. Not all countries afford their citizens the same accessibility to ballot boxes. As such, I found it a bit thrilling to watch our democracy at work. Mostly because our democracy at work was the only thing on television I could watch! All of my favorite programs had been pre-empted by election coverage and – I am not going to lie – I was digitally distraught.
You know how your dog senses it is mealtime and will often go and wait by the food bowl for you? I am the same way with Judge Judy. Around 3:54 PM each day, I mosey on over to KOHD and wait for her doily embellished black robe to appear. There is something comforting about her bailiff Byrd instructing the spectators to rise in her presence. I can’t count on much in this world, but I can count on the fact that the plaintiff and the defendant will both be woefully under-dressed for a court appearance and one or both may be sporting a chin piercing.
So you can imagine my chagrin when I patiently waited for that familiar opening – the cacophony of strings from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the dulcet tones of the voice-over guy as he announces: “You are about to enter the courtroom of Judge Judith Sheindlin…the people are real…the cases are real…the verdicts are final…THIS IS JUDGE JUDY” – and was instead greeted with maps of the U.S. shaded in blue and red and lots of grey-haired white men talking about the electoral college. My Judge Judy had been knocked off the air by the Presidential Election!
I had the same feeling I did when I was a kid and strayed too far from my mom’s shopping cart at the grocery store. I was lost with nothing familiar in sight!
So, I watched the election coverage and counted the electoral votes along with everyone else and listened to Wolf Blitzer and John King. But I’m not going to lie. When President Obama entered to give his acceptance speech, I half-expected Byrd to be there saying, “All rise…court is now in session…the honorable Judge Judith Sheindlin presiding…”