Ow, wow, people: Happy New Year and welcome to this, your first Sunday Morning Liveblog of 2011, and thus, THE FUTURE. Yes, today we have a new innovation here: it will be the first round of Sunday Morning political chat shows that I watch in HD television. WoooooOOOOOOOooooo! I know! Soon I will come face to face with every pore on the faces of such men as Mike Pence and Dick Durbin, and will finally come to know the carnal energy they exude over the voters of such states as Indiana. And Illinois! Plus, I will finally enjoy David Gregory’s antics on the set of TRON: BATTLING DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN IN LIGHTCYCLES.
Later, I will ruminate upon the fact that all this moden teevee technology is essentially going to the practice of staring at an almost 18th century exercise, like glass blowing, in that we live in this hugely complicated, interconnected world where the fibers that bind us to each other can almost be seen in real-time pulling and stretching against the forces of policy, and the best we can do for one another in terms of developing a televised forum in which we might understand our political existence are a bunch of shows where various hair-farmers stare at flickering lights and talk to the Village Shaman to see how it might shape the electoral fortunes of various other Village Shamans. “MOVE TO THE CENTER, BEFORE THE GREAT CROW GOD SWOOPS DOWN AND DEVOURS THE KIDNEYS OF OUR VIRGIN DAUGHTERS!”
Anyway, my name is Jason and you are welcome to participate in this primitive ritual with me for another year. Please feel free to sit back passively and let this all overwhelm you. Or, if you prefer to shape the ends of your own destiny, you may leave a comment, or send an email, or even follow me on Twitter, for some reason. Let’s begin this new year with an important lesson: