OMG, Clinton leads!

One of the seedier traditions of cable news is displaying the precinct returns as they come in. Polls haven’t even closed across the state, yet Fox News is telling me Clinton is up by two percentage points. Whatever happened to serving in the public interest?

Now, I know better than to think this means anything more than Chris seeing an anagram for Hillary in a urinal . But I still get a palpable sense of excitement that there might be an upset. It’s a primal urge to jump to conclusions and build a narrative in my head before the actual results come through. I know it’s foolish, the cable news anchors know it’s foolish, and I hope the American public knows it’s foolish. For some reason, I doubt that last part.

UPDATE 10:15 p.m.: Uh, maybe I was right to be foolish.