Some quick post-forum thoughts:
I have this general feeling of spacey-ness after typing all the way through that. I think it's a bit to do with the multitasking involved in live-blogging (especially because I've never done it before) and the cold medicine I'm on -- but more, I think it's about this feeling of disconnect between the radically hopeful and expansive conversations about queer lives and issues I'm used to being engaged in and the political minor maneuvering that is inherent in both electoral politics and commercial media. It's a disorienting, dismaying space -- real issues in real lives feel diminished, reduced to tiny gradations that supposedly differentiate various policies and stances in a strange pop-culture game. Possibilities recede, in all directions -- the debate is, we are told, about officially recognized coupledom now or later, "marriage" or "union" -- and huge dynamic conversations challenging the very notion of long-term, homebound, economically and legally linked coupledom as a universal ideal are disappeared. I'm not saying I expect more, or other, than that from presidential candidates. I don't. And so I generally don't pay close attention to the smooth (or occasionally not-so-smooth) slides from one official position to another slightly different one. Trying to do that tonight, I've realized how far from those conversations I really have been, how truly distant, and disconnected, from them I feel. Journalists around me are trading sharp analyses of what we've just seen, and I just feel foggy, a little -- or a lot -- far away.