Longtime readers (as opposed to phonetically challenged readers who take a long time to read) know that I am a big fan of Groundhog Day. Well, it’s become something of a cliché this year to compare the election to Groundhog Day, mostly because the reporters covering the election hear the candidates give the same speeches over and over again, stay in indistinguishable hotels, and do the same thing day after day. The difference of course is that in the movie the experience of eternal recurrence brings wisdom to Bill Murray. All it seems to bring to the press corps is deep insight about the differing values between the breakfast buffet at the Holiday Inn versus Courtyard Marriott and an unremitting ennui with John McCain, unprecedented hostility to Sarah Palin, and an unrelenting that the Republicans are racists because they won’t coronate a leftwing Democrat president.
But hey, that’s a conversation for another day, or at least another post.
So today, I look beyond Groundhog Day to the full oeuvre of Bill Murray for insight and wisdom about the day(s) ahead. For starters, I bring you this somewhat existential pick me up: