Not surprisingly, the outside world is paying a great deal of attention to our pending election. An additional data point: I did interviews back-to-back Monday with journalists in Denmark and Canada about separate aspects of the cultural and political context for 2020.
The first of those interviews, with CBC-New Brunswick, is included in today’s radio/text/television story on Maine’s Second District, its politics, its differences with the First District, and its potentially decisive role in Tuesday’s vote, as there’s a scenario (however unlikely) under which its single electoral vote breaks a 269-269 Electoral College tie. Add in the race between Senator Susan Collins and his Democratic rival, former Maine House speaker Sarah Gideon, and there’s a lot at stake.
Also, in a scene out of Cold War Berlin or Vienna, reporter, Jacques Poitras also interviews an American voter live across the closed border on the bridge connecting tiny Forest City, Maine (Population: 5) and Forest City, New Brunswick. It’s fitting as Poitras is also the author of Imaginary Line: Life on an Unfinished Border, about our federations’ shared frontier.