Whether he meant to or not, Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford has sent an ominous message about how the 2013 legislative session might end?
Weatherford tweeted today that the song and theme of the day is Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” While the Speaker may think he’s sending a positive, ‘half-full’ message to his members, this Sopranos fan can’t help but think that Weatherford may, like Sopranos show runner David Chase did with that show’s finale, leave us all wondering what the hell just happened when the session fades to black.
If you remember, “Don’t Stop Believing” was playing on the jukebox at the end of the Sopranos’ series finale (the episode was titled “Made in America”).
Our last look at Tony Soprano — the father, son, brother, and New Jersey gangster who fought, with cold ambivalence, a losing battle for his own soul over six seasons — came in the song’s final 30 seconds, right in the middle of Steve Perry’s second-to-last repeat of the chorus. After that … it all went black, cutting off “believin’.”
The genius of “Made in America” is that it exists slightly out of time, because it never really ended. As Perry sings, it goes on and on and on. Even now, there’s no definitive answer to “What happened to Tony Soprano?” and there probably never will be.
Will we not know what happened to Medicaid or elections and ethics reform or Rick Scott’s twin priorities of a pay raise for teachers and a tax break on manufacturing equipment purchases?
Is this what Weatherford has in mind for Sine Die? Not handkerchiefs dropping, but just a fade to black?
I guess we’ll just have to ‘hold on to that feelin’.
Material from Grantland was used in this post.