In what I suppose we could call a tradition, if twice in four years a tradition makes, Comedy Central's "South Park" has again offered a special day-after-the-election episode. It accomplishes what, for a cartoon, seems a miraculously rapid integration of extremely recent events -- the winner of Tuesday's presidential race -- into the storyline. It is somewhat less miraculous than before, now that we've seen it done and know something more about Matt & Trey's Patented Six-Day Production Schedule®. But it's still a neat trick.
The 2008 post-election episode, "About Last Night," cast opponents Barack Obama and John McCain (along with Michelle Obama and Sarah Palin) as jewel thieves in cahoots and out to steal the Hope Diamond -- the election itself being just a clever ruse. It had little to do with politics, but it did include actual lines from Obama's victory speech and McCain's concession speech, delivered the evening before.
This year's episode, "Obama Wins!" which might have been titled "Obama Loses!" in a different timeline -- "Romney Wins!," seems less likely, as the challenger was not represented -- took the form of a conspiracy thriller. There was a little ambiguity built into the dialog and places where a scene might easily have been inserted to create an opposite effect, but the bulk of the story would have been set, having less to do with who won the election than the more pressing question of Fall 2012: what will happen to the "Star Wars" franchise now that Disney owns it