Hmm, maybe I should catch up on my sudden backlog of unwatched episodes of The Wire. Great entertainment, and a message depressing enough to suit tomorrow night's worst contingencies. (I've already seen season five, so as I've caught up on seasons one through four, I already know how things turn out for the wily and strangely charming Proposition Joe [Robert F. Chew, above]).
So, how do you plan to spend Election Night? Partly I'm curious, and partly I'm looking for guidance. I haven't figured it out for my own self yet, and time is getting short.
I suppose I could latch onto some liberal-symp group preparing to make whoopee. But I'm not so good in groups, especially groups of strangers.
And most of all, I'm consumed with secret terror about the outcome tomorrow.
Oh, I know all about the polls, and all the even more encouraging private polls. Of course I know logically that it should be a GOP rout. And yet, deep down, I don't know. I guess I'm so used to Election Day horror shows that my psyche naturally gravitates to scenarios whereby it all comes undone.
Remember, we were being told in 2004 that Kerry was gonna win.
And besides, I can't forget that:
(a) there are going to be a lot of really terrible Democrats among the winners,
(b) the Democratic congressional leadership has yet to show that, even if it gets substantially larger majorities, it holds any priority higher than showing Corporate America that it can be just as stoogelike as that other party they usually support,
(c) the problems facing President-elect Obama (I don't even want to think about the alternative) are so monumental that even if it turns out that I'm comfortable with his proposed solutions (not at all a sure thing given our ideological gap), can anyone cope with the wreckage)?, and, perhaps most worrying,
(d) the McCranky campaign's strident, even violent across-the-board rejection of every vestige of reality and decency has almost certainly hardened some 40-45 percent of the electorate into a blood-oath-sworn commitment to lies, delusion, ignorance, hatred, and obstruction -- is this country even going to be governable?
A good part of me just wants it to be over, one way or another. If it all goes well, there will be plenty of time to celebrate -- after taking some really deep breaths of relief. If all doesn't go well, well, won't that be easier to absorb in one crushing blow than to spread out the agony over an indefinite period? My even more distrustful friend Peter has applied this attitude as much as humanly possible toward the whole 2008 election process. He says just wake him when it's over, and he'll deal with whatever needs dealing with then. (Of course he hasn't been able to completely avoid news of what's going on. Still, I have to admire the ideal.)
When I talked to Howie about this yesterday (in the online era I've wound up spending a good part of a bunch of Election Nights IM-ing with him, but I would be up to even that this time around, and in any case he has commitments for tomorrow night), he asked when I would be likely to arrive home, and when I said that it couldn't be earlier than about 7, he pointed out that by then we may have a pretty good vision of what's happening. The Virginia results, for example, should tell us a lot.
I could go to my (sort of) second job, as I used to do on Tuesday nights before my schedule got upended. There is a TV in the office, but without cable. But I guess tomorrow night even the networks will be in Election Night mode by 7.
I thought maybe this would be a good night to shell out the $12 or whatever ransom they're asking these days to see a movie. I know if I go straight home at some point I'll give in to the temptation to sneak a peek at The Show. I noticed that BBC America is carrying the BBC's coverage -- that might be a way of giving the bloody thing a veneer of civilization.
My backup plan is: Suddenly I've got a backlog of unwatched episodes of The Wire stored up on my DVR, from BET's weirdly scheduled wee-hours rebroadcast. (The backlog is probably in part the result of my now having to spend two and a half hours each weeknight with Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, and Jon Stewart.) Maybe this is my chance to get caught up. The show is so amazingly well done that it's a treat to watch, depressing as the overall message is.
Hmm, a depressing overall message . . . I could be on the right track here.
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it's pundit time!! The pressure's on... only one day to go!
You might think, perhaps hope, that Republicans will engage in some soul-searching, that they’ll ask themselves whether and how they lost touch with the national mainstream. But my prediction is that this won’t happen any time soon.
Instead, the Republican rump, the party that’s left after the election, will be the party that attends Sarah Palin’s rallies, where crowds chant "Vote McCain, not Hussein!"
William Kristol: Hey, what if McCain wins? Let me show my compassionate side and worry about you liberals. We grown-ups will be just fine (pass the Jack Daniels.)
Mr Audette told Sky News: "We wanted to know if she knows anything about foreign relations and as you can hear, that is not the case."
The Palin camp issued a statement saying she was mildly amused to be targeted by the pranksters adding: "C'est La Vie."
If cartography is destiny, the landscape for McCain is bleak indeed.
Joe Conason: Obama's winning argument
A curiosity of this Presidential campaign has been the way former media idolaters of John McCain have suddenly turned on him. They now claim to be horrified by his choice of Sarah Palin, or by his ad hoc economic decision-making, or his TV ads, or something. Whom do they think they've been praising all these years?
Why Obama Is Competitive in Indiana
The Democrat made 48 stops in the state. McCain made just two.
Yet on the inside, Pennsylvania is far from its broad-brush portrayal as racist. It is not the color of the candidate; it is the culture he represents.
Say what you will, Obama's "spread the wealth" tongue-slip hit home here.
Most Pennsylvania Democrats who live outside of Philadelphia are very Midwestern in their values and their votes.
Yet Obama leads in the midwest in every poll. So what are you really saying?
Religious? Undecided? Read this post.©2008 Garling Gauge. All Rights Reserved..
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MARK KARLIN'S EDITOR'S BLOG
November 3, 2008
Due to GOP voter suppression, God can?t vote on November 4.
That?s right, because Republicans have implemented laws that require showing a driver?s license or the like in order to vote in many states, God would be turned away at the polls.Bookmark/Search this post with: buzzflash | delicious | digg | yahoo | technorati Technorati Tags: EditorBlog Falwell God Voter Suppression
With one day before the 2008 election, the Obama camp is avoiding black cats and tilting ladders.©2008 Garling Gauge. All Rights Reserved..
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Nobody knows if newspaper endorsements actually make a difference with voters. You can find arguments going both ways.
DemConWatch will be tracking the endorsements for each candidate up until election day. We will link to the endorsement story whenever possible.
As of 11/2, among the top 100 papers, Obama has been endorsed by papers with a circulation of 16.5 Million, McCain by papers with a circulation of 4.2 Million, and papers with a circulation of 3.2 Million have announced they will not be endorsing a candidate.
We have also list the top 100 newspapers by circulation who have not yet endorsed a candidate. (Rankings of newspapers which have endorsed in parenthesis.)
When we're able to we will add a (D) for papers that endorsed Kerry in 2004, an (R) for papers that endorsed Bush and an (N) for papers that did not endorse. If you know who a paper endorsed in 2004 please add it to the comments.
Feel free to let us know about any endorsements we don't list.
We will add any interesting articles we find regarding each endorsement as an asterisk.
And as always... you can comment on the lists and your feelings on who endorses whom.
And don't forget to check out our Senate Endorsement list.
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The level the Republicans will go to in order to deprive people of their right to vote is simply disgraceful. And I was greatly amused to see that, if the Republicans had their way, Joe the Plumber may very well have been one of the people who they denied the right to vote to.
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We’ve all heard or experienced the horror stories of hanging chads, electronic voting machines flipping votes, Diebolding, etc. etc. The Obama campaign produced a short video on how to use the voting machines in Philadelphia, and it’s worth viewing (and passing onto your friends, family, and neighbors), particularly if you’ve never used one of Philly’s electronic voting machines.
If you’re in Philly, and you step into the booth, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t know how to use the machine, regardless of who you plan to vote for. If you’re not in Philly, there are dozens of similar videos on YouTube for various areas of the country.
Bottom line: if you have any questions, or there’s something funky about the way the machine seems to be treating your selections, flag it - ask someone for help.
(Note to Phila. bloggers - if you want the code for embedding this video, drop me an email and I’ll send it to you.)
From the St. Petersburg Times via Greg Sargent:
About 30 minutes before John McCain is scheduled to lead a rally outside Raymond James Stadium, looks like maybe 1,000 people here. What's up with that? On the day before the election? Bush drew at least 15,000 people to a rally just across the street on the Sunday before the 04 election.
"We are the quiet majority that goes out and gets things done..I smell victory,'' said state Rep. Kevin Ambler. Good thing he smells it, because it's hard to see it with this crowd.
THE FIFTH COLUMNIST by P.M. Carpenter
What a disgrace. We dare people to vote. We whip them into a patriotic frenzy, urge them to execute their civic responsibility, and then throw up every conceivable obstacle.
In Florida last week folks lined up early in the morning at some polling centers, only to find that their particular center opened at 10 a.m., not 7 a.m., as in other parts of the state. Or maybe their traditional polling place wasn't accepting early votes at all. In Broward County, for instance, there are more than 300 voting stations, but only 17 opened their doors for early voting.
In Doral, Florida, Dana Fernandez was in the matutinal grips of her sixth attempt to do the right thing, when CNN caught up with her: "I came here five times this week during the day, and it was abso Bookmark/Search this post with: buzzflash | delicious | digg | yahoo | technorati Technorati Tags: P.M. Carpenter election day lines lawyers machines