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Dead Man Voting

One of my goals is to continue voting after I'm dead. You know the five things every man must do: Raise a child, write a book, build a house, plant a tree, and vote from beyond the grave.

This comes to mind because of news reports about polling irregularities, machines not working, polling places mysteriously relocating, election observers booted from precincts, wet ballots, strange people leaning over your shoulder saying, "Here, let me help you fill this out," and so on. It's hard to know what's fact, what's rumor, and what's stuff I am just making up on the fly, or to what extent any of this is part of a pattern (you know how "They" want to steal the election!), but perhaps we need to look at the idea of nationalizing our presidential elections in the same way we've nationalized Wall Street's stupidity.

This topic also comes to mind because I voted today. I enjoyed it immensely, largely because of the extreme and irrefutable righteousness of my vote.

But part of the pleasure came from the small-town feeling of the process. We vote in the small, antiquated field house of a neighborhood playground. There is some electioneering at the end of the sidewalk, but then you just walk up the gentle slope to the old brick structure where, inside, years earlier, my ankle-biter progeny played basketball on a tiny court with 8-foot baskets.

Voting is so easy, so painless, it's hard to imagine that you couldn't do it more than once. You go to a table, talk to a nice volunteer, sign a ledger (no ID required -- but you will be asked to state your address), get a slip of paper, and go to another table where a helpful volunteer asks "Paper or electronic?" I didn't know the right answer, but she pointed out that there was a line for the touch-screen machines. So I went with paper.

I took my seat at a desk, where a sharpened pencil waited. You vote by drawing a line connecting the tips of two arrows that point to one another.

All done, you go over to another place in the room and feed your paper ballot into the maw of a scanner. I like to think that the way I fed my ballot to the machine showed great conviction and a certain élan. Indeed, I think it was a highlight-reel vote, worthy of ESPN. A slam-dunk vote!

Hopefully all these votes will count and the authorities will have no trouble, across the country, deciding who really won these elections today. But you have to have a lot of faith in these small-town processes. You have to have faith in the states to handle it right. The worst-case scenario would be that, through poorly designed ballots, voter confusion and voter intimidation, a presidential candidate would win the Electoral Votes of a state despite coming in second -- and then, through that single state's fiasco, win the presidency. It would be a dark day if that ever happened in our great country.

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 4, 2008; 4:33 PM ET
 
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I voted. Feels relieved.

Posted by: daiwanlan123 | November 4, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

You went with paper? The 'lectronic ones are more fun because of the glowing lights. You know, the ones with the subliminal messages from your secret world government.

That's what I heard.

Still, nothing compares to those old mechanical voting machines. You know, the ones where you needed both hands and a crowbar to push down the levers. Gosh darn it, when you were done with that you *knew* you had voted.

Well, soon it will all be over but the shouting. Although who will be shouting and what will be shouted still needs to be determined. I refuse to believe any predictions. The voting is what counts. I will remain anxious until I actually hear McCain concede and have his voice confirmed via advanced linguistic forensics.


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Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 4, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

RD, :-)

Reposted from the very bottom of the last kit:

astromom, as lovely as Lawrence is, I'm sure you'll understand why I mentally root for K State or whoever's playing Kansas (my ex is a rabid Hawk). :-)

Voting report: In my section of the Philly 'burbs there are lots of polling places. No real line, but for the first time I saw other voters before and after me, including my plumber and my elderly next-door neighbors, all of whom voted in an inauspicious manner (I assume, from the pamphlets they were carrying).

I wonder why such a small parcel of the city, with lots of retired people who can vote all day, got 4 voting machines. 2 would have been adequate and yielded only short lines. 1 probably would have been just fine.

There haven't been many yardsigns here except for a young senatorial candidate. Outside the polling center, there were many candidate advocates, including 2 union guys who gave me a paper doorhanger and a large, very nice Obama/Biden button (I'll send them to you next week, dmd). The union sent people out to many polling places and was keeping them supplied with coffee and meals throughout the day.

Main points, nice organization on the part of the Democratic candidates, both local and national, and lots of people voting. I'll take it personally if PA goes for McC/P.

Posted by: -dbG- | November 4, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

The Boy accompanied me as I exulted in my ability to vote. It was great fun. There was no line, but clearly there had been lines earlier and I suspect will be later. I was voter number 601, a truly outlandish number for our tiny precinct. The other half of the room held the adjoining rural precinct which usually has, as far as I can tell, about twenty voters. There were more than twenty people there while we were there alone! Hee hee. Democracy in action.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 4, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Voting while dead? Is that the ultimate absentee ballot?

I'm glad this wasn't my polling place:http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/politics/High_turnout_few_problems_in_Philly_says_watchdog.html

Posted by: -dbG- | November 4, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I had to produce a picture ID card to get my ballot. Interesting how requirements vary so much across the states. We don't have electronic voting (or maybe we do and I just didn't see it) so I had a paper ballot. We didn't have to draw lines but rather color in the rectangle next to the candidate we wanted and the yes or no for the ballot initiatives. I got to feed my ballot into a scanner too, it was very satisfying!

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | November 4, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

4 kits in a day; even the Boss is on pins and needles.

Shocking! An American as the Dominion Carillonnneur! I thought the Constitution made sure only natural born Canadian could be named Dominion Carillonneur. What's next?
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=9a89c458-31d9-4f8c-9d75-6f424e8a6be9

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 4, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Earlier, someone asked if international observers monitored our election.

NPR reports internatiional monitors from European Union and some other outfit are deployed in 40 states.

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

THANK GOD, Braguine. Let's hope they get to observe the process fully.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 4, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

What time do the polls close where you are? A roll call of sorts. Ours close at 6:00 p.m. HST but if you're in line at 6:00 p.m. you still get to vote even if you don't get into the booth until after that.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | November 4, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Ours close at 7 pm. If you are physically in line (not just in the parking lot) at 7 you will get to vote. For early voting they counted people still in the parking lot in their cars, too.

I love the idea of Dead Man Voting. I used to disturb League of Women Voters members with my slogan, vote early and often.

Joel is throwing Kits around like confetti.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 4, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

VA, 7 PM EST; DC, 8 PM EST.

So far that's all I know.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 4, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Given how the Democrats still complain about Florida in 2000, you'd think they would have been all the more keen to maintain a high level of vigilance for voter fraud. But I have to give them credit - completely going the other direction and actually enlisting Obama's long time ally ACORN (on whose behalf he sued banks to lower their lending standards in what totally didn't contribute directly to our current financial crisis) to just flat out register even imaginary people to vote for Obama. If Obama does win, you can rest easy knowing that his policies and charisma were so amazing that you still had to cheat like Spainards to even give him a shot. Congratulations *very slow clapping*.

Posted by: zippyspeed | November 4, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Polls opened at 7:00 in Minnesota, will close at 8:00PM CST. Precincts with fewer than 400 voters can vote by mail, and I think all eligible areas did this year. Ballots arrived in the homes of eligible voters about 14 days ago. By 2012 mail in will be allowed in all precincts with fewer than 1,000 voters. People who have not registered, but live in a mail-in precinct can still go to their county office and register/vote same day. The MN secretary of state predicts 80% turnout, the highest since we hit 83% in '56.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 4, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

SCC-ballots are sent to registered voters, not all eligible. How would they know?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 4, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Sacrasm, alas, is not an adequate exchange for an actual grasp of the facts.

But well tried.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 4, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

It's always been a bummer for us out here when the polls close on the mainland and the first printouts start coming out. By the time our polls close many states have their third printouts and winners are being called out before we've even started to count our ballots. That was a huge factor in our poor voter turnouts in the past. I think this year it will be different thanks to Obama running for POTUS and for a hotly contested Mayor's race along with a controversial ballot initiative on rail transit on Oahu.

I will anxiously be waiting on tonight's results.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | November 4, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

NPR reports Carl Rowe predicts Obama Victory

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

In Colorado (yay, we're a battleground state), our polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm. I'm not sure what the law says about being on line when the polls close, but I assume that we'll let them vote. We also have had early voting over the past two weeks (I took that option) and it seems to have gone pretty smoothly.

Posted by: Robert_B1 | November 4, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Annex Iceland.

Posted by: Boko999 | November 4, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Mr. zippyspeed, If Obama wins you can blame media bias, identity politics, the allure of Fancy Talk and many other factors. But ACORN is a stupid thing to blame.

ACORN has been accused of facilitating voter *registration* fraud. No credible mechanism for this to lead to significant fraudulent *voting* has ever been postulated.

Further, voter fraud is only plausible when the outcome is unexpected. An Obama victory would be consistent with polls, endorsements, and pundit expectations. It is the expected outcome.

In other words, what should make people worry about fraud is if Obama loses, not if he wins.


Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 4, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Listening to people who have just voted. The ones who say they voted for McCain sound uptight.

Whatever that means--has anyone else noticed this?

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

On the off-chance that you aren't completely deaf to reason, zippyspeed -- ACORN has made the point that they are required by law to turn in every registration document that they receive. Otherwise, and I'm sure you are sufficiently conspiracy-minded to admit this, they might succumb to the temptation to quietly dispose of Republican registrations. They, themselves, set aside those registrations that they consider "problematic" and bring them to the attention of elections officials. Since these were paid workers who were supposed to be getting registrations, ACORN is the injured party, since they paid these people to do a job that they did not do. No one, including your bunch, has cited any evidence that registrations obtained by ACORN in prior elections were employed in systematic voter fraud.

Posted by: ScienceTim | November 4, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

In Oregon we do all voting by mail. Ballots came out 14 days ago. To be counted they must be post marked by 8:00 PM tonight. We also have the option of dropping off our ballot at a local election center and many libraries any time before 8:00 PM tonight. Last night the news showed lots of volunteers opening the envelopes and stacking up the ballots getting ready to scan tonight. The paper reported a line of cars a third of a mile long waiting to drop off ballots at the election center in Medford. We dropped off ours last week.

Posted by: bh71 | November 4, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

MiddleofthePacific - when I used to live on the west coast I often felt that we were left out of the excitement, yielding lower turnout. I remember in 1980 Carter actually ceded before the west coast polls were closed.

On the other hand, on the west coast you traditionally have known how an election is going without having to stay up late.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 4, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Braguine,

Given the polls (not that I trust them all that much) and the general state of the American economy (the blame for which is being laid, rightly or wrongly, at the feet of the GOP), I'd say that the concern you're sensing is worry. The McCain voters are understandably concerned that their candidate isn't going to win.

Posted by: Robert_B1 | November 4, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Howdy, RobertB1! Please stick around and give us Colorado updates as you get them. Just follow the Boodle through what I'm sure will be more Kits. Whereabouts in Colorado, roughly? My family has spent a lot of time in Durango and similar parts, over the last few decades.

Brag, since McCain is predicted to win Oklahoma, only some of his voters here have faced reality enough to sound defensive. The rest are pretty chipper. The Obama voters (more, I think, than predicted) believe this is because fundamentally those folks are deluded. Or delusional.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 4, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom --

I'll do my best to keep you all updated. I live in Loveland and work in Fort Collins, which are about an hour north of Denver (Larimer County).

Personally, I'm hoping we'll be giving Marilyn Muskrat her walking papers by the end of the night...

Posted by: Robert_B1 | November 4, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Boy -- all these "new kits all the time" are making me a little light-headed. Kinda hard to keep up, you know?

I'm gonna go nuke something for dinner and then settle in on the sofa in front of the telly and watch all the flashing colors and changing maps (*wow* *cool* *groovy* (ok, maybe the last one is a little old in the tooth, but c'mon everyone) and exulting in this -- the absolute best and most exciting election I've ever been a participant in.

Just got off the phone with a friend/colleague in London, who is as excited as we all are (well, most of us) about Obama. He said that Europe is on tenterhooks with absolute glee in the prospect of Obama's incipient victory. And, true to form, I'll bet you any money (well, mostly) that not only does he already have his transition in place and running in background, he's got his first 100 days planned out and his cabinet signed up and vetted, all ready for going before the Senate for approval. This guy's gonna hit the ground running. It's a joy to be on his team.

Exult with you later.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | November 4, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Hi Robert_B1. I'd like to live in a place called Loveland, I think.

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Hi Robert_B1! For historical reasons we in the boodle are very suspicious of groundhogs. So I hope you keep an eye on them as well.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 4, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Yoki,

It sounds good, sure. And it is a nice place, overall. My wife likens it to Tyson's Corner in NoVA before the "mall boom"... :)

Posted by: Robert_B1 | November 4, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

RD Padouk --

I'm not sure I understand your comment. We tend to have problems with prairie dogs out here in the West, not groundhogs... :)

Posted by: Robert_B1 | November 4, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh, firsttimeblogger, you said it so well. Exult, indeed! I have to be verry careful about how *I* exult. I'm glad I have you folks around to exult with!

Presentation went well, boodle mojo comes through again. Going to dinner shortly, then will come back and be glued to media for a least part of the night. I don't know if I'll last till somebody reaches 270 EV.

Posted by: slyness | November 4, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

slyness,

I'm not sure I'll last either. Because of the popularity of early voting in Colorado, they aren't expecting a full vote count until well into Wednesday morning. I hope they can call the election early; I have to get up at 5:00 am... :)

Posted by: Robert_B1 | November 4, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Front Page Alert, BTW...

Voting was quick, relatively painless, and no fuss with the touch screen. I'll miss it next year, I think.

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Error Flynn, god rest his soul as he runs for president in Heaven (Error in '08!) had a longstanding feud with the groundhogs in his property, out in Ohio.


That said, prairie dogs are just puny, more social groundhogs. Give them no quarter, Robert B1 ;).

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 4, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Robert_B1 - I apologize most profusely! You are right. I get them mixed up sometimes.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 4, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

There are three people at my polling place with my last name. I had to give my first name, address and date of birth. My wife has a name that is gender neutral and I know both her address and date of birth, so I could have gotten back in line and voted for her.

I did have to sign the receipt that someone else collected when he showed me to the booth with my hotel key security card. I was very unsatisfied with experience of watching a screen just say "Your vote has been counted." Like I'm going to believe that. Then the guy collects my hotel key and throws it into the bin to be reused. Just gets me nervous.

Long before 2000, I voted in Palm Beach County with the butterfly ballot. There was a sense of accomplishment in punching the chad out with a little bulletin board pin type thing. But the resulting ballot which was just a computer card with a bunch of holes in it made me think the whole process hadn't progressed much since Kathleen Turner starred in "Desk Set".

Posted by: yellojkt | November 4, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod Gnome,

The trouble with declaring no quarter on the prairie dogs is that they come with a secret weapon: the bubonic plague. Unless I'm allowed to exercise the nuclear option, I'm not going anywhere near the little buggers...

Posted by: Robert_B1 | November 4, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Hello there, my Imaginary Friends - My ability to concentrate on anything today aside from the pins and needles I'm sitting on is nonexistent. I've been up since 5 am, was through the voting line by 6:20, and absolutely hate waiting countless hours for the returns to start being posted.

I just got back from the UK last week where I was practically mobbed by strangers every time I opened my mouth (exposing my American accent.) EVERYONE wanted to talk about the election (and I thought I was getting away from Washington politics!!! Ha!) I had many interesting and enlightening conversations with everyone from pub landlords to taxi drivers to rock stars (!!!) and everyone in between. The world is watching, and the world is placing its hope in Obama.

~piXel

Posted by: lynnerags | November 4, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

PiXil! Welcome home. You've been gone a long time.

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

SCC: Katherine Hepburn starred in 'Desk Set'. Kathleen Turner starred in 'Body Heat' which was filmed in Palm Beach County (on the Lake Worth pier to be exact). Which explains my little sub-Freudian slip. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 4, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Rock stars? Do tell!

Posted by: ScienceTim | November 4, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

If the kids vote reported from 3 schools is any indication, it's Obama in a landslide in Indian Country. But, talk about a minority vote that is generally ignored.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 4, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey, there's a limerick contest over at PostPartisan:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2008/11/tell-the-campaign-in-a-limeric.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

And what's with all this kit litter? And I missed one with my hometown in it?! Boo :-(and I still don't like the name "Mumbai").

Posted by: DNA_Girl | November 4, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

//Error Flynn, god rest his soul as he runs for president in Heaven (Error in '08!) had a longstanding feud with the groundhogs in his property, out in Ohio.//

New Jersey! (It's bad enough) :-)

Posted by: -dbG- | November 4, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Checking back in. What! No new kit yet?
Still a little over two hours until Virgina reports.

Posted by: bh71 | November 4, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I prefer Bombay too, DNA girl, and so does Bollywood.

(Mullywood just sounds more like a nekkid girl parlor out in NASCAR country.)

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 4, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Mullywood and NASCAR? More like the evil alien fusion of DNA from Scully and Mulder, I should think.

Posted by: ScienceTim | November 4, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

The American hunter has found a solution to Prairie dogs a long time ago; the long range varmint rifle. 22-250 or .220 Swift anyone?

Let's just say that McCain should avoid the fivethirtyeight site tonight. It will not be his day.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 4, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

You haven't seen all the mullys at a NASCAR event, SciTim.

(Neither have I, but nevermind.)

However your suggestion for the genesis of mullies is quite interesting.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 4, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Just finished my version of a nuked dinner (boiled chicken and rice).

Assuming my post outside bunker as the boodle mobilises and spreads its tentacles across the country and the Atlantic.

(having the occasional snort in the Bunker Bar)

NPR promises hints of how things are going starting 7PM.

Brag

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

SD: " 22-250 or .220 Swift anyone?"

(Note: Ammo and Elmer Fudd not included)

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 4, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

4 minutes left to 7PM. Boodlers check in ready for action. Dawn Patrol, night Patrol, Bar Watch and all other departments.

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Brag,

I just heard that NPR isn't calling states until the polls close in those states. That means that we'll start hearing things starting at 7 pm, but that they'll probably be waiting for a while for some states.

God, I hope we don't "pull a Florida" this year. The last thing we need is more bitter conflict...

Posted by: Robert_B1 | November 4, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Save me a spot at the bar, brag. I've been emotional all day, and tonight's events aren't going to help any, one way or the other.

Oh, it's snowing! Yipeeeeeee! Now, where are those planks and boots?

I'm sure snow means good things for Obama.

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Bunch of polls already closed!

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Robert_B1, I sure hope you stick around after the election and contribute to the Boodle.

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

CNN -Vermont - Obama
Kentucky - McCain

No surprises there.

Yoki we had a very warm sunny day - another good sign.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 4, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

They breed a particularly uppity marmot (prairie dog, woodchuck, what have you) in Rocky Mountain National Park. Miles from the nearest trail, where presumably it hadn't been exposed to lots & lots of human company, one got downright belligerent with me when I demanded that it give me my jacket back.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 4, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Indiana early returns indicate close race

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

cnn called

Vermont for Obama

Kentucky for McCain

no surprise yet, but Indiana is close which is a good sign.

Posted by: astromom | November 4, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Marmots, prairie dogs, muskrats, they're all so darn cute. I know they can be regular vermin when around in too great a number but they are still very, very, cute.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 4, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

No four letters world Yoki, please. It's supposed to go up to 18C/64F tomorrow and it's the way I like my November days.

There are some Indiana partial results on 538 that are looking darn good for that brown fellah. 15-20 percentage points over Kerry's results back in 2004 looks typical.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 4, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Actually, probably NOT prairie dog. Marmot, woodchuck, & groundhog are approximately interchangeable. I think prairie dogs are a bit different.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 4, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I left work early and it only took me about five minutes to vote. There were more support personnel in my voting place than I have ever seen in the 25 years I have voted there. A lot of people voted but they were able to move them through the system.

I voted on a paper ballot that was scanned. First time for that. Like RD, I miss those old mechanical machines we used to have in Virginia. You hit that lever and, dammit, it really felt like you voted.

Posted by: -pj- | November 4, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Marmots! Thanks for reminding me of them, Bob. Error Flynn no doubt, has this experience.

The Heaven of Animals

Here they are. The soft eyes open.
If they have lived in a wood
It is a wood.
If they have lived on plains it is grass rolling
Under their feet forever.

Having no souls, they have come,
Anyway, beyond their knowing.
Their instincts wholly bloom
And they rise.
The soft eyes open.

To match them, the landscape flowers,
Outdoing, desperately
Outdoing what is required:
The richest wood,
The deepest field.

For some of these, it could not be the place
It is, without blood.
These hunt, as they have done,
But with claws and teeth grown perfect,

More deadly than they can believe.
They stalk more silently,
And crouch on the limbs of trees,
And their descent
Upon the bright backs of their prey

May take years
In a sovereign floating of joy.
And those that are hunted
Know this as their life,
Their reward: to walk

Under such trees in full knowledge
Of what is in glory above them,
And to feel no fear,
But acceptance, compliance.
Fulfilling themselves without pain

At the cycle's center,
They tremble, they walk
Under the tree,
They fall, they are torn,
They rise, they walk again.

-- James Dickey

----
About to settle in for the duration. May the analysis begin; not sure that fashion commentary will occur. However, I may have something to say about broadcaster framer, color combinations, animated thingies like:

DECISION 08
AMERICA VOTES
Election Center
Situation Room

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

While we wait for result I will share a November sight, this month is normally very grey here, today was spectacular, blue blue skies, still some gorgeous foliage. I walked on a path by the lake today, the lake was dead calm and it was difficult to distinguish the sky colour from the water colour. Between two trees one a red oak and one a brillian yellow gold maple I spotted a woman in a recreational scull gliding across the smooth water - just a great sight.

Now I will go back to be watching the numbers come in.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 4, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Yes, prairie dogs are gophers and they are much smaller, burrow, and have an advanced society-- with tons of fleas.

Woodchucks aka marmots are huge for rodents, more asocial... kind of like the bears of rodents.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 4, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Hi, bh! And Pixel! Glad you followed the bread crumbs back to us.

Listened to the BBC on the drive home - they talked about how Obama "skuppered" Hillary Clinton's plans, and used other phrases that tickled me but that I can't remember now. Almost too nervous to check out the TV...ooh, especially with Pat Buchanan blabbing...

I voted weeks ago, absentee. I sort of miss going to the church to vote, but there was never anyone there when I did. The parking lot was full when I drove by this morning, but no line. It's reprehensible that there are long lines, really!

Posted by: seasea | November 4, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

But shrieking, I *love* snow. Cold is the four letter word.

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I know the feeling pj, the scanned vote feels like feeding your ballot in the shredder.
I found the experience highly disturbing in our last municipal election.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 4, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

bobswell --

I live about an hour away from RMNP and, yes, the wildlife can be darn uppity. And they were thinking about reintroducing wolves to control the elk population...

Posted by: Robert_B1 | November 4, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

They called KY for McCain with only 11% reporting?

I understand a 8% advantage is normally enough to call it, but that seems early, I'd have waited for 25% at least.

I'm WAITING for the actual results.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 4, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Kentucky projected to go McCain

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Wolf is speaking to a holographic image of a reporter - just weird.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 4, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

BTW, WaPo regular EJ Dionne is commenting on NPR as we speak (post?)...

Posted by: Robert_B1 | November 4, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Scuppered is the typical spelling, seasea, but that is some great color commentary, I agree.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 4, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Apropos of Indiana, I just explained to the Boy that a projection with 10% of the vote in is essentially meaningless.

Thanks for the pome, college parkian.

Since we've veered off Kit slightly into vermin, any Boodler or newcomers (howdy again!) have any suggestions on how to discourage a skunk? I have a little 'un that seems to have settled here near the house. I'm going to cut off its source of food (uneaten dog food) and make a trail of tasty dog food leading far away. Think it'll work?

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 4, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I thought she was just a very shimmery woman until you said that, dmd

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

NPR has a good map here:
http://www.npr.org/#/president?view=race08
as well as commentary from Oliphant about which counties to watch. He also advises tracking things on the laptop with the radio on, and ignoring the TV. Works for me, particularly now while still at work with no TV.

NPR just called the VA senate race for Warner, as expected.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 4, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking forward to seeing which way NC jumps. If Obama can take that state, then the game has truly changed.

Also, NPR just called the VA Senate race. It looks like Mark Warner is heading to Washington!

Posted by: Robert_B1 | November 4, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Well Yoki, last week we got snow AND cold.
I wasn't ready for neither.
Technically, Prairie dogs are ground squirrels, not marmot nor groundhogs.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 4, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Hologram, dmd -- ickky and not even digital-sexiy...just stuuuupid.

Ivansmom -- dried blood. Lots of it. Also, tie old nylons filled with shavings from Irish Spring soap.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

NPR projects Obama win in Vermont, McCain in Kentucky

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Worth a try, especially cutting off the food supply and enticing it yonder.

Some advanced tips, including making sure of skunk residences:

http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/FreePubs/pdfs/uh101.pdf

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 4, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Don't feed the skunk Ivansmom. Harass them, from a distance. Flood their place of resting. Floodlight them in their feeding activity. Throw sticks at them. Harangue them even. A skunk-aware dog (like the ancient black lab) is precious in those circumstances. A skunk-ignorant dog (like the VLP) is a major liability.

Hint: do not under any circumstances double-barreled them under a porch with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 4, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

First time ever I was asked for a picture i.d. to vote, and I've voted just about forever in 3 states. She was evasive when I asked why.

Dot1 just called from London. They went to the election party at the embassy, then they left -- too hot, and too, too crowded. It amused her that they had American fast food joints in the basement.

Posted by: rickoshea0 | November 4, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Virginia, Obama leads

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

From the NPR coverage, it sounds like Virginia may be going blue, especially since the Republican strongholds in SoVA weren't as red as usual. It looks like my sister-in-law might have done some good in my old home state... :)

Posted by: Robert_B1 | November 4, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

CNN has McCain ahead in Virginia

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Very interesting in Indiana as well - Obama doing well.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 4, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Hee hee hee!

Elizabeth Dole might be on her way out! Serves her right for putting out with that hatchet-job religious ad...

Posted by: Robert_B1 | November 4, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Good Map on MSNBC you can click on the state to see county results - note the areas where the vote is in in Virginia - all Republican areas.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/

Posted by: dmd2 | November 4, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

That's a nice way of putting it, shrieking. It does feel like you are putting your ballot in a shredder.

Cool to see you again, Pixel!

Posted by: -pj- | November 4, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey, is anyone paying attention to Fox News? I'd love to hear how they're spinning some of the reports...

Posted by: Robert_B1 | November 4, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

The Socialist Republic of Vermont went for Obama, good to see that. What's funny is that northern Vermont is very attuned to Canada, and Montreal in particular as it is so close and the francos of Vermont like to watch their TV in French. But they are the most conservative people in Vermont and vote Republican without a fail. So northern Vermont is Alabama in French and the flatplainers of Vermont are French communists speaking English. Democracy is a good but fickle thing.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 4, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Boodle. Voted at 4:45, no waiting. But I asked a poll worker how turnout had been, and she said it was about double the norm. Very encouraging. This region is so blue it ain't funny, so the more the merrier.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 4, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Not a chance in this household, RB1

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Let's get this party started, 'mudge.

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Brag is present on the front line and the Bunker Bar (do I get double duty pay?)

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

NPR.org just had Obama pass McCain in the popular vote.

Posted by: Robert_B1 | November 4, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Robert_B1 - Well, I've turned it on. I'll let you know if I hear anything interesting. It occurs to me that I've never intentionally tuned into Fox News before. I wasn't sure where it was located on the channel list. (I've stopped on it as I flipped through the channels before, and watched a reasonable amount of internet-provided Fox content. I've just never sought it out before.)

Posted by: bobsewell | November 4, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, cp, wilbrod & shrieking. Nylons w/Irish Spring? Is this to lure them away or what?
Shrieking, have not yet pinpointed residence. Light does not deter it for long. Since skunk is right next to house, don't want to annoy it too vigorously. Dog barks at skunk when it goes near food dish, might not bark at it if no food involved. Dog has no sense. Hoping if food supply cut off and only apparent hope of food away from house, skunk will leave.

Soon will leave for rehearsal. Either will see y'all later or switch over to the Boy.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 4, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

How do you call a state when the winner is currently losing in the vote that has been counted?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25380665

Posted by: dmd2 | November 4, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I like CNN's history screen

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

dmd2 - Yup, that's a puzzler. If it isn't an error in the data presentation, then I suppose (theoretically) that it could because their poll data indicates that the remaining areas will break sufficiently heavily for McCain that they consider it a done deal, but it sure looks wacky.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 4, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Yoki,
At the moment we're seeing the smoke of war. In the next 15 minutes we will start getting more trend showing news

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

CNN calls eight states for Obama, two for McCain

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

9 States for obama, including Prnna

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey does anyone want to play in the limerick contest?

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2008/11/tell-the-campaign-in-a-limeric.html

I'm working with something RD and Achaiku posted a while ago. Anyone want to refine it? We could post it from the boodle, if it is worthy?

All polls are predicting a rout
and though such data are often in doubt
snapshots make great statistic
when the world goes ergodic
ergo dicks will tonight be thrown out

Posted by: DNA_Girl | November 4, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Hm, no CNN call in NH yet -- sort of a surprise since the rest of New England is called.

Unsurprising that CNN hasn't called Penn. yet.

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

You have to have resolve Ivansmom to deter the skunk. They have evolved into a pretty good suburbanite. Up here they hibernate between say late November to March. One year we had heavy rains between Christmas and new Year and a Momma Skunk and her brood got flooded out of their den. They were so cute out there parading back and forth in the street that I had to be the hard a$$ facing the rest of the family and denied them entry to the Denizen's property by showing them the dog (the old guy) and making them uncomfortable altogether (throwing dust bin covers and sticks too).
Good luck in your endeavours and be heartless.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 4, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Illinois for Obama

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Somebody get Wolf a new tongue... It's only 8 and he's babbling already!

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Ivan'smom, Irish S soap is all- purpose people smell that most animals do not like. Blood bothers most mammals.


Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

dmd-thanks for the heads up on the MSNBC county feature. Reassured by the VA returns thus far. The fake VA counties haven't even come in yet and Obama is close.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 4, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Pixel!! How ya been, scuba gal?

Right on, Yoki. Let's light this candle. FYI, everybody, NBC is calling states sooner than CNN. They just gave Obama Pennsylvania and all of New England, show him leading in Florida.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 4, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

WaPo also calling VA senate for Warner.

That CNN Magic Wall is freaky...

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom! How abut a airhorn siren? SD, weigh in on that?

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

On the other hand Ivansmom I love blood pudding but I hate Irish Spring. I'm an animal, the semi-thinking type, i.e. the the guy ype.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 4, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Pixel!!!!! BPH tomorrow, usual time & place!!! :-)

Boston Globe reports Kerry re-elected to Senate (shocker!)

When CNN cut to Phoenix, the boys' choir in the background had a somewhat dirgelike tone on first blush. *shrug*

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom-remove the dog food, and block entrance to any possible homes like under a porch etc. Jacque T. Skunk moved on as soon as we blocked entry to the front porch and his access to cat food. Then again, he moved out of the nearby woods during the middle of an afternoon and I never saw him again. I remember thinking then that I didn't want to meet up with whatever convinced a skunk to abandon his home during the day.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 4, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Airhorn will scare them the first time around, I don't know about lasting effect. I've used fireworks type products to some effect to expel skunks from hibernating dens. It wakes them up and get them on the run all right. But the products of combustions were nasty, sulphur dioxide-like. It could be toxic in enclosed spaces.
But those were entrenched-in skunks, ready to spend the winter under the daycare center porch. Plain multi-approach harassing should be enough in your case, hopefully. The dog should be enough deterrent, really.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 4, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Who are you, who are so wise in the ways of varmints?

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

NPR just called the NC Senate race for Hagan. Chalk up another Senate seat for the Dems!

Posted by: Robert_B1 | November 4, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

NYT reporting Obama ahead in Fairfax & Alexandria...

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I posted a question today
at 8.02 pm--do you want to play?
In the contest for a limerick
my effort clearly didn't stick
Now I'm just going to go slink away

Posted by: DNA_Girl | November 4, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Libby Dole is toast!! CBS calling it for Hagen in NC.

Also, Sununu (R) loses in New Hampshiire.

CNN magic wall indicating McC underperforming by 10 to 15 percent compared to Bush in 04, and Obama running 10-15 points ahead of kerry, even in counties he's not gonna win. So the iundication is that when Obama's regions report in, he could win Florida and Indiana. And if Indiana falls before Ohio reports, that's the ballgame-- it's over.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 4, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Fox calls NH for Obama!!! (via NYT)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Sorry DNA_Girl, engelmann told us about that earlier today, and I popped in for a bit, but I've bigger things on my mind. Any other day, I'll limerick and double-dactyl with you to your heart's content.

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

NPR, NH strongly in Obama territory

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

If that happens, 'mudge, we may all be able to listen to a great historical acceptance speech and still get a good few winks tonight.

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, I got sprayed 2 times full-on. 2-3 times I was inside the fog of war. I got 4 dogs sprayed what, 8-9 times? I will not speak of the liquid skunk I shoveled in a plastic bag. Shudder.
I also worked alongside an unlucky student on the City of Ottawa's skunk patrol. Unlike most cities, Ottawa considers skunks domestic pest an deals with them. They have a skunk truck, skunk cages and a skunk patrol. Very smelly business that. A virtual thiol fest.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 4, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

NPR, NH strongly in Obama territory

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, he's the Quebecois Davy Crockett... a voyageur d'aujourduhoi.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 4, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

NPR, NH strongly in Obama territory

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

dmd, exit polls - at least that's what Jeff Toobin said. SC was no surprise for McCain. It makes me nervous when they call states so early - sure hope they're right about PA. And keep voting out west!!! (I've had half a glass of shiraz to calm down. Apparently I need more.)

Posted by: seasea | November 4, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

DNA Girl - Well, we discussed the possibility a Kit or two back. Personally, my talent for poesy is notable primarily for its lack. So, while occasionally I'll cobble something together, I'm not really a bird of that particular feather.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 4, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

'Tis true that tonight's very big
rhymes seem silly like lipstick on a pig
So I'll let all that go
and just watch the show
Sure that the final call we will all dig!

Posted by: DNA_Girl | November 4, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Whew! Boodle went white for a sec...

CNN joins the rest in calling NH for Obama... Showing Hagan ahead in NC, McConnell struggling in KY.

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

Settling in to watch election results.

Can't talk much at the moment, as any mention of Irish Spring soap makes my brain lock up. That stuff tastes terrible.

And my Mom made me eat *plenty* of it.

[bc makes a 'Mr. Yuk' face and shakes his head at the memories]

bc

Posted by: -bc- | November 4, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Your Mama is a wise woman bc, your mouth must have been in the dire need of a washing.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 4, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, DNAGal....grading papers and watching returns, so no poetry-pipe-fitting for me. Love your stuff.

SD -- skunk patrol leader. Me? infantry point.....have the tomato bath history to prove it. Cans of V8 juice, actually.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Yup, Scottty, CBS called New Hampshire for Obama, too.

There's reports that half a million people have gathered in the park in Chicago where Obama is going to give his speech tonight. This is the park where the police riots were during the '68 convention, I swear, I know I'm not gonna be able to keep it together when they cut to that scene tonnight.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 4, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

CNN calling PA for Obama!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

PA and the groundhogs GO BAMA!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Error,

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

BC--try not to chew on Irish Spring. Try a ham omellette for breakfast

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Just came in from a 45 minute walk to see MSNBC saying McCain ahead by 11% in VA...I understand about the unevenness of precincts reporting but it nearly killed me. I am really going to take it personally if VA goes for....AAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCKKKKKKK!

It lifts my spirits immeasurably to hear that Liddy Dole went down. Now if only McConnell would lose!

Posted by: Kim1 | November 4, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Error did it! Awesome. It really was Error in '08.

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

By the time we got to Grant Park
We were half a million strong
And everywhere there was song and celebration
And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky
And they were turning into butterflies
Above our nation
We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devils bargain
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

Posted by: bobsewell | November 4, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Hello!!

This is a historic day. I am so glad I took the Boodle's advice and worked the polls.

Here is my summary of the day

I got to my polling place at 4:55 to set up, and there were people lining up at the door already. Between 6 and 10 we had non-stop crowds. After that, things slowed down to a mere trickle. After all, by that point, taking absentees into account, about 78% of the registered voters were done. By the end of the day, we had about 83% turnout.

We were one of the places having water problems. People with wet clothes picked up their ballots and held them too closely. The optical scanner would not accept damp ballots and eventually jammed. We had LONG lines while the technician came to take care of it. It made me very uncomfortable that people had to drop voted ballots in a box for someone to feed into the scanner later in the day. I fretted about it all day and watched the feeding like a hawk, making sure no ballots were left out.

In the end, it didn't matter. That precinct is overwhelmingly Republican.

We only had one nutcase come in and DEMAND a punch card. "I'm not filling this out with a pen! Someone will white it out and give Obama my Christian vote!" Idiot.

Posted by: abeac1 | November 4, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

yeah, it's a classic, like Hamlet

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Bob S, thanks for pointing me to the way back
Busy day...I just began to back track
I saw SofC's efforts there
funny poetry in the air
and laughter did my ribs wrack

Posted by: DNA_Girl | November 4, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Hang on, Kim, Virginia is still in play. Disregard that 11% -- it's just an early number. Means nothing.

I'm really excited about Indiana, which wasn't seriously in play until today. Now it could be the sleeper/giant killer.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 4, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

CNN calling Hagan the winner in NC Senate!

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

NYT calling NH Senate race for Shaheen...

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

O, Yoki

The universe is kind
To keep him in mind!
Punxatawny Phil
Gives a blue-ish thrill
And we, boodlers all
"Hear" Error after all

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Kim-at the MSNBC site you can see the returns by county and city. Some Obama strongholds have 0% of precincts reporting. Who cares if McCain took New Kent County 64%-35%, there's only just over 10,000 votes in the whole county. NoVA, and other parts of Tidewater will carry the day.

As they pointed out on CNN-McCain must do better than Bush did in rural VA to overcome the numbers Obama will rack up in urban VA. So far he is not. Wish I could figure out why Obama is doing so well in Highland County (least populous county in the US east of the Mississippi) With 17% of precincts reporting he's leading 62-54 (that's votes folks, not %s).

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 4, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey frosti, CNN called MN for Obama!

But CNN won't call AZ yet...

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

North Dakota to mcC.

Come on SD, home of Geo McG....come on!

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

CP, we are connected! Thank you for that. Private email tomorrow. I think you are lovely and fierce.

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

NPR calling: Mi Mh, RI Wsiconsin for Obama

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

thanks for talking me down, frosti and mudge. It's time for me to crack open the chardonnay which should help me to regain some equanimity.

Posted by: Kim1 | November 4, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Finally someone posted an actual limerick there (i.e. a dirty one :-)


“The Undecided”
It’s a question I don’t want to duck
But after two years I admit that I’m stuck
Obama's the first black candidate, true
But Sarah Palin’s an important first too
The first candidate I’d like to . . . (go moose hunting with?)
Posted by: 123face | November 4, 2008 8:27 PM

Posted by: DNA_Girl | November 4, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

So far, Obama juggernaut moving as predicted by polls

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the poetry, y'all.

I'm trying not to "officially" watch the unofffical calls.

Yet.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 4, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Polls in middle of country just closed; MSNBC already calling Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin for Obama, Kansas and North Dakota for McCain. Big news is that Arizona and Colorado are too early to call.

Oh it would be soooooooooooooooooooo cool if McC lost his hoome state.

MSNBC says Obama leading by 5 points in Florida w/ 45% of vote counted.Too close to call.

Somebody in the McC camp was quoted as saying they "need a miracle."

What I hope they get is a miracle whipping.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 4, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Is it not freudian slippage to hold multiple discussions of skunks & other varmints on election eve?

Posted by: Nebreklaw01 | November 4, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

CNN also calls NH Senate for Shaheen...

NYT tracking shows Obama leading strongly in Hampton & Norfolk...

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Kim! Ain't it all grand, so, thus far?

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

DNA Girl - HA! Maybe it will open the door for more appropriate (i.e dirty) entries.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 4, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, Yoki, CP is lovely and fierce. And as we say in Philly, you ain't exactly chopped liver yerself.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 4, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

SERIOUS Freudian slippage would include a segue from Elmer Fudd to Yosemite Sam, as well, Nebreklaw.

The night's young yet, though. I do hear that McCain didn't get the Yogi vote though. Seems like McCain called stealing picnic baskets "socialism" but not the bank bailouts.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 4, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Hi Nebreklaw01,

Are you new to us? Can we help you -- and others -- understand our Error Flynn and varmints thread?

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Hi Everyone! :) I'm a wreck right now and needed a support group - I hope you don't mind my barging in! (Not sure the prairie dog discussion is helping, but um, whatever... As long as they vote for Obama) ;-)

Did I mention I'm a total wreck?

Since SciTim asked, here are some photos of my UK "Tour", where I shamelessly reverted to late adolescence for a week or so. If skinny boys with guitars are your cup of tea, these may distract you from the Very Important Business at hand. I'm not sure the lads are quite as cute as marmots, or even Mudges, but they're pretty cute.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/48967633@N00/sets/72157608414719876/

Posted by: lynnerags | November 4, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm with Kim in that even if Obama gets the sacred trilogy of OH/PA/FL I still really want to add VA to the list. I want to think of myself as adding to the victory in a very real and, you know, legally binding way.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 4, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Blushing at "lovely and fierce" but pleased so much, by who says this.


Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I heard PA had > 80% voting. Almost unbelievable!

Not to jinx anything, but I broke out the new flatware and the dogz got hamburger with their dinner (intercession to the dog gods).

It's almost impossible to leave here and the tv, but I need to make more jewelry than I've been making while watching and reading.

Speaking of which, there are a surprising number of skunks here in the suburbs. I see at least one every time I walk. In Ohio, we used a combination of lemon juice and Dawn dishwashing detergent on dog fur.

Toodles, boodle. I'll be imagining your comments as I listen to the radio.

Posted by: -dbG- | November 4, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Charlotte NC voted 41% early. Results not even close to 41% counted yet??

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 4, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Sheesh, calling ND based on exit polling only. Calm down folks, remember what Nate said about relying on such rot.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 4, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey Pixel! (Or should we switch to lynnerags?) Can't say the skinny guitar boys do much for me, but might I say you look cute as heck in those pics.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 4, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

RD_Padouk - I understand the impulse. Even though I haven't lived there since 1980, I'm mildly disappointed that my home state (the largest state east of the Mississippi) is going red. Ah, well.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 4, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

While this suspense drags, you can visit Amazon and order more suspense, order Baraguine's Kingmaker.

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

CNN is making me nervous with all of their early projections - didn't they learn from 2000?

If I wanted to have a quiet evening, I'd wait until I heard someone make a concession speech, but then where would the fun be in *that*?

TBG, I'm going to issue you a license to caper about at the BPH tomorrow evening should things continue as they're trending at the moment. Heck, join with Mudge and the two of you can be the Capering Crusaders.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | November 4, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Chuck Todd is freaking me out...I can't even repeat what he said. I think I'm going to go upstairs and watch "The Office" repeats. I am such a wimp!

Yoki - I think "lovely and fierce" fits CP.

Posted by: Kim1 | November 4, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

'tooni! Fox is calling Ohio for Obama!

Posted by: Kim1 | November 4, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

NPR projeted so far: Electoral votes

Obama 175
McCain 170

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

First it was football last night,now the election, but my guests have me running all around.I just wish they would go to sleep.maybe it is time to turn on the sleeping gas..."laughing like Dr. Evil"

Results looking good,but still nervous. Might have to break into the company wine...

Posted by: greenwithenvy | November 4, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Brag, check your digits there, willya?

CNN just teased a "big" projection...

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Kim, MSNBC also just called Ohio for Obama. There it goes. This is it, folks, the tipping point.

Kim, the cavalry just showed up over on the skyline and are riding this way.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 4, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm hearing some serious cavalry charging music in my head, mudge.

Posted by: Kim1 | November 4, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

It's nice to flip to ESPN2 to watch some college football to cool the brain for a minute.

Braguine, I think you might have added a '1' to the McCain projection.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | November 4, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Ride of the Valkyries, Kim?? *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, for shame Restrain yourself. From your mouth (Interrupted by gremlins) to God;s ear.

Error is very very busy. Don't minx it.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Kim-Obama trouncing McCain in Newport News 62-38%, Prince William (with still just 32% of the precincts in)55-44 Obama!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 4, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

CNN gives Ohio to Bama

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

CNN projects Ohio for Obama as well...

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Snuke,
I expect some wild fluctuations in the next 30 minutes

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to the live party for some drinks and dread.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 4, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

FYI, tho' nobody asked me, I don't hold with all this 60-seat filibuster-proof Senate nonsense, because one of those votes includes Lieberman. And I trust Lieberman about like I trust Ollie North.

New Mexico just fell for Obama; he leads electoral 200 to 85.

Virginia is razor-thin--but only 15% of Fairfax (TBG's county) is counted, and 0% of Arlington. Richmond suburbs going to Obama, which is a shocker.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 4, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Kim, doesn't it just? So glad she found her way here.

CollegequaParkian as a handle (in my mind, I always hear Norman McKenzie, my very Scottish, very funny, very insightful Philosophy masters' supervisor, saying (of meta), "And what can we say, Yoki, about the reality of CollegeParkian qua Parkian?"), cracks me up. She's a coo mommy and amazing mensch and better friend.

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Yep, I think that's the one, S'nuke!

frosti - Prince William? I've got to go check that out...

Posted by: Kim1 | November 4, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Virginia now 50/50

Posted by: dmd2 | November 4, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

NPR: Ohio and Penna, firmly in Obama's side

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm perfectly happy to wait for firmer numbers, but it's looking suspiciously like a butt-whuppin' here.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 4, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Yippee!

I get home and turn on the news and see Ohio called. Yippee.

Then the phone rings and the Republican Party calls to ask that I get out and vote, for the races for Representative.

Downticket races - Did they give up on the top of the ticket.

I still don't know how I got on the California Republican Party Calling List.

Posted by: Pacifica | November 4, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Woohoo--New Mexico dumps McCain!

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

So why does McCain concede now and protect our sleep?

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

dmd, seasea,
The networks have access to exit polls and they don't need many actual precincts to confirm their internal polling. It was inaccurate exit polls that caused the networks to call FL for Dubya in 2000.

The FoxNews crew are arguing over how liberal a president that Obama is going to be. Heading back to ABC.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 4, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Arghghgh! SCC: "does not McCain concede"

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm cueing up the Ren & Stimpy theme song "Happy, happy, joy, joy" and doing a very lively long-haired leaping gnome dance.

Yes! I am one giddy Ohioan right now.

But I'm trying not to get too excited yet because as a Democrat, I just *know* that "they" are going to find some way to Ford us.

Posted by: martooni | November 4, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Raysdad has given up--snoring on the couch big time.

We've been surfing the different networks when they go to commercial. Assessment:

ABC: great commentary, graphics/results are confusing-to-awful
CBS: still all about Katie
NBC: good combination of commentary and graphics
Fox News: (holding nose) good graphics/fresults; commentators now speculating on whether the "reaching across the aisle" is for real. Definitely some updating of resumes being contemplated.

Posted by: Raysmom | November 4, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Interesting... CNN reporting the McCain HQ in Phoenix has turned off the general news feed for the assembled throng, but Blackberries are carrying the projections here and there.

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Katy Couric now saying nearly a million people expected in Grant Park. I'm just staggered. A million people showing up at, say, midnight, for a political speech.

I'm verklempt already.

I like to think that somewhere, in two different bunkers, Bush and Cheney are morosely drinking themselves into stupors.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 4, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Congrats, martooni! This Tarheel is exulting about Kay Hagan!

Robin Hayes is losing bad, and Sue Myrick is only 4 points ahead...oh my...

Come on, NC and Virginia!

Posted by: slyness | November 4, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Snuke,
The final hours in the McCain NM bunker

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Raysmom, when you call the NBC graphics good, did you include the skating rink at Rockerfeller Center?

Ay, carrumba.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | November 4, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Ai chihuahua, just saw ANOTHER election ad on CNN -- the polls are closed, fer FSM's sake!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

52% of independents and 62% of moderates in Ohio go for Obama.

Embalming fluid being poured at Fox News.

Posted by: Raysmom | November 4, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Close popular vote, says CNN.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Anderson Cooper just said

prescient

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

bc, NBC graphics good as compared to ABC, I suppose. ABC not reporting state-by-state. They will have one state's presidential results on the screen with another's Senate results.

Big question at Faux: Is Obama Realy a Centrist?

Posted by: Raysmom | November 4, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Sarah P's name just mentioned on CNN

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, slyness. I was pleased to see Dole handed her walking papers, too.

My county (Mahoning) is sitting at 72% to 27% in Obama's favor with 24% of the precincts reporting. I'd say that pretty accurately reflects my informal yard sign count over the past few weeks.

Posted by: martooni | November 4, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

So there are three of us, sitting in this lovely suite at the Omni, watching TV and each of us with a laptop on and running...how 21st century!

Fortunately friend KR (from AZ) and I outnumber Mr. T, our favorite Republican.

Posted by: slyness | November 4, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Yes, closer than I'd like to see, CP, given the wide electoral gap at the same point. I'm still 100% convinced we'll win--but I'm somewhat disappointed the close states haven't flipped yet. We only need one of the key four states to flip and it's a done deal.

(Remember, we have Washington, Oregon and Cullyfornya (plus Hawaii) all gonna fall royal blue by morning.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 4, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Montana about to close polls; did Brian Schweitzer deliver some of the blue sky to Obama?

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm just beginning to believe (but knocking on wood) that we might witness the election of the first African-American POTUS. How great is it to be alive tonight?

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

And AGAIN with the ad for a certain WV race on CNN... *pulling hair*

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Well, every projection I see indicates that if Obama wins California, Oregon, Washington & Hawaii, it's a done deal. Lose all the rest, no big deal. This assumes that their current projections are good. I don't suppose I'd want to bet my life on that.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 4, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

RD, feel free to refer to me either way. The 'username' thingy was new to me here, and I'm lynnerags or pixelkatt in most places.

Regarding the boys in the band... they could not be a nicer group of guys.

I'm going to explode over the Virginia returns, btw.

~pixel, et. al.

Posted by: lynnerags | November 4, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

*but it doesn't matter,* 'snuke.

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, you know it's special when I'm still awake... *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Bill Bennett said magic on CNN

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I still predict a landslide. We are now seeing the closing of the pinzers on McCain. I think in about an hour we'll see the fina crunch.

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Iowa YESSSSSSSSSSSSS

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

CNN projects Obama in Iowa...

Yoki, it matters in terms of activating my gag reflex at this point... *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Nebraska can split electoral votes......BTW Mrs. Hagel endorsed Obama big time.

Hagal, I believe, was silent on both candidates, speaking volumes

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

NPR: Iowa, NM, NY. projected for Obama

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Kim-Prince William is in NoVA, but was solidly part of the "real Virginia" until recently. Still holding at 55-44 with 85% of precincts in. I hope the crew in the Dumfries Dem office are all partying hard tonight.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 4, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Still plugged in, I wish fivethirtyeight.com would update...

Posted by: slyness | November 4, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

IMO, the word of the night is "underperform."

The McCain campaign folks had their work cut out for them, and whatever you think of Sen. McCain as a candidate and his platform, the staff are working very hard and I think they deserve better than that.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | November 4, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps we can sing, before midnight

Dancing in the Streets

by the Mamas and the Papas

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

cnn has Obama up in the VA vote count. Fingers crossed.

Got to agree with BobS. Unless you want to concede CA, OR, WA or HI to McCain, it's all over.

I'm going to stay up for the Stewart/Colbert special (on now) and hope the VA result is finalized before that ends so I can go to bed.

Posted by: astromom | November 4, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Funny, most NPR embeded reporters are in McCain HQ

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

George Will broke out the bowtie just for this special night.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 4, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm now flipping back and forth between MSNBC and Comedy Central -- Stewart and Colbert are cohosting live coverage in case you didn't know and might like to know.

I feel a little guilty about not sticking to the "serious" coverage, but dangit, I needed a good laugh (and not the nervous kind).

Posted by: martooni | November 4, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

You knew I couldn't stay away.

I had to print business cards. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

This is really exciting stuff. Countdown to the finish of the past 8 years. A chance to rebalance the Supreme Court, all those federal judgeships coming up. Sarah moves back to Alaska. Something for everyone.

CP, I heard Anderson Cooper say that and I wondered if I've been slightly mispronouncing it all these years.

Posted by: -dbG- | November 4, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

MSNBC saying that there are no more Republicans in the House from New England...wow....

Posted by: slyness | November 4, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Curmudgeon - I think it would be awesome as well if AZ actually went to Obama. After all, our gov is a Democrat. Local newscast just said that it is too early/close to call but Obama is a heavy favorite with women and Hispanic voters.

When they said that the folks at the Biltmore turned the news feed off, I wanted to drive over and yell that Ohio just went to Obama. Then I thought that would be rude. So I'll just celebrate tomorrow with my co-workers with somoe blue cupcakes.

AZBlueHen

Posted by: loafie1013 | November 4, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Yay! dbG is here! Stay a bit, if you can.

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

NBC saying Rep Christopher Shays is toast in Connecticut.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 4, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Soledad O'Brien is wearing a softly constructed royal purple dress. Michelle O ushered in the era of the political dress.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

CNN calls Texas for McCain...

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

dbG, heard that pronounce thing again...needed to replay it, to place it.

Michelle is so tall; many tall women prefer separates to accommodate the length comfortably and proportionately. so, very interesting. I love her in flats!

Sporty look come in! Cyndy McC might have ushered us back to a more constrained, pinched (grim?) shoes look.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

And AZBlueHen is (was) here! It's a reunion. Such a happy thing.

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

John Lewis (my former congressman) just gave a very touching history of the civil rights struggle.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 4, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I am so tired!!!

But I'm afraid of going to sleep and waking up to four years ago.

Maybe my canvassing made a difference.

I'll stay up for a bit longer.

Posted by: abeac1 | November 4, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Remind me of the decorum here. The losing candidate concedes some point between tallys projected and poll closures in WA, OR, MT....what about Alaska and Hawaii?

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Steve Forbes in Comedy Central, saying no further runs for office, just "agitating."

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

*snort*

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

abeac,

Thanks for your story about your adventures at the polls. It's great that you volunteered for this! Sleep well. No matter what happens in Virginia, it will be a heluva a lot closer that it has been since 1964 and Obama will be in office next January.

Posted by: -pj- | November 4, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

CP, usually we give it a couple of weeks and let a few courts weigh in first.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 4, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

NYT tracking has Obama ahead in VA 50-49 with 89% reporting; Obama ahead in FL 51-49 with 69% reporting; dead heat in NC.

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama just took over the lead in Virginia by a small amount.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 4, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I really love Brag's contention that the next little while will be the "fina crunch" of the McCain campaign. Definitely has a ring to it.

a bea c - you absolutely made a difference. But I know what you mean...I feel the same way.

AZ Blue Hen - driving over to the McCain campaign office where they turned off the live feed and screaming results sounds very therapeutic to me.

Posted by: Kim1 | November 4, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Hi Yoki! Still here - will be around as long as I can stay up. And I feel like I will be up for a looong time.

Excitement everywhere! Even here in McCain country!

AZBlueHen

Posted by: loafie1013 | November 4, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

NPR: Obama has now 207 electoral votes

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow. This is really going to happen. Intelligence and Optimism will defeat anti-intellectualism and fear-mongering.

You know, I remember with startling clarity the moment when Peter Jennings interrupted Tim Russert in 2000 to report that Florida was no longer called for Gore. This was the last moment when I really felt confidence in the Executive Branch.

I was much younger then.

But, you know, if this holds up, I feel so much younger now.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 4, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Um, folks, I think I'm calling it. Obama has 207 electoral votes already, and he's gonna get Wasgington, Oregon, and California--that's 78 more votes. That's it, that's the ballgame. This is what the networks cannot say yet..but it's over.

We've won.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 4, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Ohmigoodnes...I am in Generation Jones, that lost slice too young for Boomerdom but too old for Gen Xness.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Al Franken slightly ahead 43-40 with 13% reporting (via CNN)...

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Geez Curmudgeon. Don't do that. Wait...

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Kim1 - I know - I think it would be such fun. But I'm also still relatively new to the state and for some reason, am acutely aware that here, you are allowed to carry weapons with you.

Last year, when we were just moving in to our new workplace, the pest control guy showed up with a 9mm holstered at his side. I was fascinated/aghast/worried. Later found out that yes, if you so desired, you could just walk aorund with a weapon strapped to your side. I think only for handguns, no rifles or shotguns.

Posted by: loafie1013 | November 4, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Oooooh, more holograms!! Fancy-schmancy "virtual Capitol" on CNN.

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Hi loafie!

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

RD - I love it when you channel the Byrds!
(it IS the Byrds, correct?)

Could you all spare a thought for Glen Nye, the Democratic challenger for the Thelma Drake's (aka Bush-rubber-stamp)seat in my district? I didn't even think he had a chance and he's slightly ahead now. That would be sweet!

Posted by: Kim1 | November 4, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Loafie! Laughing about that because I grew up rather used to guns. But would be shocking to me now. I believe Va-ginins can carry concealed weapons with a permit.

Out in the open seems better to me....

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Ma Frostbitten just called asking for news of the Bachman race. Me? I'm too busy obsessively refreshing VA counties on MSNBC.com to pay attention to my own state. Time to join Kim in a glass of wine.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 4, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Yeah , Mudge, it's over. the bastards want us to stay up an tuned, building suspense.

Listening to NPR, they have changed their coverage from numbers to analysis and commentary.

Unlrss they are planning a great trick after we go to sleep

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Yoki, CP. . .

I've been up since 1:30 AM, and now I'm sick and need to get some sleep.

Boodlers, I leave this in all your capable hands. Don't let go! :-)

Posted by: -dbG- | November 4, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm so sorry, but I just cannot stop crying.

Posted by: rickoshea0 | November 4, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Yay! Virginia called for Obama

Posted by: Boko999 | November 4, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

CNN and FOX just called VA for Obama!!!

Kim-looks like Virgil Goode is slightly behind his dem challenger too. It would be sweet to see Nye win.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 4, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Hologram is shades of classic star trek......but bleccchhhhhhhhh

Just imagine the SNL spoofs to come


Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

CqP - permit for concealed weapons carry was what I was used to. I am used to being around guns - my dad is a collector and taught us all gun safety, took us to the range, etc. I guess it was a change in context for me.

I agree that out in the open may have its advantages, but I question the wisdom of allowing teachers to be armed.

Posted by: loafie1013 | November 4, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

The Virginia open-carry crowd is very vocal and litigious. You can carry and unconcealed gun in public including bars and restaurants. They are pushing for national parks and airports ahead of security.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 4, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Frosti, news from Minneapolis Star-Trib:

U.S. House
Votes Percent of vote
District 6
96 of 318 precincts (30%)
Michele Bachmann, R* 61,700 47
El Tinklenberg, D 56,080 43
Bob Anderson, I 13,669 10

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a new kit

Posted by: Moose13 | November 4, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Obiwan Kenobi, help me......

Anderson C has an elfin wise look...does the silver sheened tie support this?

---
RoShea. tears of joy....?

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

I know, Yoki, but look at the numbers. Obama doesn't need those flip states; he got Ohio and Iowa. He's already locked about 290 Game's over. And the networks can't say this.

I think he'll actually pick up Florida as well, and I've love it if he gets Virginia.

But it's a done deal. I think the network people are trying to say it, too, with their coded words about "miracles," etc.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 4, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Cheers, frosti! and AZ Blue Hen, cracked me up! I can understand your hesitation. (liked your pics, looks like you had a wonderful time)

The hubby is calling me to join him. He just spoke to his 86 year old father, a University of Chicago trained microbiologist, yellow dog Democrat who is hanging on to life for dear life. Hubby said that "Gramps" was weepy about how good it looks for Obama. What a nice moment....will check in later.

Posted by: Kim1 | November 4, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Remember to be humble and genle with Republicans. If one remarks that you're being a good sport tell them you're saving the gloating for the hearings, trials, and sentencings.

Posted by: Boko999 | November 4, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, the charming Ms. Bachmann. I got a kick out of a Politico headline a week or so back:

"Bachmann Turns to Overdrive"

Posted by: bobsewell | November 4, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

You caught it Kim! I love slipping obscure references into my posts. Error Flynn used to get a lot of them. I miss him so.

Well, up way past my bedtime. I agree with Mudge. It's a done deal at this point. The 44th President of the United States has been chosen.

God bless us. Every One.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 4, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Yay VA!

Posted by: loafie1013 | November 4, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Comedy Central is firing on all cylinders... They have some of their African-American writers measuring Stewart's and Colbert's desks... *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I think the new kit just disappeared, Moose....title is From Left Bank ...but it disappared

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

frosti - I was counting on you to help me understand the Franken/Coleman race. Whose votes have already been reported and who is left to come in?

Posted by: astromom | November 4, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

The new kit was there a moment ago, but couldn't get into the comments. Best to stay here lest we get vaporized.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 4, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

New kit is gone

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama now on top of McCain in Indiana - just.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 4, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Getting too much rubbish from NPR

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

OMG, Obama slightly ahead in NC...

I've stayed at the Arizona Biltmore, out of season, of course. Really great place, partly designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. In the garden they have sprites modelled after ones Wright designed in Chicago. I liked them so much that Mr. T gave me one for Christmas. It graces my backyard.

McCrory has conceded in the NC governor's race...

Posted by: slyness | November 4, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

CNN calls VA for Obama...

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

CNN reports VAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayaahhhhhhhhhh

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Mudge.....NOW you can speak the truth!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

CNN calls the race for Obama!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

CNN just announced Obama President Elect

Posted by: dmd2 | November 4, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

NBC just called it for Obama.

Crowd at Grant Park looks ecstatic.

Posted by: loafie1013 | November 4, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

CNN.com now projecting Obama as the winner!

Posted by: Moose13 | November 4, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

MSNBC just called it.

Obama wins!

That's all I got. I'm at a total loss for words.

Posted by: martooni | November 4, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Yes. Weeping. Good on you, people.

Posted by: Yoki | November 4, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra, hope you are well tonight, have been thinking of you all day - what a moment, enjoy and rejoice.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 4, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

astromom-only 19% of precincts reporting with Franken at 42.1%, Coleman 41.3 and Barkley 15.7. We are going to be up late tonight.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 4, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Well, there you go.

I imagine a lot of people just burst into tears.

I have a box of tissues and a bottle of wine.

May this night bring a better tomorrow.

bc

PS Let the capering begin.

Posted by: -bc- | November 4, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

All the networks called it at once. Times Square looks like New Years Eve. Except with fewer dopey glasses.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 4, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

I am proud of all of us, even those who did not vote as I did.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Holy sh*t... I'm not sure I really ever believed it. It's stunning and extraordinary and I really wish his grandma had been able to live to see it.

Wow. Epic.

~pixel

Posted by: lynnerags | November 4, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Gees, all I need to go out for a ciggie and the declare a new Prez elect!

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

The Duval County, Florida school board (Jacksonville) has voted to not change the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School. The school was all-white when it opened in the early 1950s and was given its name in reaction to moves to impose integration.

The ethically smelly congressman Tom Feeney now has more leisure time to play golf in Scotland, on his own dime. The not-faithful-to-wife freshman congressman Mahoney is also out.

AP just called California for Obama, so it's all over.

Meanwhile, I'm stripping the kitchen. The prospective contractor came over today and he'll get started Friday removing the circa-1984 cabinets, raising part of the ceiling (it's 7 ft with a recess for fluorescent tubes) and removing a small pantry and coat closet to improve visibility to the dining area.

Then the tile setters will come.

After that, the Ikea cabinets will be assembled and marched into the new room.

Kitchen planning's been underway since something like February.

Whopeee!!


Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 4, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

NPR projects Obama as new prez

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

TbG posted a photo from the localDEM celebration by mobile fun!

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Now, how long will McCain wait to deliver a concession speech?

bc

Posted by: -bc- | November 4, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Hehe, some wasailing is gonna happen at tomorrow's BPH!

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm teary.

I didn't expect that.

I won't quote Gerald Ford, but danged if I'm not thinking about it.

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I feel happy.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 4, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm too wound up over the kitchen for the election to take effect.

Sunday, I'll be in Tokyo. It should feel good.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 4, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

this is like totally awesome dudes!!!

Wahoooooo.....Yipeeeee......

Posted by: greenwithenvy | November 4, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Rickoshea.....better now?

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 4, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Lookit all the happy white people in Chicago. Wunnerful Wunnerful Wunnerful.
You Merkins have done well tonight.
I knew you would.

Posted by: Boko999 | November 4, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

McCaine conceeds!

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I have a feeling that Obama's victory speech will be well worth waiting up for.

I'm still trying to wrap my head around it all.

Posted by: martooni | November 4, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations USA! Crying here too. I never thought I'd see this day. We broke out the champagne at electoral count 207, when we figured there was no way to stop the roll. Now we're just waiting for the concession. The Boy's been up this long; might as well let him see it all. What a first election to remember.

Just for grins Ivansdad turned to Fox News for a while. Karl Rove was talking about how this was a positive thing and shows how the country's changed. Talk about moving on.

I'm just so pleased and relieved. And proud of us all.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 4, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Today is just so amazing. My parents voted for the first time as US citizens. I think we're all a little teary-eyed.

Posted by: loafie1013 | November 4, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

And of course, Obama may still pick up another forty or fifty electoral votes.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 4, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

For a while, the boodle was jammed with joy

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Not that it matters, but CNN calls Colorado for Obama.

And McCain begins his concession speech...

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Boko999, thanks.

This is a big night, but there's work to begin tomorrow, and then the rubber meets the road in January.

Oh, here's McCain...

bc

Posted by: -bc- | November 4, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

McCain concedes. It must be past his bedtime.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 4, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Happy election Boodle

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Waiting for Obama's speech. It's not like I could sleep now anyway.

Bachman is going back to DC, thanks to the Independence Party candidate-and the party wouldn't even endorse him, they endorsed Tinklenberg. (only in Minnesota could this happen)

Franken up by almost 2% with 26% of precincts in.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 4, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

And kudos to McCain for shutting up the booers quickly and politely.

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Such a gracious speech from Senator McCain. God bless him.

Posted by: slyness | November 4, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

A very nice concession speech, very nice indeed.

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Florida just went for Obama, as Mccain delivers his concession speech.

Actually, he's doing a pretty good job.

I went out into the driveway at 11:00 and honked the horn on my car. Hope I woke the neighborhood.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 4, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

OMG - I can hardly believe it! Weeping, listening to John Lewis. Got to crack open the pinot grigio and get ready for Obama. Woo hoo! Congrats to us all!

Posted by: seasea | November 4, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

McCain looks more like himself than he has in a while, and is being very gracious. It is unfortunate, but unsurprising, that his audience can't help him with that effort and assist him as he tries to leave with some dignity.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 4, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a fan of Jessie Jackson, by any means, but it was very moving to see him standing in the crowd with tears streaming down his face.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 4, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

What a completely tactless audience for McCain.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 4, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Americans!

You've done (again) what many said could never be done.

It's a new day tomorrow.

Posted by: engelmann | November 4, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I think more than a few pollsters, exit and otherwise, are exhaling rather a lot right now.

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Borowitz report: "Failure to Blow Election Stuns Democrats" - "millions of shell-shocked Democrats stared at their television screens in disbelief...."

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 4, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom - You ain't kiddin'!

Posted by: bobsewell | November 4, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Not too bad speech by McCain. My respect for him returns

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

RD, you watching CNN? Pretty redhead jumping up & down waiting for Obama.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 4, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Well, Ivansmom, with all due respect to Borowitz, some of us were confident for the past few months...

There's a crowd has gathered outside the gates of the White House. I kinda feel sorry for the poor Secret Service detail on duty...they must be a tad tight-sphinctered at the moment, and looking out to see if there's anybody with torches or ropes...

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 4, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

The Senator McCain that made that concession speech was missing for a good part of this campaign. I hope that's the senator that returns to the Senate.

Posted by: loafie1013 | November 4, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TWd3skb-Rw

Posted by: slyness | November 4, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Yes, AzBlueHen, let's hope that as strongly as we can. *fingers crossed*

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

loafie1013, you said that so much better than I was trying to -- THAT McCain was indeed missing during most of this race.

Posted by: nellie4 | November 4, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Sen. McCain gave a very reasonable concession speech.

And in the spirit of the Boodle, I had to note that he coordinated his tie selection with his wife and mother's outfits.

Now, we'll see what President-elect Obama has to say...

bc

Posted by: -bc- | November 4, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

I suspect most of them were still up, Mudge. I didn't want to celebrate but then went and caught the tail end of McCain's speech.

Then verklemptitude hit.

Obama right now is 3 million ahead in the popular vote. McCain has conceded. There will be NO 2000.

Whether McCain wanted to go to bed or not, I'm glad he conceded as soon as it looked like a sure loss.

I want to stay up for the speech. But what else is there to say, other than what I'm thinking?

"Thank you, America, for making it happen."

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 4, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Nice concession speech by McCain. Wish he had conducted the last month of his campaign that way.

Posted by: LTL-CA | November 4, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

I was surprised by the quick reaction and McCain's concession speech. It shows he is an officer and a gentleman

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm not going to bed till we hear from our next president.

Posted by: slyness | November 4, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Only 3,000 votes separating Obama and McCain in NC... FWIW

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Scotty - And Mecklenburg/Charlotte (going strongly for Obama) still has a fair number of uncounted votes. I'm liking Obama's chances for NC.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 4, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

My usually pretty quiet neighborhood is definitely in celebration mode--we have fireworks, cars driving by beeping, general elation--like New Years Eve. It's a good day to have an Obama sign on the fence. Yay!!!!!! I will wait up for Obama's speech and then go to sleep very happy.

Posted by: kbertocci | November 4, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Talking to Ma Frostbitten during McCain's speech-both hopeful he'll return to the Senate and distinguish/redeem himself. Commenting on the paleness and advanced age of many in the crowd, and couldn't help but think- "yeah, cry old people. You mortgaged the future of the young voters who elected Obama and they're mad as he11." Just hope I can pass for whatever is just younger than the tail end of the boomers.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 4, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

ok - i feel right now like i could hug the world! i am truly verklempt! what an amazing day in history!!!!!

Posted by: mortii | November 4, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

I don't think it was so much a case of campaign tactics and candidates being successful or unsuccessful in appealing to people and their positive or negative emotions and prejudices, but more the voters in general sensing what's really behind the alternatives presented by the campaigns compared to what's important. Hope I'm right, because if I am negative campaigning may die out somewhat.

Posted by: LTL-CA | November 4, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

I saw some references to U2 here earlier today.

Right now, "Beautiful Day" is screaming through my brain and to my mind is absolutely the most perfect tune to express how I feel right now. It *was* a beautiful day here today -- blue skies and a respectable remnant of colorful leaves on the trees (yellows and oranges and reds) and a bonus balmy breeze to push the senses over the top.

bc... very true... much work to do starting tomorrow. I think we've already been laying the foundation for it, but now we have a "go", so to speak. I know that I'm all fired up and ready to go. All I need is a little direction and I'm confident we just hired the best guy possible to provide it.

Posted by: martooni | November 4, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

I am overcome.

I want to call Western Union and send a telegram to Sarah Palin saying "Sambo beat the b*tch." But I don't want to upset the operator.

Now is the time to be more than that. But I really really want to.

For background, see Wonkette at a week or two after Palin was nominated ... a waitress said that those were Palin's exact words after Obama's victory over Hillary. I guess there was no substantiation - it died on the vine. But I think it would be so wonderful to send that telegram now.

Sorry - I've been crying.

Posted by: Wheezy1 | November 4, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Barack wins it all in a sweep
boodlers hard pressed not to weep
warm tears of joy
at fear vanquished, oh boy
how on earth are we going to sleep?

Posted by: DNA_Girl | November 4, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

And now that they've updated the numbers in NC...

Obama ahead by 28,000 votes.

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 4, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

McCain spoke splendidly.

Now, the weight of the world falls on Obama. I pray that the leadership skills he showed during the campaign transfer well to running the White House and dealing with Congress and America's vast constituencies and numerous critics and opponents abroad.

Thank Heaven that nothing resembling the Jacksonville mess of 2000 will end up determining the election.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 4, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Yes, that was a good speech McCain gave, Brag ... but I'm not willing to forgive him his craven behavior the last two months. He is not an officer and a gentleman, just a hypocrite. He gets no pass from me.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 4, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

I told my friend in California, whose birthday it is today, that my present to her would be Barack Obama as the next POTUS. I called her after he won and asked how she liked her present. . . .

WOO-HOO

Gonna go listen to his speech. God Bless Us Every One.

Finally, the Constitution will not again be confused with toilet paper.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | November 4, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm weepy too, Wheezy.

Amen, Dave. And I have a feeling that he will.

Posted by: slyness | November 4, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

and virginia went blue!!! wooohooo!! i practically forced everyone i know to vote!

i just called my mom to celebrate and i was like - i'm sooo proud now that we have a president that has class, intelligence, pride, grace - a man i can truly look up too! a role model for the young ppl of america...

OH HAPPY DAY! staying up to watch his speech - like dna says - how am i ever going to sleep? i can't stop crying!

Posted by: mortii | November 4, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama's motorcade moving to the park.

I have a hunch we're going to hear a speech the likes of which we haven't heard in a hundred years.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 4, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Brag being Brag is already looking in the bunker for a nice comfy spot from which to oppose this new gummint. :o}

Posted by: Braguine | November 4, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow. When we were in Chicago for my Uncle's memorial, we went downtown and took an elevator to the top of the Sears tower. The vista included Grant Park. Fourty years ago, Brokaw noted, the Democratic party fell apart in Chicago. Pandemonium ruled in Grant Park. The irony of a unified people in Grant Park is beyond description. Sen. McCain gave an eloquent concession speech, and now has the opportunity to show how he can reach out and undo some of the collateral damage inflicted during the campaign. This is amazing. A majority of the voters in our county provided the winning margin for the President elect. Nice.

Posted by: -jack- | November 4, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Incidentally, I fully credit TBG and Son of TBG, et al., for the Virginia victory. Well done!

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 4, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

I am so, so grateful to Obama and his advisors for the campaign they ran. Maturity is not my strong suit, but I am so glad that someone around here knows how to express it.

I am so overcome.

Posted by: Wheezy1 | November 4, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

CNN just stating Obama plans to start the transition tomorrow, naming Chief of Staff and Transition.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 4, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't even know if Obama won WA state, but I guess it doesn't matter. He took FL, VA, NV! Montana is too close to call. Just amazing. Glad to see so many happy, crying Boodlers. (CBS was showing the McLean ballroom where I think TBG is, but didn't see her.) Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen. I just want to jump up and down, and yes, Beautiful Day is the perfect song for that!

Posted by: seasea | November 4, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Yikes! What a dress.

Posted by: Boko999 | November 4, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm so glad they let the girls stay up after their bedtime.

Posted by: slyness | November 4, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Wonderful color coordination for the Obamas.

And I'm weepy again and Michelle and the girls happily swinging their arms, hand-in-hand, as they head offstage...

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 5, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Yes, raising a glass to TBG and Son of G!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 5, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Another gracious speech.

There is hope for America yet.

Posted by: slyness | November 5, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

DAMN! i wish his grandmother were alive to see this!! i can't decide if i like the dress or really hate it...

Posted by: mortii | November 5, 2008 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Ok, now I'm crying. I knew I wouldn't make it past a mention of his grandmother.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 5, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

I wasn't going to cry, but he had to mention his grandmother.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 5, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Good Night, Boodle, and I do mean GOOD.

See ya in the morning and at the BPH.

*sleepy Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 5, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Right - teary-eyed to all-out tears.

Posted by: loafie1013 | November 5, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

I love the dress. It is brave and takes a very courageous woman who has nothing to prove to wear it. What it looks like really doesn't matter, so much.

Posted by: Yoki | November 5, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Let me add my thanks and admiration for those of you that were down in the trenches working for this result.

Posted by: astromom | November 5, 2008 12:10 AM | Report abuse

And so the deed is now done
The one has finally won
Our world feels relief
Hail to the new chief
History records a home run

Posted by: DNA_Girl | November 5, 2008 12:10 AM | Report abuse

OF THE PEOPLE
FOR THE PEOPLE
AND BY THE PEOPLE!

this is the first time i ever thought my vote really truly counted!

Posted by: mortii | November 5, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

A New Hope. and All That. Teary-eyed smiles and good night, Boodle. Buenos gnocchis, fondue, and vaya con queso.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 5, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Now I can go to bed and rest happy.

Posted by: slyness | November 5, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Good Obama speech

Posted by: Braguine | November 5, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Wow.

After that speech, I feel the urge to charge out my door and volunteer for something RIGHT NOW.

Sorry for the caps, I'm all verklempt.

Good night, Boodle.

Posted by: Moose13 | November 5, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

2000 and 2004 are gone and over. I respect the servicemen who died because of them. I, luckily, am not a mother of loss. I am a mother of happiness and joy and redemption. Please forgive us, you gold star mothers.

I imagine you will. Life is good.

Posted by: Wheezy1 | November 5, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

I am off to bed as well, so much to look forward to.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 5, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

'tis amazing grace
for a new path has been found
our country was blind
now is not afraid to see
the hope that was meant to be

Posted by: Achaiku | November 5, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Good night, Boodle. Tomorrow's dawn patrol expect Mudge's wrath fot being late.

Posted by: Braguine | November 5, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

What is this music? it is perfect!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 5, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

SI SE PUEDE!

Posted by: mortii | November 5, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

it sounds hopeful doesn't it, Frosti?

Posted by: Moose13 | November 5, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Sooo...I wonder what kind of puppy the new First Dog will be.

Posted by: loafie1013 | November 5, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Doberpoos.

Posted by: Boko999 | November 5, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

oprah is in the crowd and crying - rev jackson keeps cryin...

GREAT speech! just to see the hope on everyone's face... i'm gonna be all splotchy in the am...

i think he's got bullet proof glass on the stage...

Posted by: mortii | November 5, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Goodnight, Boodle.

Very good speech from Obama. Inspiring.

I do like Michelle Obama a lot, though I am perplexed by the spiderwoman dress.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | November 5, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Good night Boodle.

Posted by: Yoki | November 5, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Stop. I protest. We have become accustomed to the stealing of elections and general despair and sadness on election night. This happiness and hope must stop.

Now. Please stop. You must all not be so happy. Please.

It is expected to be unhappy on election night. Redemption is not scheduled and expected.

Stop.

Enjoy.

Posted by: Wheezy1 | November 5, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Holy carp, with 100% of precincts in, Cumberland County, North Carolina (home of Ft. Bragg and Pope AFB) went for Obama 59%-41%.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 5, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Toodles boodle and sweetest of dreams.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 5, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

One of the daughter has allergies so I'm guessing a poodle or poodle mix, OR another breed that works out as hypoallergenic for her.

Dog allergies vary considerably; for some people labs are actually less allergenic than poodles.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 5, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

I just went outside to take in the moment. The state and national flags fly continuously over the school district office across the street. I took the time to consider all of the sacrifice represented by the red, white and blue fabrics woven into those symbols, and took the time to feel hopeful for the future. Peace be with you all. I have to finish the laundry.

Posted by: -jack- | November 5, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

ok - i'm gonna try and go to bed tho i really don't think i can sleep!

celebratory hugs to all the boodle!!

mo

Posted by: mortii | November 5, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

I missed both speeches, but heard a Jethro Tull tune on the way home.Error and I talked a good deal about Tull and their music. So my day is complete.

Here it is if you want to listen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJhAyg2LTEk

What a great day!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | November 5, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

I liked Michelle's dress - although I couldn't figure out if it was a belt, or a sash - thought the red and black worked well with the kids' dresses too. Where is CP to explain this?

I also knit a fine little washcloth tonight...

Posted by: seasea | November 5, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Boko, LOL! Dobermans and Standard poodles actually have very similar builds.

Pictures of a F1 hybrid (first generation)-- Doodleman pinschers.

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/doodlemanpinscherphotos.htm

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 5, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

An excellent article on "how it was done" -- I was looking for something like this and it was right there on the front page

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/04/AR2008110404531.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: nellie4 | November 5, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

A neighbor has a labradoodle and it is a *most* unattractive dog -- one or the other, not the mix for the First Dog.

Posted by: nellie4 | November 5, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Wow. We just watched Obama's speech.

It may surprise you all to learn that I have a, uh, streak of arrogance. A notion of superiority. What gets me about Obama is the certainty I have developed that he is, simply, better than me. In every way. I am not unfamiliar with this feeling within my own field, which is well-stocked with men and women who make my own intellect look puny and insubstantial by comparison. I never seriously expected that I would see a politician who would give me the same sense. No compromise required -- he's smarter, harder-working, more even-tempered, more judicious, a better public speaker, and one heck of a writer.

Thank God he smokes, or I would have to leave my wife and become a stalker.

Posted by: ScienceTim | November 5, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Brag (and other members of the Dawn Patrol):

Morning muster has been postponed until 0900 hours. So you can stand down, Brag.

Sleep well, Boodle. And remember this night well; it is a night you will tell your grandchildren about.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 5, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

What a glorious day! I am moved to tears. This is just amazing. And what an acceptance speech! Now, the number of applicants to Punahou School will quadruple!

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | November 5, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Doodleman pinschers - cute! Those legs look long.

Not sure how I'm going to sleep.

Night Boodle!

Posted by: loafie1013 | November 5, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

I was at a concert in Orlando on Sunday night--the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra with its conductor, Valery Gergiev [the whole ensemble had appeared in South Ossetia just after the conflict there. Gergiev is Ossetian]. Under a chair, there was a yellow lab curled up. Guide dog. A colleague with such a yellow lab wondered how anyone could get along without one.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 5, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

sleeping pill. need sleeping pill. [Obama as President-Elect is beginning to sink in].

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 5, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Sweet dreams, boodle. It's been a beautiful day.

Posted by: Kim1 | November 5, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

dear boodle:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXlJcuDdx-8

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: LALurker | November 5, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Dawn Patrol. There's a new kit; see you over there.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 5, 2008 5:30 AM | Report abuse

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