Holy hell, Digby has an absolutely awesome post about the trouble we face in gathering the “heartland” vote. It is extremely illuminating in describing the “national mood” felt by the southern states prior to secession from the North. I’ll Long-Story-Short it for you by saying that shortly before the South broke away from the Republic, they held majority power for a long time in the federal government yet complained of the way they were treated by the northern elites. They resented northern values being foisted upon their way of life. Sound familiar?
–Proud that whazzing is a value that the “liberal elite” hold dear.
You didn’t think the Republicans could go two whole days without starting a new line of attack on the Democrats did you? Apparently you are crazy. The new black in the punditry world is that “the Democrats stood for nothing and that’s why they lost.” Jesus, these fuckers can’t even be gracious in winning, can they.
Continue reading And The Process Starts Anew
Wirkuswhazz has a good point in comments, which I felt I had to respond to.
[November 4, 2004 01:28 PM] by wirkus
“Four more years of scientific decisions being made by people who believe in a ghost in the clouds.” Einstein believed in god. How do you take that?
Continue reading Mr. Ghost In The Clouds
But it would most likely land a few Secret Service agents on my doorstep. Instead, I’ll just whole-heartedly back TBogg for a moment.
Four more years of American soldiers being used as cannon fodder.
Four more years of scientific decisions being made by people who believe in a ghost in the clouds.
Four more years of debt that our children and grandchildren will have to pay off.
Four more years of racists and lunatics for judicial appointments
Four more years of looting the treasury and squandering it on corporate cronies.
Four more years of making enemies faster than we can kill them.
Four more years of fear and darkness and racism and hatred and stupidity and guns and bad country music.
I look at the big map and all of the red in flyover country and I feel like I’ve been locked in a room with the slow learners. We have become the country that pulls a dry cleaning bag over its head to play astronaut.
Continue reading I Have A Post
The Mystery Pollster has a great entry up about how those mysterious Exit Polls work and how seriously we should take them. Bottom line: the later in the day, the more the exit polls are reporting actual results rather than pure statistical sampling. Early morning/midday exit polls are interesting but not all that informative.
Continue reading How Exactly Do Exit Polls Work?
Looooong lines at the polling place today. Got here at about 10:15am and I’ve moved about 5 feet in the last 15 minutes. There doesn’t seem to be much complaining, though I’ve heard some people say that they may have to leave because they have to get back to work. I haven’t seen many people come out of the polling place, so I don’t really know what the holdup is.
Almost to the front door of the polling station. I’ve spent the last half hour itermittently reading Paul Krugman’s The Great Unraveling. A great book to read in short spurts; it really solidifies to me why I’m voting Bush out of office today. He lies, he lies, and then he lies some more, and the SCLM doesn’t hesitate to regurgitate everything they hear without comment. No one that I have seen has left the line so far.
The woman in front of me was talking to two of the phys ed teachers at the school here. They were imploring her to vote for Measure J, which must be a local measure about the school district. The teachers said that if it doesn’t pass a good portion of the school’s grounds would be sold off. I guess if it passes they will be able to make improvements to the track and field out back.
Weather is good, and I’ve been able to snap a few pictures of the line outside. Take a look at the moblog to see them.
Just got out of the polling station. They didn’t have me down as registered for that place, but I explained that I had moved after the California registration deadline. Basically, I just had to provide my new and old addresses and I was able to fill out a provisional ballot. All told I was at the polling place for a litle over an hour, a short wait to do my duty as an American. It felt real good.
ONE LAST THING
The reason that I want so badly to get my vote counted in a state as Blue as California is that, should Kerry win at least 270 electoral votes, he needs a clear mandate in terms of the popular vote in order to stem off any Republican legal (and rhetorical) attacks at his presidency, so while Cali’s electoral votes are not necessarily in doubt I want to make sure that our popular totals swell the overall count for the Dems.
[November 2, 2004 07:51 AM] by thizzelle
great, the democrats are already cheating in pennsylvania.
Actually the Republican poll thugs didn’t know what they were looking at. What a surprise. They maintained that the machine had votes from a previous election in it before today. Actually, the counter merely displays the total number of times that machine had ever been used in an election.
This is the only way that the GOP can win, by throwing out valid votes and suing their way to victory. Always remember that, the more people that vote, the less chance the Republicans have to win. It is an untendable position for the GOoPers: Democrats want everyone to vote, Republicans want as many people as possible to stay home or be disenfranchised. Why do Republicans hate America?
Right now Bush is on MSNBC stressing that he wants everyone to get out and vote. His party sure has a funny way of showing that attitude.
I’m off in a few to vote. I’ll update with my experiences once I get to work.
Here is my requisite plea to the entire populace of Whazzmaster.com: please get out tomorrow (Tuesday) and vote. If you are in Wisconsin, then you can register at the polls, if you are in California and haven’t registered yet, then I’m sorry. I am typically of the “my vote doesn’t count” pessimism, but this year, this time it will. The Bush campaign is getting ready to cast a cloud of illegitimacy on this election, and even if you are in a solid Blue state (such as California) we need every vote we can, nationwide, to say confidently that John Kerry won the popular vote.
My personal reasons for a Kerry vote start with Bush’s lies and failures and end with Kerry’s record. Though I liked Howard Dean in the primaries, I stand behind Kerry one hundred percent. He stands for what I believe is right, and will not cower or flee from the specter of terrorism.
I could go on for pages and pages, but since not one thing would change any of my friends’ minds at this point I will simply say again to get thee to a polling place tomorrow and participate in democracy. The high water mark for voter participation (nationwide) was 61.9% in 1964; from there it has declined to just over 50% by the 2000 election. No matter who wins (though believe me I want Kerry with all my heart) I’d wish to see the day when our country could motivate 90% of its populace to go take advantage of one of the few absolute guarantees we have in this country.
Via the War Room at Salon, Juan Cole has an extremely interesting analysis of the current state of Iraq and President Bush’s address to the United Nations yesterday.
I think that the vast majority of Americans truly do not understand what conditions in Iraq are like. Even if they have heard, seen, or read accurate reports from reporters on the ground (rather than puff pieces by Fox and CNN), I tend to think that most Americans cannot relate the information they are receiving. They have no way to reconcile the destruction of property and lives with everyday American life. Mr. Cole does a superb job of creating an analogy that brings the situation (quite literally) home to us.
Click the Read More link for excerpts from Cole’s analysis.
Continue reading Interesting Point of View on Iraq
A small update to yesterday’s breathless report that New Orleans would, by tonight, be The New Atlantis at the bottom of the Mississippi Delta. According to ABC News, Hurricane Ivan turned East at the last moment to stave off the destruction of New Orleans at the last minute. That damn city has used up a considerable amount of its nine lives.
In other news, it appears as though Laura Welch (now Laura Bush), killed her boyfriend in high school. Of course, the so-called liberal media have not pressed for any details as to why, though she was at LEAST involved in manslaughter, Laura was never even cited for the accident. Just another friendly reminder on why you should hate the Bush family.