Saturday, November 8, 2008

How Obama really won NC

Per Gail Collins in the NYT:

In the fervor of the final week of the campaign, Graham basically promised to drown himself if Barack Obama took North Carolina.

I wonder if he's set a date for that yet. I would pay $30 for Pay-per-View.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Worth a thousand words

I am on GraphJam

Go vote. Thumbs-up, naturally...

The morning after

Ohthankgoditsover... I was done with the fucking commercials. The anger. The angst. And the fucking maps. Blue states. Red states. Gah.

Obama won. Hooray.

Merkley v. Smith is too close to call. Boo.

Amanda Fritz beat Charles Lewis. Good for them both--they are both kick-ass community organizers and Portland is better because of it! I will make a donation to Lewis's Ethos Music Center as a consolation prize for him. I'm sure he'll be thrilled.

But my main man, the bow-tie clad Congressman that I freaking love, isn't getting any attention. So a shout out to Earl Blumenauer (D) on returning to the House to continue to be the voice of progressive Portland and sanity. I have my fingers crossed that Obama will look to him as a possible Secretary of Transportation. How wonkish is that wish? He can lose the bow-tie any time, but he shouldn't change anything else. I will take the bow-tie if he keeps biking to work and voting down flag-burning amendments. Hooray for Earl!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I hear your voices...

"I hear your voices, I need your help and I will be your President too."
- Barack Obama after winning a considerably more decisive victory than George W. Bush in 2004

Contrast that with Bush's statement: "I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it."

Yes we can.

Yes we will.


Hair and make-up: $20,000.

New wardrobe: $150,000.

Watching your campaign lose because of the power of community organization: priceless.

I'm a genius!

Or so says my little sister, who followed my advice and got herself an absentee ballot, thus avoiding an hours-long wait at her polling place in Georgia today.

The law now states you don't have to give a reason to request an absentee ballot. I sent in the application, with the idea that since it was so close to election day I would fill out the absentee ballot and hand deliver it day of the election. My theory was that since the county voter registration office (about a mile from our house) would not accept any voting there the day of the election- but you could hand deliver absentee ballots- we would be able to walk right up and deliver our ballots. Turned out I was right, and now Matt and I are convinced that absentee ballots are the way to go! We will prepare earlier next time to be able to mail it back in, but this was a wonderful alternative to standing in line!
Thanks for the idea!!!

You betcha!

Sarah Palin, after voting this morning:

"I am also exercising my right to privacy, and I don't have to tell anybody who I vote for, nobody does, and that's really cool about America also."

"Election day is like the Olympics..."

God bless Jon Stewart:

Election day is like the Olympics for out of shape people. One day every four years, could be grueling, could take six hours, but on the upside, no doping tests.

Goes without saying


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Tough talk from Harry Reid

...On Ted Stevens:
"...the reality is that a convicted felon is not going to be able to serve in the United States Senate. And as precedent shows us, Senator Stevens will face an ethics committee investigation and expulsion, regardless of his appeals process...”

With all due respect, I'll believe it when I see it. If the Democratic leadership in Congress was willing to actually exercise its authority, I don't think Karl Rove, Harriet Miers and Josh Bolton would be walking around ignoring their respective subpoenas.