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November 05, 2004
The surprise twist ending: it was all a crazy dream!
Contratulations, President Dean!
Gotcher mandate right here
It's been a long week, kids. I think I'm gonna close up shop early for the weekend.
November 04, 2004
A very long day
Had to finish my weekly cartoon and write an essay for Slate--they asked me to contribute to one of their forum-type thingies. The result is here.
I've been at my desk since early this morning going back and forth between the two. Must turn off computer now.
Light blogging day
More like nonexistent--it's a heavy deadline day, due to a screwy post-election schedule. I just didn't want to leave that last entry at the top. We've got to lick our wounds and dive back in. When they repeat, ad infinitum, that "nobody" voted for Kerry, keep in mind that 55,554,114 Americans actually did. That's a lot of nobodies. This is a setback, no doubt, but this ongoing debate over the future of our country isn't over by a long shot. As the man said, don't mourn, organize.
(...the man being Joe Hill, of course, though several readers have pointed out that Mother Jones is credited with this phrase as well.)
November 03, 2004
Or maybe that should be 'mourning thoughts.' Not that I'm tossing in the towel just yet, but I'm also not oblivious to reality. The hell of it is, John Kerry actually ran a decent campaign. There are some things you can quibble with, but overall, I can't really Monday morning quarterback him. The Democrats actually seemed to have their act together. They were organized, outspoken, worked hard at GOTV efforts.
And yet. Here we are.
I don't really have the energy for a full post-mortem quite yet. Too little sleep for two nights running, and besides, I am of course not tossing in the towel just yet. But I do have one thought: those of you who "don't agree with Bush on social issues," but voted for him because you thought Kerry would somehow not be serious about the war, or maybe because you'll do a little bit better on your taxes under Bush--I'm afraid you may get the country you deserve, a country in which conservative fundamentalist Christians are calling the shots on abortion and civil liberties and gay rights and a lot of other things you probably care about, or at least should. But hey, you made your bargain. It's just too bad the rest of us--the 48% as of this writing, who voted for another, very different America--have to get dragged down with you.
Not that I am tossing in the towel just yet.
...TBogg is not sounding like an optimist this morning:
Four more years of American soldiers being used as cannon fodder.
...projects Ohio "too close to call."
Fox and NBC have already called it for Bush.
...387,000 votes in Ohio yet to be counted, according to CNN.
Margin is only 100,000.
It's too soon to call this election.
...for Iowa, no final tally until tomorrow, due to broken machines and "fatigue".
I'm going to bed. Have to get a cartoon out tomorrow, so I'm not sure how much time I'll have for blogging.
...there is no denying that this looks bad.
But if the media declare a Bush victory and if Kerry concedes "for the good of the country" and if we're staring down the long bleak prospect of another four years of Bush & Co., without even the prospect of re-election to hold them back...
Well, never forget the numbers. Never forget that if we who voted for sanity are in the minority, it is only by the barest margin. Do not let them turn a squeaker of a win into the myth of a landslide.
What he said
There are still hundreds of thousands of absentee and provisional ballots to be counted.
Don't blow this, Democrats. There's too much at stake.
"Committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."
As you undoubtedly recall, those are the immortal words of Diebold's Warren O'Dell in a fundraising letter sent to Republicans last year.
November 02, 2004
It's finally arrived--the day that defines the next four years. With any luck, we'll be giving George Bush his walking papers today--and with him, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Rove, and the whole rotten crew.
I'll spare you the lecture on the importance of voting. If you're visiting this site, there's probably no need.
We've all been focused on this day for so long. Now, the waiting.
...I woke up this morning at 3 a.m. and thought, This is either Christmas morning or the day of a close friend's funeral. I've been awake since then, and I'm still not sure which.
November 01, 2004
Bush ahead in one poll
Okay, sure, most every poll you can find has the race neck-and-neck, too close to call, insert your political cliche here...
...but 92% of Bill O'Reilly's viewers think Bush will win tomorrow.
Speaking of unbelievable...
Bob Kerrey, on Larry King Live (via Tapped):
KERREY: Well, I hope Marc's right. I hope it doesn't happen but my guess is and I don't have any influence over John Kerry and the DNC. My advice to him would be not to litigate.
Translation: if the Republicans manage to sow enough doubt and confusion, then for the good of the country, step aside and let Bush have another term.
Lord. I've been hoping that Democrats are ready to fight hard, if tomorrow and the days following turn into some sort of repeat of 2000, so I really hope Bob Kerrey's opinion is not representative. I mean, can you imagine a Republican giving his party's candidate this advice? If there's any unpleasantness, just give up and let Kerry win. Sure.
More Republican shenanigans
Charleston County election officials cautioned South Carolinians on Friday to steer clear of a fake letter that threatens the arrest of voters who have outstanding parking tickets or have failed to pay child support.
According to a "new" translation of the bin Laden video that Fox News has come up with, bin Laden has taken sides and, yes, wants Kerry to win.
Just in case you missed this one:
WASHINGTON - The Army extended a Halliburton Co. troop support contract over the objections of a top contracting officer, even contending — and then withdrawing — a claim that U.S. forces faced an emergency if the company didn't get the extra work.
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