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Deep breath; here we go…!

Ding-ding-ding! With that, the polls are open on the East Coast. The fat lady is clearing her throat and doing her warmup exercises.

I decided to spare you another recycled Obama image today, mostly because I don’t want to put you off. It’s going to be a very late night for me — the polls close in Ohio midnight-thirty my time, and who thinks it’ll be over when the polls close? — and I’m going to struggle to keep up. If you could drop by and give me a poke in the ribs from time to time, I’d be much obliged.

It’s dark and quiet in my little outpost of America on the shores of the English Channel.

Oh, and VOTE, my pretties! VOTE LIKE THE WIND!

Comments


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 6, 2012, 12:03 pm

Both ITV1 and BBC1 have programs scheduled running 11:30 to 6, with ickle charts and diagrams and up-to-the-minute election results.

If I can stand to watch them.


Comment from Malcolm Kirkpatrick
Time: November 6, 2012, 1:39 pm

Whenever polls close in the mainland US, and whatever exit polls indicate, it’s not over in Hawaii for another three hours. Given storm-generated provisional balloting on the East coast and various irregularities across the US, we will probably have to wait a week before we know for sure.

I’m up late (Early? No, I’m off to bed. 3 a.m. Hawaii time). Today is trash day. I will have arise in time to put the trash on the curb.

Doubleplusundead said it.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 6, 2012, 1:49 pm

Sorry about the trip to the spam filter, Malcolm. Don’t know why it singled you out.


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: November 6, 2012, 1:56 pm

The Fat Lady is gonna sing…awesome!


Comment from Becca
Time: November 6, 2012, 2:19 pm

Polls opened at 6am, I was in line at 6:07 this morning. Granted, it’s KY and Romney carries it handily, but…

“The free man casting, with unpurchased hand, the vote that shakes the turrets of the land.”


Comment from Pupster
Time: November 6, 2012, 2:30 pm

Long lines at my little Ohio Polling place at 0700, opened at 0630. I’ve got a good feeling about this.

*pokes weasel*


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 6, 2012, 2:30 pm

Yeah, my ballot went to Tennessee. No suspense. Still happy to add my checkmark to the pile.

I *could* have kept voting in Rhode Island, but that’s as blue as Tennessee is red, so what’s the point? At least I own property in TN.


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: November 6, 2012, 3:32 pm

That looks photoshopped to me!

Remember: ignore the news and election results until after you vote.


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: November 6, 2012, 3:38 pm

This is kind of like Christmas Eve when you’re a kid: excitement, suspense, the hours ticking away.

Problem here, though, is that we really could get some coal in our stockings.

I voted early, and have been encouraging people to go R/R for weeks. Wouldn’t it be cool, to see so little support for Zero that there’s no question how the American people feel about him? “BWA-HA-HA!!!”


Comment from LesterIII
Time: November 6, 2012, 3:40 pm

Thinking about an inaugural meeting this evening of the NSSMC, Not So Secret Mustelid Club. Perhaps at a watering hole in C-bus (or the outskirts) to rowdily cheer at big-screens while results come in. Surly? Pupster? Any takers?


Comment from Redd
Time: November 6, 2012, 4:12 pm

Got there at 6:30, polls opened at 7, and was out by 7:07 am. Long lines but luckily, all behind me.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 6, 2012, 4:51 pm

Phew. There. I feel better. I miss this part.

Also, there was a Dunkin’ Donuts down the street from my polling place (which was in a really scary housing project). Stopping for coffee and a cruller was an important part of the voting process, too.


Comment from Gromulin
Time: November 6, 2012, 5:11 pm

I’m going to vote, and then turn off all electronic devices until tomorrow morning. Scratch that – except one device, the Kindle, to read Lileks’ book tonight. Thats my plan, at least. California is stupid turned up to 11, I don’t think I could take it in real time.


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: November 6, 2012, 5:26 pm

Somebody over at Ace’s posted that Monica Lewinsky voted the straight Republican ticket this year. She dealt with a Dem administration in the ’90s, and it left a bad taste in her mouth. . . .


Comment from mojo
Time: November 6, 2012, 5:34 pm

I’m going late – maybe I can pick up a depressed hippie chick.


Comment from JeffS
Time: November 6, 2012, 7:24 pm

Lemme guess, mojo……you’ll tell her that you’re a conservative just when she doesn’t want to hear about politics?

:)


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: November 6, 2012, 8:00 pm

Wolfus – Can you blame her? After all, dealing with a Dem administration is a hard act to swallow.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 6, 2012, 8:09 pm

There. Just snuck a quick nap, and I’m in fighting form!


Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: November 6, 2012, 8:22 pm

Both ITV1 and BBC1 have programs scheduled running 11:30 to 6, with ickle charts and diagrams and up-to-the-minute election results.

If I can stand to watch them.

Why bother? It’ll be an Obama fawn-a-thon, just like it always is.

I heard a Radio 1 segment whilst at work the other day on the subject of the election, and although it’s a given that Radio 1′s audience is retards, children, child-like retards and the autistic, it was egregiously stupid.

Something along the lines of, ‘There’s an election in America. President Obama says A, B and C about X, Y and Z. His challenger is some millionaire called Romney or something. Who cares. Four moar years! Wooot.’

I paraphrased a little bit. They did call Romney a millionaire though.

By the way, how come you get to vote when you live here? I thought you were British citizen now. Do you have dual nationality?


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 6, 2012, 8:54 pm

Still just American, Gibby. I’m eligible for a British passport and I’ll go for it eventually (makes it harder to deport me in case of misbehavior), but I’m not in any hurry to spend £1,000 for it. And the result would be dual citizenship, yes — I wouldn’t give up my American citizenship for anything.

The really sad thing is how in the tank the Telegraph is for Obama. A once great conservative paper that has gone steadily downhill for years now.


Comment from Randy Rager
Time: November 6, 2012, 9:19 pm

Vote like you have to overcome the Democrat margin of fraud, because you do.


Comment from Redd
Time: November 6, 2012, 10:02 pm

I’m getting tired! Per Drudge the media can start releasing info on exit polling around 5 pm EDT. So, maybe very soon we will get some idea how it is going for us. Anecdotally, from what I can see, conservatives are still pretty fired up and confident while leftards are not.


Comment from Oceania
Time: November 6, 2012, 10:04 pm

Awwwhhh voting? but what are you voting for?
Even Russia has freer and fairer elections than the USA …


Comment from Oceania
Time: November 6, 2012, 10:09 pm

Oh – and as an illegal resident – I’ve already voted in your election

:)

Bite Me!


Comment from Elphaba
Time: November 6, 2012, 10:16 pm

I must tell you, Stoaty, you and Chris Muir have made the last four years much more bearable for me. Let’s hope the electorate finally can haz a clue and elect a competent leader for a (real) change.


Comment from scottthebadger
Time: November 6, 2012, 10:42 pm

When I was just a wee small Badger, my grandparent’s burrow was in Cokato, MN. The nearby town of Dassell has a huge hatchery, with a 10 foot chick in front of it. My Mom and my Aunt Marianne have told me that when I was around 2 or so, whenever we would rive by the place, I would point at the chick, and go, “AWK! AWK!”.Here in Baraboo, Wisconsin, where I have my burrow, we have a Pizza Ranch, a Midwest pizza chain, where the pizza is adequate, except for the all meat Bronco, which is actually quite good, but their fried chicken is superb. I go there on Wednesdays for the buffet. Tommorrow, I hope to be dining on the AWK! AWK! of Mustelid Victory, ( Romney is a Wolverine, being as he’s from Michigan, and Ryan is a fellow Wisconsin Badger ), and not eating at the Salad Bar of Despair at the death of my country.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 6, 2012, 10:51 pm

Aw, now, that is really nice to hear, Elphaba. I rush out so many half-assed p’shops and desperate chicken posts, I sometimes despair of my role in the blogosphere.

Just got off the phone to my elderly dad in Nashville. Poor old cuss gets all his news from TV and is sure Obama’s going to pull it out. You have any idea how hard it is to buck up a very old, very deaf man via a dodgy VOIP application? Phew. Hard work.

Mmmm…AWK! AWK! I have laid in a supply of chocolate chip cookies, bagels, pizza and hamburger. I’m having me an America Fest, dammit!


Comment from kilroy182
Time: November 6, 2012, 11:06 pm

I early voted last week, a little miffed they didn’t have a sticker for me.


Comment from Deborah
Time: November 6, 2012, 11:48 pm

Happy Snacking Stoaty. I have pretzels, picante sauce, my own homemade bread, homemade pimento cheese (my specialty), strawberry Newtons, wine and beer.


Comment from Oceania
Time: November 6, 2012, 11:49 pm

So why do you let non citizens vote?


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 6, 2012, 11:52 pm

The real dilemma, Deborah, is that I can’t start drinking until I have a sense which way the winds blow. The live coverage won’t finish until six in the morning here (and I have to be somewhere and reasonably coherent five hours later).


Comment from Deborah
Time: November 7, 2012, 12:17 am

Stoaty, what resources for news are you using tonight?


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 7, 2012, 12:25 am

I’ve got ITV on TV. We started with BBC, but couldn’t hack it. I have it muted, anyway.

Mostly, I’m going from Mark Levin’s map, Drudge, Twitter and Ace.

With occasional forays into Skyrim for relief.


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: November 7, 2012, 12:39 am

I’m pretty drunk right now. I hope Obama has a millstone around his neck & is cast into the sea.


Comment from Clifford Skridlow
Time: November 7, 2012, 12:50 am

Traditional celebratory fare here. Tamales and chili, queso, cold beer, chips and salsa. Mrs. Skridlow is just beside herself waiting for numbers. She’ll need lots of wine before the evening is over, I suspect . . .


Comment from Deborah
Time: November 7, 2012, 12:51 am

Husband is the most congenial of men, but he won’t tolerate politics on TV, so I am following at http://www.foxnews.com/ until he goes to bed at 9p. Ace is a good choice–I’ll bring him up, too. Just looked up ITV, so that will be fun also.


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: November 7, 2012, 12:55 am

Honestly, I just want it to be over with. Much like a prison rape.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 7, 2012, 1:13 am

Well, I lied. I’m watching it on Sky. I was on ITV for a while. Not really following the TV, though.

I wish they’d just fill in the dark blue and dark red states already, so it wouldn’t look so hinky.


Comment from EZnSF
Time: November 7, 2012, 1:20 am

This is f&#*ing painful.


Comment from scottthebadger
Time: November 7, 2012, 1:56 am

Can you get a decent pizza in the UK?


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 7, 2012, 2:09 am

I can if I make it myself, Scott. I used to make pizza for a living, so I tend to prefer my own pie anyway.


Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: November 7, 2012, 2:18 am

I’ve been watching Foyle’s War for the last two days. Today I ran tons of errands after I voted. I just can’t watch. Even still I see snippets and I’m fucking scared to death.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 7, 2012, 2:43 am

Still up. Still waiting for those ‘critical states’.

I have broken into the alcohol, though.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 7, 2012, 2:44 am

Foyle’s War was good, Mrs C, but we ultimately gave up on it in the last season. There was a little too much anti-America and 2012 attitude in it.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 7, 2012, 2:44 am

Or, you know, 2009 or whenever it was made.


Comment from Pupster
Time: November 7, 2012, 2:51 am

http://i.imgur.com/Nd3Zv.jpg


Comment from Deborah
Time: November 7, 2012, 2:57 am

On my second glass of Cab/Sauv, but I’ve managed to keep my fingernails out of my mouth.


Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: November 7, 2012, 3:00 am

I’m only in the 3rd season, Stoaty. So far it’s enjoyable.

Can’t believe they called MA for Warren.

It’s all getting so unbelievable again, like with the supreme court. I feel like Alice in Wonderland. I feel sick.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 7, 2012, 3:03 am

They called MA for Warren with, like, 10% of the counties in and a 2% lead. It’s a little firmer now, but there is a LOT of bullshit calls going on right now.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 7, 2012, 3:04 am

They called PA with 10% in and WI with something like 18% in. Yes, they’re both firming up now, but I’d say the pundits are playing a right game of mind-fuck tonight.

Remember the seven-hour presidency? I went to bed in 2004 thinking President Kerry won himself four years. This isn’t over quite yet.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 7, 2012, 3:18 am

What is the effing problem with FL, NC, VA, OH, MO, IA and WI?! Count, you bastards! COUNT!!


Comment from Glenster
Time: November 7, 2012, 3:18 am

They do seem to be making calls awfully early. Hope we’re not seeing the beginning of the end…


Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: November 7, 2012, 3:21 am

I pray, fucking PRAY they are making fools of themselves by this early calling.


Comment from Deborah
Time: November 7, 2012, 3:35 am

GAH! They’re letting Peggy Noonan talk on FOX!


Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: November 7, 2012, 3:51 am

Stoaty,

Was noticing your copyright at the bottom o’ the page, and wondered if you’ve ever read “The Fifth Column” by (my personal savior)Robert Heinlein. If I wasn’t far away from my books, I’d break that puppy out right about now. In the mean time, I’ll tipple some Vox to settle the crawdads chewing their way through my stomach.


Comment from Armybrat
Time: November 7, 2012, 3:58 am

The husband and I stood in the cold for over 2 hours. All for naught. MA went for Obama (no surprise there) and now we’re told fauxcahontess, the shrieking harpie will be our new senator. I predict her crowning achievement will be to make fat, dead, Ted look like a moderate. I drink (heavily) tonight for the passing of my nation. My salvation is that I can show several periods of residence in TX and my baby sister was born there. When it all becomes too much and the Republic of TX rises again….I have my passage secured. Hope y’all do too.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 7, 2012, 4:07 am

I think I read everything Heinlein wrote at one point, FMG. But that was a long, long time ago, and I don’t remember that one.

Armybrat, my mother was a Texan. That gives me honorary citizenship, doesn’t it? Like an anchorbaby thing?

Well, folks, it ain’t over…but it’s 4am my time and the booze is getting to me. I’m not going to bed yet, but I’m close.

I’m practicing my best “from hell’s heart, I stab at thee!”


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 7, 2012, 4:07 am

One of my forebears was a signer of the Declaration of Independence of Texas. That’s got to count for something, no?


Comment from Mark T
Time: November 7, 2012, 4:07 am

So. Sweasel, have you started with the beverages yet? I cracked open the first beer at 04.00. Yikes. Are we going to pull out of this, people?


Comment from EZnSF
Time: November 7, 2012, 4:18 am

We have become…Europe.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 7, 2012, 4:19 am

Oh, yes, Mark — I started at 2 on the vodka, lemon and fizzy water. I am at least two and three-quarters sheets to the wind. I’m afraid I’ll have to wrap it up soon, while things are still (at least somewhat) inconclusive. I have to be somewhere in five hours.

Chin up, folks. Where I live, there are still giant scars in the ground from WWII.


Comment from Becca
Time: November 7, 2012, 4:20 am

Fox just called OH for O. Game over.

Heartsick.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 7, 2012, 4:22 am

Fox has jumped the gun more than any of them. Not saying it’s wrong, Becca. Saying they aren’t playing clean.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 7, 2012, 4:24 am

274.

Well, I can only go to bed hoping that’s wrong.

Goodnight, everyone. Tomorrow, we find out it was all a mistake…or we plot a terrible revenge. Who’s in?

I’m out.

Wait…what?


Comment from LesterIII
Time: November 7, 2012, 4:26 am

How can they call Ohio with only a 1,000 votes separating O from R? Provisional ballots?

Now declaring O has won?


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 7, 2012, 4:26 am

Waves.

Blows kisses.

Face plants into the keyboard.


Comment from Carl
Time: November 7, 2012, 4:27 am

All ye like Romney sheep have gone astray.


Comment from Davem123
Time: November 7, 2012, 4:33 am

I’m going to have to see the final #’s to believe it. They called Ohio for Kerry in 2004 and were wrong. If it is true, I’m moving my family back to the Midwest and hunkering down for a long winter. I fear for my nation, my people and my Liberty.


Comment from eirik
Time: November 7, 2012, 4:42 am

Can I get the US economy in the dead pool?


Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: November 7, 2012, 5:08 am

Mr C is trying to go to sleep, I don’t dare tell him about Ohio. Let him have one good nights sleep.

I just don’t know where to begin now.


Comment from JuliaM
Time: November 7, 2012, 5:30 am

Abraham Lincoln was wrong. You don’t need to ‘fool all of the people, all of the time’. It seems they will quite happily fool themselves..


Comment from Oceania
Time: November 7, 2012, 5:41 am

Fascinating.


Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: November 7, 2012, 6:08 am

It’s dark and quiet in my little outpost of America on the shores of the English Channel.

It’s pretty dark here too. I was tracking the election fraud that was caught today. Orders of magnitude over other years, and I am sure that it was the tip of the iceberg. Once you win by using fraud, you dare not allow another free election. My Nom d’ Blog is Mongol, but I am Chinese. The concept of Mandate of Heaven is one I am familiar with. I’m pretty sure that I see it departing.

Subotai Bahadur


Comment from mojo
Time: November 7, 2012, 6:09 am

First order of business:a vacation for Mooch.


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: November 7, 2012, 8:36 am

I guess you got out while the getting was good, Sweez.


Comment from Oceania
Time: November 7, 2012, 9:16 am

Well I hope that you all voted for Obama?

:)


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 7, 2012, 10:29 am

Wow. It wasn’t even close.

Chicken blogging for a while, me hearties.


Comment from Becca
Time: November 7, 2012, 11:48 am

Anyone else feel misled? Dick Morris, Rove, George Will, all the “landsliders”…wtf happened?


Comment from benning
Time: November 7, 2012, 12:57 pm

50% to 48% is still pretty close. But what a disappointment. :(


Comment from benning
Time: November 7, 2012, 12:58 pm

Oh, and CNN has the running, updated totals here: http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/main

I look, and I just keep sighing. :(

*sigh*


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: November 7, 2012, 1:04 pm

“Chin up, folks. Where I live, there are still giant scars in the ground from WWII.”

Next time you visit the Former United States of America we may be able to show you some of our own. We can name the first crater, “O’Buggers Orifice ™”.


Comment from kilroy182
Time: November 7, 2012, 1:19 pm

“The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken. I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of liberty, of patriotism and everthing dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch. The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily and will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor and that of his country. Victory or death.”

William Barret Travis Lt. Col. Comdt.

Keep the faith and soldier on, try to survive another 4 years.


Comment from dissent555
Time: November 7, 2012, 1:44 pm

Another 1460 days until we can try to start repairing this damage.

On the bright side, there will be another 1460 days of Biden-speak to laugh at.


Comment from dissent555
Time: November 7, 2012, 1:48 pm

oh, and we get to laugh at the fools who voted for this clown show for another four years. It’s small comfort I know, but for a while I’m gonna have to take it where I can get it.


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: November 7, 2012, 2:04 pm

Yes, I’m depressed and angry.

But then I remembered:

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: November 7, 2012, 2:09 pm

As someone said in an Anthony Boucher story that focuses on a crucial election in the US: “I’m going to be in mourning for the finest working democracy ever constructed by man.”


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: November 7, 2012, 2:11 pm

Oh, and Stoaty, “Fifth Column” is the Heinlein novel some nowadays consider racist, in which an Asiatic army invades and conquers the United States. . . .


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: November 7, 2012, 2:47 pm

Well, it really was inevitable. As Romney pointed out (and was attacked for having pointed out) 47% of Americans pay no taxes and get free stuff from the government. Anyone who speaks of trying to lower taxes is, by definition, trying to take their goodies away.

I have believed for some years that the American experiment is failing. A greenhouse-grown seedling (thank you GB for protecting us from the French until we were strong enough to go it alone) it was overnourished by the rot of Europe during the 20th century. We grew too fast and developed a only weak root system. Now we are spending all our money on pretty things like flowers for all! not caring that the weight of them will collapse the overburdened stalk which can no longer support them.

Oh, we still have 100 years or so before we collapse into a military dictatorship et al. These things take time.

Well, in any case it’s over so I really should quit drinking now…. but there’s hardly enough whiskey left in the bottle to make it worth putting back in the cupboard.

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