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Ummm…yay. I guess.

Ach. God. What did I drink last night? My mouth feels like I’ve been chewing pine martens.

So! Biggest Republican wave in 80 years! Why am I not happy?

Maybe because I was expecting the biggest Republican wave, like, EVARRR. I’m highly susceptible to last-minute hype.

Maybe because a I CAN NOT Be-LEEEVE Massachusetts didn’t take the opportunity to rid itself of that spiteful, edentulous old queen Barney Frank. Or that I’ll spend another umpty-ump years staring at Harry Reid’s gray puss.

Mostly, though, it’s because I’ve been banging around the ‘sphere today and I’m shocked by the amount of acrimony on ‘our’ side about the ones that got away.

I’ve been chewing it over, and I don’t think I’m wise enough to get into it without, at best, adding to the general bitterness.

Except…just…we have a long, long way to go yet. That thing last night? That was a good beginning.

We have to maintain our giant stitched-together alliance at least through one more cycle. We can’t afford the luxury of poking each other in the eye. Which means putting up with some less than universally popular choices.

Just, please — I’m begging you — no Huckabee. Okay?

Now, somebody get me some hair-of-the-dog, stat.



Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 3, 2010, 10:17 pm

My night started with elderflower champagne and ended with rancid cheese. No wonder I feel…off.

I’ll work out the winner of the dicks when everything is settled. Looks like Alaska will come last, maybe quite a while on that one.

Comment from Mark
Time: November 3, 2010, 10:34 pm

Of course, you never DID announce how you would score Murkowski the Independent if she won. She is now sitting as a Republican, and will probably conference with them if it’s convenient for her. And Alaska is most likely between her and the REAK GOP candidate Miller…

Comment from Mitchell
Time: November 3, 2010, 10:36 pm

Bah, I still can’t believe that pustule Reid won. And yes, please God let somebody better than Shuckabee emerge as an early favorite in the GOP in 2012.

Oh, and the weasel is adorable as usual. 🙂

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 3, 2010, 10:42 pm

Hmmmm…I didn’t think of that, Mark. I was thinking of her as a Republican still.

Well, we’ll have to settle it the old fashioned way — with a fistfight!

Comment from Monotone The Elderish
Time: November 3, 2010, 10:53 pm

and after that, Slurpee’s!

Comment from Mark
Time: November 3, 2010, 10:55 pm

Betwixt those who called the Senate number without her and those who would win if she gets counted? SEIU rules, of course? That’s the Marquis of Queensbury rules, but inverted.

Of course, if Alaska follows state law, she will lose. But the Leaders up there have as much honor as she does, so…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 3, 2010, 11:12 pm

Well, I’ve just gone down the thread and copied and pasted everyone who entered into a txt file.

Other than Alaska, are any other races being contended?

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: November 3, 2010, 11:23 pm

Rancid cheese will do it every time–was it the kind that is rancid by design, or was it an accident?
Very effective graphic. . .

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 3, 2010, 11:26 pm

I’ve just read 61 House seats for sure, 10 in limbo. Not sure about Senate contests.

It was a little moldy-smelling, can’t hark. I had noticed earlier in the day, but ate some anyway and it tasted okay. By supper, it was smelling well and truly ‘orrible. But, as I had already melted it over my hot dogs, I ate it anyway.

Once again, it didn’t taste too bad.

I have an industrial sewage processing plant for a digestive system, me.

Comment from Mark
Time: November 3, 2010, 11:27 pm

Not sure if Angle has conceded Nevada, although the talking heads have called it for Reid. Angle DID file a complaint about election law violations. However, she is NOT a Preferred Species and therefor the Feds will not bother with it. And whether the State will bother to do anything or just whitewash, well…

Comment from David Gillies
Time: November 3, 2010, 11:37 pm

I bet your hangover’s not as bad as mine. I made the mistake of drinking on top of stomach flu, and I’ve been puking fit to bust all day.

Oh lord, here comes another wave. I don’t know how I’ve got anything left to come up. On the bright side, I’ve lost 3 kg.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: November 3, 2010, 11:38 pm

Given how you feel, luv, I would have thought that your weasel would have been sitting on the toilet with a bag of ice on her head. She looks decidedly off-kilter today…

Comment from Mark
Time: November 3, 2010, 11:46 pm

It appears that Colorado may also be unsettled, although the Denver Post has called it for the Dem:

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: November 3, 2010, 11:53 pm

I never knew Weasels were left pawed! Badgers, or at least American ones, are northpaws.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: November 3, 2010, 11:58 pm

“Then, provisional ballots will have to be counted — a process that takes days — and Colorado reported much higher than usual provisional ballots cast Tuesday, according to Secretary of State Bernie Buescher.

Read more: Bennet wins in Senate race – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/election2010/ci_16502977#ixzz14Gc5ZjK8

Gee, think that might have something to do with polling places in Conservative Districts being moved suddenly with no advanced warning or notice to hard to locate places?

Comment from Armybrat
Time: November 4, 2010, 12:20 am

The only thing the my fellow massholes did right was vote to eliminate the extra sales tax on alcohol. I could almost take another term for that Obama knobsloberer Patrick if we had gotten rid of fucking bawney. But noooooooo! I gotta put up with both of them again. Thank heavens booze will be cheaper now.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 4, 2010, 12:24 am

I’m incredibly sloppy about handedness, Scott. It’s occasionally presented real problems to me in illustration.

Like that time I did that series of illustrations for a training program to demonstrate how to breast-feed, and gave my subject two left hands (it was a closeup and I had been working from my own hands in a mirror).

That was also the one where I had to do a cutaway of a baby breastfeeding, which is an incredibly nasty thing to draw. No, I didn’t take an axe to an infant, but it looked like it.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: November 4, 2010, 12:29 am

Washington State is still up in the air on their Senate race. Dino Rossi [R] -v- Patty Murray [D]. Washington state has no polling places. Every vote is mailed in. The deadline for mailing actually was 1800 hrs. local, Tuesday night at certain specified mailboxes. They will not have all the ballots until early next week. So far, they have counted a bit over half of the ballots that are in, and have a half million more to count plus the ones that come in.

They are statistically tied, being only a couple of thousand votes apart. There will be a recount, unless Rossi moves beyond the margin of cheating. And that is a wide margin. Rossi ran for Governor last time, and lost finally a month later, because Democrat election officials kept “finding” boxes of ballots in cars, garages, and attics. That last is literal.

This one is going to take weeks to settle, before they find enough for Murray to win.

Alaska’s final count that I heard, with 99% of the precincts in; was 41% write in, 34% Miller, and 25% McAdams. I understand that ALL the ballots are being shipped to Juneau for a hand count of all machine and write in ballots, starting next Tuesday. So it is going to be a while before the contest gets settled. As for what party Murkowski caucuses with if she wins … who knows.

Oh, over there in Darkest England … you did hear about the 160+ late registered write-in candidates for this race, did you not? That complicates it even more.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Mitchell
Time: November 4, 2010, 12:29 am

^Was that to show how babies can breathe and swallow at the same time?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 4, 2010, 12:38 am

Wow. I never knew that about Washington State. What a mess.

Mitchell. Dude. Do you really want details?

The freelance client I did this for was a rather buxom lady of middle age, who demonstrated the poses she wanted by grabbing her giant bosoms through her sweater and waving them about.

I’ve never been more embarrassed in my life.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: November 4, 2010, 12:45 am

SCOTTtheBADGER and SWeasel–is the fact that the weasel is holding the flag in its left paw actually evidence of lefthandedness? I’ve just sat here simulating flag-waving with each hand and while I can see that it might seem more natural to do it with the dominant hand (right, in my case, and let’s NOT go there, hm?), I don’t really see that it is an activity which REQUIRES the dominant hand. So. . .maybe the weasel’s dominant hand is too tired to hold the flag because of filling in all the little ovals on the ballot? [Actually, interesting question–here in New York, under the Help Americans Vote Act, we have adopted new voting machines that involve filling out a paper ballot, then feeding it into an electronic reader. . .how is the rest of the country complying with HAVA?]

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 4, 2010, 12:53 am

In Rhode Island, we had a paper ballot. There were arrows with the middle knocked out next to the names, and you used a black pen to complete the arrows you wanted. Then you fed it into a machine.

I don’t like the “feed into machine” part, but what’re you going to do? On my darker days, I suspect MASSIVE fraud goes on after that point.

Seriously, it really is hard for me to imagine hordes of blue collar dudes voting for that obnoxious old poof Barney Frank in such great numbers when they had such a good option.

Comment from Pavel
Time: November 4, 2010, 12:53 am

Okay, there is one upside to Bawney winning, which is that I learned a new word today: edentulous. That is the kind of word I would expect to find in a Buckley column (God make His countenance to shine upon him), or maybe a Nabokov novel. So yay.

And WTF is up with Colorado?

I am incredibly wiped out today. Up way too late, watching the roller coaster Bennett – Buck race. And I drank hardly at all, which is like a total ripoff. If I am going to feel this dragged out, I should at least get a decent buzz out of it the night before.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: November 4, 2010, 1:02 am

Sweas, I’m not altogether thrilled about the “mark a paper ballot and feed it into the machine” part. To be honest, I LIKED the old lever machines, and I don’t really see why any concerns about disabled access (which seem to have been what drove the switchover) could not have been met by adaptations in those machines. Hell, I’d have been willing to sit down to vote, in order to ensure the levers were within reach of people in wheelchairs. But if we are going to do electronic voting, I’d far rather use paper ballots read electronically. . .at least there is an external check on the electronic results.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: November 4, 2010, 1:11 am

Can’t Hark: No, it was more the musings of a Badger slow on the uptake, who didn’t stop to realise that the Weasel needed her right paw free, as she was about to put that paw over her heart, when Stoaty drew her. Mea Culpa, I wasn’t thinking the picture all the way through.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: November 4, 2010, 1:14 am

Snicker. Snort. Mflmph. Guffaw.
Oh, I am grinning with delight! Yeah, that would be the explanation, Scott (may I call you Scott? I tried ScottTB and that didn’t seem quite right. . .)

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: November 4, 2010, 1:15 am

The more I think about it, the right paw being about to be placed over her heart must be the correct answer. We can’t see her tail, so she is clearly standing at attention, with her tail straight out. Stoaty, I apologise for assuming your Weasel had a sinister nature.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: November 4, 2010, 1:17 am

Please do, Scott is my name.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: November 4, 2010, 1:20 am

OK. That does it!
“Hats off! Along the street there comes
A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums
A flash of color beneath the sky:
Hats off! The flag is passing by!”
[Henry Holcomb Bennett, “The Old Flag,” in case anyone cares. . .google it,yes?]
I sort of assumed that Weaselgraphic was in that mode. . .so I THINK we are on the same page, Scott

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: November 4, 2010, 1:24 am

Yes, I believe we are.

Comment from Mark
Time: November 4, 2010, 1:43 am

Politician on a lie detector:
(old Johnny Carson sketch)

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: November 4, 2010, 1:55 am

Pavel, I do know that my polling place was suddenly ‘relocated’ to a nazarine church that hardly anyone in my neighborhood had ever heard of, on the corner of Bumfuck and ‘you sure got a purdy mouth’, and NOONE i asked had been told about the move. The poll judges I spoke to said that they had recieved a MASSIVE number of complaints, and had complained themselves, but noone ever responded.

Given how tight the voting is, I have to wonder how many polls were suddenly “relocated” in Conservative Districts….

Comment from Pavel
Time: November 4, 2010, 2:43 am

scubafreak, I read your post about this yesterday. Colorado has gotten so blue over the past six or eight years that I am positive the amount of fraud has gone up in the state. Dem majorities lead to fraud as night follows day. I’m at least glad John Suthers got reelected as AG. If there are provable shenanigans by the Dems, there is no way Garnett would have done anything about it.

I tried to googlemap Bumfuck and You Sure Got a Purdy Mouth, but couldn’t find it. Is that in Security? 🙂

Comment from francis
Time: November 4, 2010, 2:45 am

“Just, please — I’m begging you — no Huckabee. Okay?”

Seconds to that. I’ve held my nose and voted a lot, but please, no Huckabee. Pretty please?

On the upside, my new Governor (in PA) gave a shout-out to Chris Christie in his acceptance speech. I have high hopes so far 🙂

Comment from EZnSF
Time: November 4, 2010, 2:47 am

Shit. Think you have a queasy felling? Jerry Brown? Jerry fucking Brown…..and Gavin Newsom? Boxer? Really? Still? Really?

I have lost all hope for my state and mankind in general. I’m truly in mourning at the thought of having to move out in the next few years. Taxes through the roof, nanny state regs, no happy meals. Fuck it. I hope the Mexicans annex the whole damn place and turn the state capital into a taqueria.

More than half the people in this state are insane, and the sane ones are insane for living here. And the GodDANM thing is that the blathering idiots that run this insane asylum are happy, smug, pieces of unabashed ignorance; painting peace signs and ganja leaves on the side of the bus….as it careens over the cliffs of Big Sur.

There truly is a Marin County. It was one of the back rooms featured in ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest’.
And it’s coming to a state near you.

I truly hate my fellow man today.

Comment from Pavel
Time: November 4, 2010, 3:05 am

EZnSF, I feel your pain. CO is going the way of CA mostly because Californians, having screwed up their state so royally, keep moving out here. They bring their political stupidity with them. Having shit in their own nest, they come shit in ours.

Comment from Tesla
Time: November 4, 2010, 3:22 am

Maybe that there weasel holds the flag in her left hand to leave the right hand free to manipulate firearms or swords.

Or a toothpick.

P.S. No huckabee!!

P.P.S. huckabee should not be capitalized in order to show the enormous respect we have for his worthless butt

Comment from EZnSF
Time: November 4, 2010, 3:23 am

@ Pavel
I visit CO every couple of years. Have family out there. I was there last month and was thinking it might be a good move. I’ve noticed the slow shift as well. Last night proved it. It’s a shame. Great State, with room move, and the most polite drivers I’ve ever seen.

There’s no place to go anymore. The simians are conquering the world. Maybe Salt Lake City? I could pretend to be Mormon.

And as God is my Witness! You better scream from Pikes Peak a warning of what is coming. They will cannibalize.

Comment from scr_north
Time: November 4, 2010, 5:09 am

Well, it could have been better but it’s still pretty good. The best part will be in January when the Subpoenas start to fly. Then the fun really begins and Barney and Harry may not serve out their terms (unless the federal institution has bars).

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: November 4, 2010, 6:14 am

Ms. Weasel: “There were arrows with the middle knocked out next to the names, and you used a black pen to complete the arrows you wanted.”

That’s the same ballot system used in Chicago. It replaced chad-ridden punch cards several years ago. It’s possible the ballot counting machines are jiggered, but I don’t think so. The Democrats don’t need to cheat in Chicago, and the paper ballots are retained for a potential hard audit.

Can’t hark my cry: I LIKED the old lever machines…

1) There is no paper trail of any kind with those. The vote is recorded as a tick on a cog-wheel. There is no verification or audit possible.

2) I worked elections with those damn things. The “report” was generated by having the mechanical rotor pressed onto a big piece of paper, then copying the numbers onto various forms. It took hours and was extremely vulnerable to errors and manipulation.

3) Big, heavy, and very expensive to maintain and set up.

Good riddance, say I.

Comment from Mark
Time: November 4, 2010, 1:42 pm

For scr_north:
While the subpoenas MAY start to fly in January, there is NO certitude that they will be answered. The House may scream, but they have NO way to enforce their subpoenas. Do you REALLY think that ANY federal “Law Enforcement” are going to do ANYTHING to ANY member of the Administration who REFUSES to honor a subpoena, or who shows and then says all documentation has miraculously been lost?

And just HOW do you think that ABCNNBCBS and their dead-tree fellow travelers would report on something like that? Fair and balanced, you say? Yeah, right!

Comment from Mark
Time: November 4, 2010, 4:11 pm

From Drudge: “Washington, Alaska Senate races still up in the air; 10 House races uncalled…”:


Comment from bad cat robot
Time: November 4, 2010, 4:47 pm

My grumpiness is enhanced by the people I gave money to mostly losing. Except Col. West, who is so studly my political kryptonite did not affect him. Maybe next election I will give a token amount of money to politicians I hate, and watch them go down in flames.

I did wear my SweaselWear Zombie Reagan to the Election Day PuddingPalooza party in Seattle. It was admired.

Comment from Formerly known as Skeptic
Time: November 4, 2010, 6:33 pm

The DEM drones in Massachusetts were so bad that they elected a woman as state AUDITOR who declared 2 primary residences for the tax breaks (technically she says one was a “principle residence”, you figure out the difference) over a CPA who had previously been an auditor on the Turnpike Board and had the endorsement of EVERY major newspaper (yes, even the notoriously liberal Boston Globe). We either had thousands of drones marching to the polls to vote democrat party line or massive fraud. I’m still trying to figure out which though I’m still leaning toward the drones. After all, I live here and know how stupid the Massachusetts liberals can be. The loss to Barney hurt bad (I worked for Sean Bielat) especially since we expected it to at least be close.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 4, 2010, 7:10 pm

Hooray, Bad Cat Robot. I broke down and bought myself a Weasel t-shirt, and then realized I’d have a hell of a time explaining it. I don’t want my neighbors showing up on my blog; I couldn’t make fun of them.

I’m still trying to get a better attitude about this election. We did GREAT. We just didn’t do well where I particularly wanted us to.

And the endless snarky deconstruction of Delaware is making a maniac outta me.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: November 4, 2010, 7:45 pm

Well, we need to cram the lefties own shit sammich down their throats. They concentrated to virtual exclusion on destroying the Teaparty Women in the race. Personally, I believe that it was out of frustration that they couldn’t have them, but then again, I deeply believe that Liberals only like women they think they can fuck at will….

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: November 4, 2010, 7:56 pm

It’s certainly true here that the Left sets out to demonise Right wing women far more than it does men.

What they don’t seem to realise is the blinding sexism of that – not that they pick on women, but that they believe it inconceivable that a woman can be anything other than a socialist.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 4, 2010, 9:27 pm

Many, many years ago, I read an article by someone who had volunteered to help at the polls…somewhere like Boston. I think it was Boston. It was a horrifying tale of a few lost ballots here, a little leaning on the voting machine there. Just enough to make sure the district went the right way, but not too far. It was written up like, “heh…oh, well. Them’s the breaks.”

Barney Frank has made me think of that story many times.

Comment from Ric Locke
Time: November 4, 2010, 9:57 pm

Heh. Stoaty, I grew up in Texas in the Fifties.

The hard part about Texas politics is forcing yourself to be cynical enough.


Comment from Armybrat
Time: November 4, 2010, 9:57 pm

The election was actually better than most people realize. The repubs picked up 680 seats in state legislatures. Now that’s change worth gloating over.

Comment from scr_north
Time: November 4, 2010, 11:15 pm

For Mark:
Hi Mark, who cares about abcnbccbs etc. The one that counts now is Fox. They beat msnbc and cnn combined on election night (and consistantly beats msnbc, cnn and hln combined daily) and also individually beat abc, cbs and nbc on the main networks with fewer affiliates.
As far as officials ignoring a subpoena, that’s a very bad public picture even if the non Fox nets are crying “cheap politics”. Too many people will wonder why one of these people don’t just go to the hill and clear everything up…..unless…..

Comment from scr_north
Time: November 4, 2010, 11:29 pm

Sorry all, a correction to my prior post. From TVNewser I found the final ratings on the Network News and Fox did not beat the others. Sorry about that. They did do pretty good, doubling their viewership to 2.8 million but fell far short of the other networks. The winners were ABC, NBC and CBS. On the cable side though Fox did more then doubling up on the competition beating MSNBC, CNN and HLN combined.
I still think that for the purposes of my previous comment that Fox would be the only one that counts if it came to a reporting contest on officials refusing to honor a subpoena issued by the house.

Comment from Mark
Time: November 5, 2010, 4:04 am

Well, yeah, but that “counts” deal only goes with certain people. Others run around with their hands over their ears screaming “La, la, la, la, la. I can’t hear you!” every time someone turns the channel to Fox. And as you said above, it’s a minority that Foxercises…

Comment from scr_north
Time: November 5, 2010, 7:19 am

Hi Mark. You’re correct that an awful lot of people simply won’t listen to Fox. In the election coverage though, the Foxnews channel (not to be confused with the affiliates where Fox came in 4th with about 2.6 million viewers) actually had over 7 million viewers. If you add the Fox Affiliates and the Foxnews Channel together then they handily beat ABC (ABC doesn’t have a cable news channel) and NBC together. I think it’s fair to say that Foxnews probably has enough of a following that the other networks may be forced to follow their reporting should people refuse to answer subpoenas else risk more of their audience to Fox. Anyway, probably hammered this topic to death and we’re using up sweasel’s allotment of bits and bytes.

Comment from jwpaine
Time: November 5, 2010, 2:48 pm

I tried to googlemap Bumfuck and You Sure Got a Purdy Mouth, but couldn’t find it. Is that in Security?

Nope, Pavel. Walsenburg.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: November 5, 2010, 8:04 pm

Are you sure, JW? I could have sworn it was Trinidad…. 😉

Comment from Mark
Time: November 8, 2010, 12:34 pm

Still a buncha races in flux:

You may be able to hold off announcing the winner until after the 2012 elections! If the US isn’t in civil war by then…

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