Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Live-Blogging Election Day 2008

10:48am - Just prayed to Allah for an Obama victory tonight. I know I'm not the only one.

11:10am - Off to the polls.

11:16am - I brought a TIME magazine to read while waiting in line, but forget about it. My wait to fill out a ballot is a mere 90 seconds. Ah, yes, the good old-fashioned paper ballot. If it was good enough for my grandpappy, it's good enough for me. I just filled in the oval, heh, heh, just like the Oval Office for Barack Hussein Obama. Who the fuck put his middle name on the ballot? Mother fuckers! Recount, recount! Al Franken, check. Why? Because he's good enough, he's smart enough, and doggonit, he's a Democrat. Some of the lesser races I'm voting for the person whose signs I've seen around town the least. I figure they could use my vote much more than the other guys. Voted yes for increasing the sales tax about half a percent to care for our natural resources. Talk about a no-brainer. The machine I put my ballot in says that 583 have voted so far today. Most of the other people voting are between their twenties and forties. I assume all the seniors voted when the place opened at 7am.

11:42am - I put my Obama lawn sign in an even more prominent place than I had it before.

11:58am - An Obama volunteer rings the doorbell asking if I've voted yet.

12:31pm - For the first time ever, Zoe caught the frisbee I threw to her. This bodes well for tonight.

1:46pm - Off to take Zoe for a walk.

4:36pm - Heading to Friday's for an anticipatory celebration.

6:02pm - Vermont! (Obama has 3 electoral votes)

6:23pm - I'm watching MSNBC tonight, by the way.

7:03pm - Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Delaware, District of Columbia (103 EV)

8:04pm - New York, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Rhode Island (175 EV)

8:23pm - Ohio! (195)

8:32pm - New Mexico (200)

9:05pm - Iowa (207)

10:02pm - California, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii (284)

10:03pm - Barack Obama is elected President of the United States!!!

10:08pm - Virginia (297)

10:14pm - Colorado (306)

10:16pm - Florida (333)

10:36pm - Nevada (338)

11:22pm - My eyes well up as the families of Barack and Biden wave to the crowd.

12:03am - Taking a bath while reading the latest ish of Newsweek (this is getting to be navel-gazing to the nth).

1:09am - Indiana (349)


Rocketstar said...

I prayed to all of the imaginary gods, can't be too sure, maybe ONE of them is right.

Thomas said...

Good one, Rocket. As Darth Vader once said, "This will be a day long remembered".

Sarah said...

count me in with the senior crowd. i voted at 7:30 with a 0.0 second wait time.

Thomas said...

You gotta love the seniors (unless they disproportionally vote for McCain, that is).

Mags said...

Did they have the "Maverick's" middle name on there?

disestablishingpuritanism said...

Let's hope Obama and Franken pull it out. They're both smart enough and we like them. We really, really do. Nice idea to bring something to read.

Brian said...

It feels good exercising our American rights. I just returned from the booth. Gave Obama and Biden some voting love. Hopefully things go our way, as I think they will.

Stephanie said...

Lucky paper ballot voters! Did you get a 'I Voted' sticker? I bet you did, damn it! :( I want my sticker!

LOVE the Stuart Smalley reference!

Glad to hear that you are in a good mood and Zoe is performing! You might want to try some new tricks ... she may speak English! :-P

Should be an interesting evening.


Thomas said...

Mags, I was joking about the middle name thing (though it would've been funny to see John Sidney McCain on the ballot).

With you all the way, PJ & Brian.

Stephanie, I did get an "I Voted" sticker, but instead of wearing it, put it in my wallet. Sorry...

Timothy Smith said...

Florida will go for Obama. Thats game, set and match.

I call it for Obama 7:09PM Minnesota Meanderings time.

Sarah said...

i never got a damn sticker. :(

Thomas said...

Tim, Florida, huh? We shall see.

Sarah, bummer. I believe you can get some circular red stickers online that say, "I Farted". :P

Stephanie said...

"Stephanie, I did get an "I Voted" sticker, but instead of wearing it, put it in my wallet."

Awe, Thomas ... you sweet thing, you! You saved the sticker and are planning on mailing it to me? YIPPEE!!! :)

"i never got a damn sticker. :("

Sarah, I say we protest! I WANT MY STICKER!

Timothy Smith said...

I bought a "future president" shirt for my son (he is 2) the last time I was in D.C. So I dressed him in that and we all pasted our "I voted" stickers on him.

He then made a point to take them all off and paste them back on all of us.

Stephanie said...

P.S. I love your up-to-the-minute postings!!!

Stephanie said...

Congrats, friend!!! :)

I just hope he really has 'change' in mind. We need it as a nation.

I sincerely hope nobody cuts his term short.

Thomas said...

Tim, great story and you were right about Florida.

Many thanks, Stephanie. As you alluded to, there's much work to be done. Have a good night, my Southern friend!

houstonmacbro said...

Thanks for a great post!

Mags said...

SO excited and proud today!!!

Mags said...

PS. It must have been your sign that did it. ;)

disestablishingpuritanism said...


As Robin eloquently said at one point while watching MSNBC, our state has come down with herpes. The blue was able to cleanse away that filth in the end. What an event at Grant Park in Chicago. This is when we're at our best. We all know the challenges we confront our vast and complex, but I'm confident that Barack and those in Congress will get us there. Big props should go to Howard Dean. He has been instrumental in the DNC's success.

Thomas said...

Houston, you're welcome.

Mags, I feel the same. It was so windy yesterday afternoon that my 'Bama sign blew away which says to me the sky's the limit. :)

PJ, great to see that Georgia was close. I was also really feeling the love while watching the Grant Park event. The dreams of millions were realized a mere 15 hours ago and you couldn't find a nicer guy to help lead the Dems to victory than Howard Dean.