I’ve always wanted to do this, so here goes. I’m going to keep at it until we have a result or I have to go to bed – whichever comes first. Hit your refresh button for the latest.
5:20 – I’ve had a shower, put on my pajamas, and I’m fixing a gallon of iced tea while watching election coverage on MSNBC. This is better than reality television. Let the games begin!
5:25 – Just wanted to share one of the most compelling and moving political photos that I’ve seen today, which was taken during a campaign event that Barack Obama held yesterday in Charlotte, NC. This was as he shared comments about his grandmother, who had just passed away hours earlier. So sad, but it’s refreshing to see the human side of a candidate every once in a while.
5:30 – Drudge says Obama is winning big; up +15 in Pennsylvania. Let’s hope this is just the beginning of a stellar evening!
5:40 – It gave me a great sense of satisfaction to watch Obama cast his vote early this morning. My coworkers and I gathered around the set to watch as he calmly interacted with his family and then received applause before leaving the polling place. As a Caucasian, it’s hard for me to comprehend what an overwhelming sense of pride he must have felt to be able to cast a presidential vote for a person of color, but I could almost feel it in my bones. I certainly felt a sense of excitement all day that this election will not only change history, but also how the different races in this country interact with one another.
5:45 – Some of Kentucky’s polls closed a few minutes ago and with 1% of the vote in, JM is ahead 68-31%. Ugh. I knew this state would go red, but I hope it turns out a little closer than this.
5:50 – I received a joke text message from someone today that said due to long lines at the polls, Democrats should wait until tomorrow to vote. I replied with “Dems aren’t as gullible as retardicans!” Snicker, snicker.
5:56 – Looks like Elizabeth Dole is going to bite the dust, which means it’s the first time since 1952 that neither a Bush or a Dole is holding elected office. Do you hear that collective “Whew!” reverberating across the country?
6:00 – They just projected KY for McCain and Vermont for Obama.
6:01 – I’m very curious about the results of anti-gay measures like Proposition 8 in California and Amendment 2 in Florida.
6:06 – Still too close to call the race between Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell and Bruce Lunsford. I hope after 24 years, we can get rid of Mitch.
6:12 – Here’s raw video of Black Panthers intimidating voters in Philadephia. Police were soon called to remove them from the entrance of the polling place. Idiots.
6:20 – I’ve switched to CNN. Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews get on my nerves.
6:23 – Read what one of the coolest people on the planet did with their vote today.
6:25 – These early election results are killing me! My fingernails aren’t going to last long at this rate.
6:30 – It’s ironic that I upgraded my satellite programming last night so that I’d have more news channels to watch, but I’m still watching CNN.
6:34 – Have I seriously already been doing this over an hour?
6:37 – These pundits are scaring me. Apparently Obama isn’t performing as strongly as previously expected, but it’s still really early.
6:41 – Let’s check out the enemy… Fox News Channel. This should be interesting.
6:42 – FNC just called West Virginia for JM. Argh.
6:49 – Back to MSNBC. FNC wasn’t nearly as enraging as I’d imagined.
7:00 – Via MSNBC: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Delaware, District of Columbia for Obama!!!
7:13 – Howard Dean makes my eyes and head hurt.
7:28 – Seventy percent of WordPress users would choose Barack Obama as president in an ongoing poll, which includes participants from all over the world.
7:33 – Shocking news… Alabama for JM. Whodathunkit?
7:39 – I can’t help but wonder how this night might be going if Hillary had been the Democratic nominee. Would she be doing better or worse than Obama against John McCain?
7:45 – I keep seeing footage of the thousands of BO supporters gathered in Chicago for the victory rally. I sooooo wish I were there.
7:54 – Why does any news channel (cough*MSNBC*cough) care what that evil, scheming Tom Delay thinks?
8:01 – Via MSNBC: New York, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Rhode Island for Obama!!
8:20 – McConnell is projected to squeak out a win in KY.
8:22 – Ohio for Obama!!!
8:32 – New Mexico for Obama. He just hit 200 electoral votes. Only 70 to go!
8:45 – According to MSNBC, there is no way for McCain to win at this point. Barack will exceed 270 electoral votes with the remaining blue states alone!
9:02 – I wish they would call Florida already!
9:09 – John Rich is performing at McCain headquarters. LMAO.
9:26 – I’ve gotten so used to being disappointed on election night that I’m a little scared to let myself go and enjoy the moment. The networks still haven’t officially called the election for BO, but you can tell that they know it’s over. They keep showing the growing celebratory crowds in NY and Chicago and talking about the implications of Obama’s win.
9:53 – FNC just called Virginia for Obama, only the second time the state has went blue in 50 years.
10:00 – MSNBC just projected Barack Obama as president of the United States!! We made history, boys and girls! I started this evening with a picture of a tearful BO, so I want to end with one of him smiling. Good night, everybody!!
I’ve went back and forth several times during this campaign cycle. I’ve supported John Edwards and Ron Paul, but I remember being excited many months ago when I heard that Hillary Rodham Clinton would be running for president. Wow! A female president? Lord knows that males have been screwing it up for long enough that maybe it was time to let the other gender give it a try.
That infatuation quickly subsided as Mrs. Clinton was portrayed by the media as a polished politician who was part of the Washington establishment that we’ve all come to loathe. It got to the point where it just didn’t seem cool to support her – after all, most of Hollywood and the music industry were jumping up and down about a young senator from Illinois.
Try as I might, I just couldn’t figure out what all the hoopla was about, but I figured if John Edwards, Oprah, and Nicole Richie were supporting Obama, then I would be really stupid not to join in. I tried to look beyond the questions that I had about Barack – his history and his lack of experience – and I even got to the point that I began wishing that Clinton would drop out so that we could finally settle on a nominee – something the Republicans seemed to have no problem doing.
All of that changed today.
Senator Hillary Clinton stopped by our little town to convince the hundreds of people gathered that she is the best choice we can make when we vote in our primary this Tuesday. I didn’t go with high expectations, realizing that I was still undecided about which Democrat I would be choosing when I entered the voting booth. I just figured that it would be silly not to go hear what she had to say, especially given the fact that most politicians don’t even know that my town exists.
After waiting in a line that stretched almost halfway around the block, going through a security checkpoint that would rival that of any airport, and securing a spot just a few yards from the podium, we were greeted by the former First Lady. I was impressed with her demeanor, her words, and her humanity. She didn’t seem at all like the evil woman that she is often portrayed as online and by the mainstream media. She was humble, eloquent, and she seemed genuinely concerned about the welfare of millions of hard-working Americans.
She made a hilarious comparison between politics are cars, saying that when you’re driving and you want to go forward, you choose a “D”; when you want to go backwards, you choose an “R.” She talked about the importance of health insurance for everyone, lessening our dependence on foreign oil, bringing the troops home, and improving the economy.
The thing that really made me think was when she said that we should view this election as a hiring process. Which candidate did we think was the most qualified to perform the tasks that are needed to get this country back on track? That’s a no-brainer.
Obama might be idealistic, likable, and a great public speaker, but Clinton has the experience. She was a governor’s wife, she served as First Lady during eight years of peace and prosperity, and she’s a multi-term senator. Her husband took a country with record debt and gave it a record surplus. Sure, the Clintons aren’t perfect, but I do believe they know how to lead a country.
So, on Tuesday, I’ll be casting my vote to hire Hillary for the job. Then I’ll head home and wait for the press to point out how poor, white, and uneducated Kentuckians are voting for the “uncool” candidate.