Saturday, November 06, 2004

The shape of things to come, courtesy Greil Marcus.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Good Christ. Bush just claimed with a straight face that 125,000 Iraqi troops would be trained and ready by (Iraqi) election time.

Same as it ever was, same as it ever was...
In response to the first thing Bush was asked at his press conference this afternoon:

Now that I have the will of the people behind me, I'm going to start enforceing the 'one question' rule. That was three questions.

He may have been joking, but he wasn't smiling.

Oh, and when asked what kinds of judges he might appoint to the Supreme Court he said, "Look at my record."

I feel ill.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

More on the popular vote:

Four years ago, the turnout was about 105 million. Right now, the total this time around seems to be about 113 million.

Given all the anecdotal evidence of new registrations, stupidly long lines, people voting after midnight etc. etc., does this even remotely make sense? An increase of eight million voters probably isn't much above demographic shift and population growth (population growth would have been about 13 million people since 2000; and about 16 million kids would have become of voting age since 2000).

By my very rough math, that means the turnout percentage basically didn't budge from 2000's 50%-ish.

So again I ask: what happened to the huge GOTV efforts? What happened to that record voter turnout?
I think the word I'm searching for is "desolation".

Here's my question to sleep on: how can the much-circulated exit poll numbers have been so wrong about the presidential race, but pretty much nail all the Senate races, including wins by Thune, Bunning and Salazar?

No, two questions: what happened to the estimated 120 million voter turnout?

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Bush is making one last campaign stop in Ohio this morning.

Translation: Not even Jeb is gonna be able to steal Florida for us this time...
And so it begins... the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has OK'ed challengers in Ohio polling places.

Sigh. Let's hope there's no violence -- as Carville said on CNN this morning, African-American voters are liable to get "testy" if their rights are challenged.

Monday, November 01, 2004

OK, here's my EV prediction:

Kerry 360
Bush 178

That's Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arkansas, New Mexico, Iowa, Hawaii, Colorado and Nevada all Kerry...

...as well as Virgina, West Virginia and Missouri as the surprises, also Kerry.

In other words, an ass-whuppin'.
Theresa LaPore, designer of the world famous butterfly ballot, has a new bag. This time 'round, instead of subverting people's right to vote, she's decided to go after press freedom instead.

Too bad Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS is already taken as a nickname.
As Google News shows, Osama's tape still dominates the mediasphere (3500+ stories).

The polls have already put lie to the "this can only help Bush" meme. So without a bin Laden bounce, Cheney/Bush is forced to resort to the usual.
Why the hell do I watch this crap? Why do I put myself through this?

CNN's Kelly Wallace just described Kerry going to church for All-Saints Day this morning as "a last-ditch attempt to court Catholic voters".

No, it can't be a genuine expression of faith. That's George "Avoids Going to Church Like He Was a Vampire" Bush's schtick!
Another South American election, another win by a 'leftist' -- and of course by 'leftist' what they mean is 'not approved by traditional US foreign policy'.

Despite the calls from Big Media that another socialist has won in the south, Uruguay wasn't exactly a capitalist paradise, nor is Vazquez a wannabe Commie. The country has long had social policies which would be called 'socialist' up here, while among his campaign promises, Vazquez indicated he would curb spending to help alleviate the current recession.

Don't you hate it when the facts don't fit the script?
CNN's reporting that Rehnquist didn't make it in to work today.

One more reason to make sure Bush doesn't get another term, although it wouldn't surprise me if he tried to cram in a recess appointment for Rehnquist even when (OK... if) he loses tomorrow.
So not only have we topped 1000 fatalities in Iraq, we've topped 100 criminal investigations... lovely.

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