November 6, 2012

It's Election Day!

Get out there and vote!

94 comments:

mccullough said...

In many of the states, it's been Election Day for the past several weeks.

wholelottasplainin' said...

Get out and Vote...for Romney/Ryan as if you life depended on it ---because it does.

Tim said...

Or don't vote:

http://mises.org/daily/6267/Voting-The-Seen-and-the-Unseen

Either way, we'll end up with a president who will expand government spending, increase the debt, use military force unnecessarily against other countries, support the arrests of people whose only crime was smoking, ignore our civil liberties with things like the patriot act, etc.

We'll all lose either way.

bagoh20 said...

This is by far the closest I have ever watched an election. I don't think I'll do it again. I feel like tomorrow is the last day of work before a big vacation.

Kansas City said...

Below is link to relatively discouraging report from Romney insiders. Pretty good indication the "leak" of the internal poll showing plus 1 in Ohio was a fake or a feint. My hope is the Wisconsin/Colorado path saves the day.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/332617/romney-s-path-270-robert-costa

Kansas City said...

One positive note is that the Gallup and hopefully other Obama upticks in national polling were generated on the East Coast, where there are no swing states (other than relatively unhit VA and NH).

Suprising that purported guru Silvers put so much hype in them, but then he obviously is all in at this point.

Emery Calame said...

I already early voted on Oct. 23.

but I am a robot said...

Don't know if I can sleep.

Methadras said...

Finally, the election fatigue will be over.

wyo sis said...

Stay cheerful Tim.

SCOTTtheBADGER said...

I most assuredly shall. When I was just a wee small badger, my grandparents lived Cokato, MN. Nearby Dassell, MN has a huge hatchery. They have a large chick out in front of the hatchery, and my Mom and my Aunt tell me that when I was around 2 or so, whenever we would rive by the chick, I would point to it, and yell AWK-AWK!

I go to the local Pizza Ranch on Weds. for the buffet. Their pizza is adequate, but the chicken is superb. So let us hope on Wednesday, I shall be snarfing down the AWK-AWK of victory, rather than the salad bar of despair.

loudogblog said...

I actually had a candidate for city council knock on my door yesterday and personally make a pitch to vote for him. That's the first time that's ever happened to me.

loudogblog said...

I actually had a candidate for city council knock on my door yesterday and personally make a pitch to vote for him. That's the first time that's ever happened to me.

Chip Ahoy said...

Bin there dunit.

Rather, I'd like to take my camera and a few good lenses and do some poll watching and some good solid reporting.

And then I realized they probably won't appreciate me bringing a camera into the dance club but I could still have a few drinks and watch the girls.

Tim said...

@wyo sis

I'm almost always cheerful, but when the government gets involved nothing good ever happens.

Chip Ahoy said...

Psychologists tell us that during times of prolonged stress and emotional fatigue felt continuously on a subconscious level over time leads to depression and anxiety.

Short diversions are recommended that transport and momentarily refocus the individual off troubling matters and onto simpler things of truth and beauty and goodness thus a psychological realignment occurs and the person is better able to pick up with daily life on a balanced and even keel.

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Aaaaaw I just made that up. Pimping the birds. They're cute. From around here, up there by Red Rocks in Morrison. You make noise like that and ping the birds just cut out. But this time of year they are already long gone.

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Chip S. said...

Phenomenal pix, Chip.

I do feel more relaxed now. Thx.

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Chip S. said...

That's nice, but which candidate does your mother support?

Unknown said...

Can Jews vote in this election?

- Curious in Bermuda.

Nena's 99 Luftballons Song said...

International Absentee Ballot sent in September. Bonus: US Postage Paid.

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rastajenk said...

Good Morning from the great Battleground state of Oiho. I'm getting ready to do my poll worker thing, ready to deliver a forearm shiver into the noggin of anyone that wants to cast a provisional ballot in my precinct contra the established rules and reasons.

I'm still predicting that there will be no winner announced tonight. Ohio will have a half a million provisionals that can't even be counted for 11 more days. If it's as close as some predict, the outcome will be in those provisionals. That's your Help America Vote Act at work.

mesquito said...

Damn. Awake at 3:30. I hope it's an early night.

sleepless nights said...

I was so depressed about the federal situation, I almost didn't vote even with the absentee right in front of me. But I finally filled it out and I'm glad I did. The other measures were definitely something I would want a say in, however small.

Michael Haz said...

Electoral college votes 326-212 Romney.

Richard said...

" … When you go to the polls, remember that we are broke. Whatever they promise you, those are just promises. Like money printed out of nothing, it means nothing. You can choose to embrace sanity now, or it will surely be forced on you later, at great cost in blood, sweat and tears. There is no cake. The cake is a lie. We’ve come to the end of cake." --Sarah Hoyt

Bryan C said...

"We'll all lose either way."

The perfect is the enemy of the good, Tim. Will Romney further tarnish the name of capitalism? Got me. At some point, however, I have to stop worrying about what people will think in 8 years and start looking at actual policies.

I do know with absolute certainty that voting for Ron Paul would have been as useful as voting for Ronald Reagan. And that sitting at home and sulking about how awful everyone is while stupid people ruin the country will make things worse.

Matthew Sablan said...

I voted. I also saw a deer while voting. My day is pretty much complete at this point.

Ali Karim Bey said...

Prof Ann and Meade:

If POTUS Obama wins, then two things have happened:

- SANDY == OCTOBER SURPRISE

- PRESS, esp. NYT == DECIDER

NB: I mentioned on Monday last that Sandy was the October surprise and that it will left Obama pass Benghazi silence. I also have said many times how NYT has made itself the conscience of voters.

NB2: I voted for Romney on Friday week before last.

Let us see what happens today. I am prepared to start crying.

Issob Morocco said...

And for Chicago Dems and the dead, early and often!

Nov. 6th

pm317 said...

Yay!

Defeat the college drop-out media whores, Vote Romney.

Paco Wové said...

"...ready to deliver a forearm shiver into the noggin..."

Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system!

Chip Ahoy said...

You know what's really good before a long day of waiting in line to vote? A nice hot plate of biscuits and gravy, that's what. This is chicken gravy with chunks of shredded roasted chicken. Can you stand it?

Recommendation: avoid coffee. You know, it's not good for you. Works on your nerves. Your poor little nerves. Your last good nerves. Better to have something mild that won't make you break out of line to go have wee. Something like Ovaltine.

alan markus said...

Better to have something mild that won't make you break out of line to go have wee

When you are male and hitting your mid 50's you start paying more attention to what/when/how much you drink and where you will be after that.

Clyde said...

I early-voted last Thursday here in Florida. I was wise enough to fill out my sample ballot in advance, since I knew that the ballot was four pages, front and back (the last one was blank), so having my picks on the sample ballot really sped up the process of filling in the ballot. I showed up fifteen minutes before the polls opened and was done by 7:30, for a total of 45 minutes. And I voted for every last Republican, from Romney down to the county commissioners, becaus if Obama is re-elected (God forbid!) I don't want him to have any more friends to help him.

Don't Tread 2012 said...

What Richard posted.

We have learned, despite the best efforts of the 'press', about what 'CHANGE' means in the hearts of Obama and the progressives that have hijacked a once proud democrat party.

It is their intention to cede American sovereignty to the globalists and the UN.

In short, America as we have known it, is in the final stages of life. The America-hating self-loathing progressives began their assault almost 100 years ago under Woodrow Wilson, and have 'progressively' pushed America 'forward', towards the brink of doom in the form of crippling debt.

Liberty must be tirelessly defended. Yes, our freedoms have been incrementally eroded by progressives, but today, they will hear us.

Be confident, for voting today is our expression of freedom.

AllenS said...

Just remember, Republicans vote today, Tuesday, and Democrats vote tomorrow, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

edutcher said...

The Blonde and I can't wait. She had me download a sample ballot and marked off her choices, she's that pumped up.

wholelottasplainin' said...

Get out and Vote...for Romney/Ryan as if you life depended on it ---because it does.

And vote Republican for US Senate.

Let's send Harry Reid back to the bush leagues.

PS There's a story Zero is going to claim victory early to "demoralize" Republicans.

Be forewarned.

Get the word out.

Christopher said...

Just voted here in PA.

On a related note there are reports of Dems. kicking Rep. poll watchers out of polling places.

Matthew Sablan said...

I don't think the story about claiming victory early will pan out. It just seems like a silly risk to take and would make the winner seem small. I expect the news networks to play it safe and not call VA or FL for quite a bit.

Christopher said...

Edutcher,

I suppose that could could backfire as potential supporters may stay at home if they think it's in the bag.

Matthew Sablan said...

Remember, also, that next to April Fool's Day, Election Day is one of the biggest times for false stories to get play. Slashed tires, illegal electioneering, etc., etc.

Be skeptical, stay frosty and demand proof before repeating rumors you hear. I don't doubt people on both sides will do some shady things, but without proof, rumor mongering won't help your candidate.

Troubled Voter said...

and follow your gut! straight into the echo chamber of the right wing blogosphere where there's NO WAY romney can lose!

Triangle Man said...

If Obama wins I predict many comments about how much more gracious Romney is in defeat than Obama wold have been.

Pogo said...

Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.
― Abraham Lincoln

rhhardin said...

On the bright side, all the atomic clocks are finally indicating the same hour after Sunday's confusion.

Shanna said...

I'll be voting around lunchtime. Generally, voting on election day seems to be easier than early voting (many, many more precincts available!) so hopefully I can get in and out.

Also, I get a kick out of the little old lady registrars checking a big book with my name in it.

Matthew Sablan said...

I found it weird that as soon as I said my name, both the D- and R- poll watcher scanned through their strike lists. The R- poll watcher's face lit up as he could strike my name off. I think this is going to be a fun day for one of them.

James said...

Here's the line at my polling place 30 minutes before voting starts...in 34 degree weather. Most of these people are Romney votes; they told me as much.

http://i.imgur.com/F5yqz.jpg

Triangle Man said...

I will not be surprised to see a split decision in Wisconsin with Obama and Thompson winning in our fine state.

Robert Cook said...

I was at my polling place at 6:30 a.m. today. I stood in line, voted, and was out the door just minutes before 7:00 a.m. It was 33 degrees out.

I didn't vote for either of the fraternal twins of Wall Street being fronted by the two long-discredited major parties.

My valiant efforts notwithstanding, we know that the winner will be either Shitty or Shittier.

LincolnTf said...

Good one, Pogo.

Carnifex said...

I voted! I liked it so much, I did it twice!!

dreams said...

The more power we give to government or allow it to acquire then the more important it is who controls that power which is yet another reason for less government.

I saw on Fox News how Home Depot prepared in advance for the storm as compared to Fema. Guess which one was better prepared to have what was needed where it was needed. The private sector has a better understanding of the law of supply and demand. Think about this example, despite a limited supply of gas, New York officials foolishly increased the demand by announcing free gas thus quickly running out of their limited supply.

rhhardin said...

Be forewarned.

Forehanded is forearmed.

a psychiatrist who learned from veterans said...

Nice catch on Johnson's rationale for voting Libertarian. I suppose being a lawyer allows you not to get an obsessional neurosis in noticing such things. Less irreverently, it appears that voting Libertarian means you think the government should manufacture 2 different brands of marijuana cigarettes. That way you have the freedom to choose.

Nathan Alexander said...

If Obama wins I predict many comments about how much more gracious Romney is in defeat than Obama wold have been.

Good thing we won't have to read comments like that.

/false bravado

Chip Ahoy said...

Did you notice down there in a previous thread, recent, a few down, a commenter said something about racism that was challenged. I think the original comment was something about our splendidly interracially mixed country being fundamentally racist to its core. That was challenged, and then the part where my attention arrested the commenter persisted, "can I just get someone here to agree that there is at least one single racist person in this country?"

Is that a stunning thing to ask?

It sounded positively biblical.

That's an episode in the book of J, the Jahwist, portions of the first five books lifted identified through a unique use of language.

Part of it's strangeness is Abraham negotiating with God. Will you destroy the good with the wicked? And God goes, What good? There isn't any good down there in those two cities. And Abraham is terrified and fearfully suggests there might be. And God is all, WHAT? Find me 100 and I'll spare 'em and Abraham goes okay.

Oops. Then Abraham started to worry. Maybe he'd have trouble finding 100 in time so he starts bartering, 50 45 30, each time thinking he's really pushing it and God might just clobber him, it's bit comical and quit pathetic, written in a sarcastic tone. The writer could work of Jon Stewart today. Eventually Abraham gets down to one. Find one good man. The comment today was like that in reverse. Surely there's one racist in America.

Yes, agreed, surely there is.

Carnifex said...

@Chip Ahoy,

Not to nit pick your poll watching but that kind of poll is spelled p o l e. Ahh, the vagaries of a mispent youth. And middle age. And old age.

@Tinglesman

If Zero looses, I predict many many lawsuits. It's what they do. It's ingrained in every neuron in their brain...something didn't work out like you wanted? Get the gubment to fix it for ya'.

Matthew Sablan said...

I'm seeing more than one place reporting about the Republican poll watchers being kicked out in PA and replaced with uh... apparently New Black Panther members, so, maybe my warnings of taking those reports with a grain of salt was a bit pre-emptive, since it may very well turn out to be true. Or not. Someone'll post pictures soon enough if true.

Saint Croix said...

R.C. which one is shitty?

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Voted in NH @7:15

Longest lines I ever saw. This was pre-work voting.

I'm not saying this was a good or bad sign for either side. Our town is pretty evenly split Dem/Rep, an that includes an even split amongst the go-to-work crowd.

Saint Croix said...

If Obama wins

sell your stocks, raise cash, buy silver.

Scott said...

IF WE WIN BIG, THEY CAN'T CHEAT! Your future is calling. Get out and vote!

Darrell said...

Will Obama declare victory early in the day, like the Leftie brain trust is urging him to do?

Wouldn't surprise me.

Robert Cook said...

"R.C. which one is shitty?"

They both are.

Big Mike said...

I voted. My precinct is in the heart of left-wing lunatic land, but mirable dictu! the Republicans had four volunteers handing out sample ballots and were fortified with coffee and donuts while the Democrats had one, forlorn, lady handing out sample ballots. In the sixteen years I've lived in Northern Virginia it's always been the other way 'round at this precinct.

Inside the lines to vote were 10-12 people long. And there were at least as many Republican sample ballots clutched in people's hands as Democrat.

I was certain that Romney-Ryan would win Virginia handily, but the notion that this very left-of-center precinct might be even close to competitive for Republicans is simply amazing.

Matthew Sablan said...

I find sample ballots annoying. I never grab them.

wyo sis said...

They say Obama will win big early in the day, then people will get off work and vote and It'll swing to Romney. Are there enough people who still have jobs?

rcommal said...

Remember, also, that next to April Fool's Day, Election Day is one of the biggest times for false stories to get play. Slashed tires, illegal electioneering, etc., etc.

Be skeptical, stay frosty and demand proof before repeating rumors you hear. I don't doubt people on both sides will do some shady things, but without proof, rumor mongering won't help your candidate.


This.

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campy said...

IF WE WIN BIG, THEY CAN'T CHEAT!

Oh yes they can.

AllenS said...

With 41º drizzly weather, I drove to the Alden Town Hall in Polk County, WI., to cast my vote. No line. I was in and out in record breaking time.

mark said...

Republicans,

To win we need to beat the margin of fraud.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/11/are-the-democrats-trying-to-steal-pennsylvania.php

S. said...

Vote #96, Ward #98. About a 25 minute wait in line. Not bad.

John said...

Have exercised my right to complain for 4 more years. No sitting on blisters here in the land of Lincoln.

James said...

After watching so many retired and elderly people queue up long before the polling places opened, I'm confident that Romney will win Wisconsin quite easily. These people didn't have to get up early and wait in the cold but they did.

AllenS said...

S., just reminded me that I was voter 114. This is a rural town hall. So there.

bagoh20 said...

My Final Prediction:
Romney 310 / Obama 228

Note: Romney up 92K in OH early voting?

Nathan Alexander said...

Here's why Romney will win:
- Dem turnout numbers down
- WI, MI, MN, PA suddenly in MOE or actual ties in the last week of election, when polling accuracy becomes more important to the companies than propaganda
- President Obama (Mr Cool) crying
- that President Obama said "Voting is the best revenge" is what someone who knows he can't win says
- the sullen look on his face as he said "Voting is the best revenge"
- last-minute campaigning and ad buys in IA, PA, OH, WI, MI, MN for both campaigns mean Romney is surging in these "firewall" states. If Obama were going to win the battle would be in Missouri, Florida, North Carolina, Montana, Nebraska (for the split vote)
- The Obama Campaign telling supporters during conference call to not worry if early totals show Romney up
- Obama drew 4k to Cleveland a few days ago, where he drew 80k 4 years ago
- Obama underdrawing expectations in Madisaon
- the fact that Obama spent several key hours the day before the election campaigning in Madison (!!!)
- Romney has been drawing crowds that endure uncomfortable weather to exceed expectations AND venue capacity
- EPA rushing to complete plans to enact regulations during lame duck period should Obama lose
- Obama tired, flinty, bitter vs Romney relaxed, happy, calm
- No one disputes Romney is winning independents by 22 points
- Obama apparently cannibalized its solid voters for the early vote, rather than new/sporadic voters; Romney has eroded the lead using sporadic/new/weak voters, saving the solid voters for today

I'll add more if I think of additional ones.

MadisonMan said...

I voted last week.

The daughter reported that she arrived at 7:03 and the line was out the door. And that the machine that eats the ballot was broken. So people were just leaving ballots in the care of the pollworkers, and that was that. I think the pollworkers were waiting on someone with a key or something.

Curious George said...

Just voted in east Tosa. About 10 minute wait. I heard on the radio that turnout in GOP areas is huge...not so much in DNC areas. Of course a lot of DNC voters need to sober up first....

Freeman Hunt said...

Last night I dreamed that Obama was my dentist. I like going to the dentist, so there was no negative connotation there. He was a very good dentist. Very phlegmatic.

Darrell said...

Last night Andy R dreamed that Obama was his proctologist. But why should last night be different than any other night?

Geoff Matthews said...

I voted last week. Are you telling me to do it again?

Freeman Hunt said...

That may be the first time a politician has been in one of my dreams.

bagoh20 said...

Yes, it's election day, and let's accept the shame we deserve for allowing this...AGAIN:

http://youtu.be/-7rkSmdDIIU

Geraldus Maximus said...

Freeman said:
Last night I dreamed that Obama was my dentist.

I'm glad that turned out to be an OK dream. My initial picture was Obama asking you, "Is it safe?!"

Hint: It's not safe. Romney >+5

bagoh20 said...

And this:

http://twitchy.com/2012/11/06/gop-inspectors-reportedly-kicked-out-of-multiple-philadelphia-polling-places/

WTF? What is this, Iran?

kimsch said...

I voted here in Lake County, Illinois around 10 am. I didn't have to wait in line, but I had good timing. There was no one in my letter line, then no one at the precinct line, and an open booth just as I needed one. The machine that eats the ballots was open just as I got there too. I had one lady ask to see if there were initials on my ballot. There were three machines to eat ballots, two precincts to each machine, so the guy at the machine made sure my number matched the machine.

I've never seen that kind of crowd at 10 am. The pollworkers told me that it's been steady all morning and there was a line at 6 am when they opened.

I'm in the new 10th CD (it was 8th before). There's actually a chance that the 10th could make the difference for Illinois in this election. It's a long, long shot, but there is hope for change.

Freeman Hunt said...

I think Obama missed his calling.