November 3, 2004

So, How'd It Go?


Posted by James at November 3, 2004 4:07 AM
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Well, getting a head start on "lean years," through simple anxiety I seem to have burned off the entire plate of brownies which I bought (and ate) to support the Friends of the Library when I voted yesterday. I forgot how much weight I lost in graduate school.

I don't think Bush gave a victory speech, did he? I think that they're all going to wait for the provisional ballots to be counted.

Perhaps I will live on a river in Egypt for a bit longer. If only I could convince my brain so that I might sleep!

Posted by: Maggie at November 3, 2004 6:46 AM

So much for sanity and common sense prevailing. I cannot believe so many people buy into the bullshit and lies.

Posted by: Jim at November 3, 2004 8:19 AM

Nice picture. Sums it up nicely, I think.

Posted by: Bob at November 3, 2004 8:24 AM

Did you catch Andrew Card on TV at 5:45 A.M. this morning? He declared Bush the winner, saying Bush's lead is "statistically insurmountable." He then, magnanimously, said that the Bush camp would give the Kerry camp time to think, or words to that effect. I just tried to listen to Card's speech to get the exact words, but I couldn't get through it.

Then he saluted.

Was he a general? I'm going to start saluting.

More than anything, it's the smugness that annoys me.

NOTE: The Christian Right is strengthening their strangle hold on MY country and I don't like it.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 3, 2004 8:39 AM

Here's what Card said (from

President Bush is convinced he has won re-election, but will hold off a formal victory declaration to give Democrat John Kerry "time to reflect" on the results, White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card told supporters in Washington this morning.

Note how Bush didn't do any of this himself. Following his typical MO, he sent one of his surrogates to do it, so that, as Bob said this morning, if he ends up the loser, he doesn't look like an idiot.

Well, he already is an idiot, so...

As I told my sister Sue this morning, the country gets the president it deserves. Nobody likes the smart kid in the class, which is a large part of Bush's appeal: he's not as dumb as he makes himself out to be, but people like that he's not an intellectual threat.

If he wants the Iraq mess, the budget mess, and all the rest, perhaps it's not so bad to say "take it." Except for the Supereme Court nominees that will be made in the next 4 years. Why else would they have brought Pickering into the mix if not to put him on the Supreme Court?

Good luck to us.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 3, 2004 8:46 AM

My stomach hurts, but my head doesn't. Obviously I didn't drink enough. I went to bed shortly after 12:30 when it became clear that there was no good reason to stay up (and also the wine was knocking me out). Now I see that there was also no good reason to get out of bed. :-P

Posted by: Julie at November 3, 2004 9:08 AM

Yes, on the bright side Bush is saddled with this mess. But I am not hopeful about what he'll do with it.

Posted by: James at November 3, 2004 9:08 AM

Maybe he'll outsource his job. Oh, wait...he doesn't actually do it himself now...

Posted by: Patti M. at November 3, 2004 9:11 AM

Great picture, James. I agree, that sums it up perfectly.

I think the definition of the word American is changing into something I do not believe in.

Posted by: Mike at November 3, 2004 10:12 AM

My friend Chris suggests this:

Posted by: Patti M. at November 3, 2004 10:57 AM

You can't get away from America by emmigrating. We need an America that works, not to get away from it. America needs us. It may be fearful and misguided, but it needs us.

Besides, New England is practically like another country by now.

Posted by: James at November 3, 2004 12:35 PM

... there is a nice blue block on top of the nation, is it wrong to hope we can just break away and not look back?

I stayed up till 4:30... even though the moment i heard Florida announced i felt all my optimism and happiness drain from me. i just sat there stunned and started to cry. ugh.

Posted by: Beck at November 3, 2004 1:05 PM

hmmm. Well, there we have it. America is owned. The christian kooks run the roost. Sorry, but it's true. It's time we take a good hard look at how disenfranchised the Democratic party is. Can it be any more obvious? The Republicans can literally run a chimp as their candidate, and they will lock up the vote. That sounds like a pretty solid vote of no confidence in the Dems.

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Oh, here's what people in Canada are thinking:


Posted by: Rui at November 3, 2004 2:42 PM

Careful what you say, Rui. This blog could be considered a grave threat to the boy emperor. James, if some guys who look like Agent Smith are at you front door, DON'T ANSWER IT!

Seriously, the image captures the essence nicely. Welcome to the Divided States of America.

Emigrating may not fix the problem, but I feel like we took a pretty good stab at fixing it this time around. We gave it a monumental effort and we lost ground. Bush ended up with a larger lead in electoral and popular vote than last time.

How do you help someone who refuses to believe in reality or admit there is a problem. We can't exactly hold an intervention for the rest of the country.

Posted by: briwei at November 3, 2004 3:25 PM

Rui, I did a little editing of your post. I'm attributing the comment to your anger, which I understand. But I'd like to see the rhetoric back away from that line a bit.

Let's channel our energy productively. A period of sinking in is natural, but don't concede this fight. The election is a battle, not the war.

Posted by: James at November 3, 2004 3:46 PM

I think that this is the most appropriate picture possible of the American Situation

Posted by: Tina at November 6, 2004 6:43 PM

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