What’s certain is that rain won’t be a factor. Everything else is up for grabs. Play nice and comment away.
It’s funny, cause that used to be a running joke among Republicans: “Pray for rain on election day so the minorities don’t vote.”
McCain is winning 8 electoral votes to 3. I think we can go ahead and call this race in McCain’s favor, no need to look at the rest of the results.
Ath.. glad you caught the reference regarding rain.
I’ll be in and out until the kids get to bed.
Polls close here in Illinois in 90 mins. And no, I’m not going to the Obama rally in Grant Park. The wife is out of town. So I’m doing the next best thing to an Obama rally: MSNBC.
I’m glad Red Sox red and Yankee blue will not be issues tonight.
It’s over, a historical moment, the United States has elected an African American president. That restores a lot of my faith in America’s social progress.
It’s over? How do you figure?
As of this moment, counting “Safe” and “Called” states, Obama at 234.
Add in PA and NH and it’s 259.
OH, FL, IN, MO, or NC, puts him over the top.
Lock, love your optimism and enthusiasm, but lets not get ahead of ourselves.
Keep in mind, I would be happy with either candidate, for different reasons.
I like Obama because of the hope he inspires and if he wins it will restore my faith in the social progress of America.
I like McCain, because I have just always liked McCain and I think he’s a great man.
But this is DONE.
Jinx jinx jinx jinx!
Descrepancies begin: Daily Kos map gives NJ to McCain; MSNBC gives NJ to Obama.
Illinois, the first big prize, goes to Obama, no big surprise. (sorry about the rhyming.)
Yeah, CNN has “given” Jersey to Obama, but only 2% have reported and McCain is leading. Obviously Jersey is going blue, silly mistake.
As far as I can see, this ain’t over yet. The battleground states are all too close to call right now, with the exception maybe of Ohio (which still has only 1% of precincts reporting).
NYT sends Libby Dole down to defeat.
Nothing is certain until Obama turns ’04 reds to blue. That hasn’t happened yet.
MSNBC calls Ohio for Obama. O, BABY!
Yeah, right now Obama hasn’t gained any states that Kerry failed to get in 2004. He needs Florida or Ohio. He’s well ahead in Ohio right now but only 9% have reported, and Florida is still too close to call.
The fact that the total popular vote as of 10:19 EST is so close makes me want to wait significantly longer than making any statements about “victories”, regardless that it appears Obama is winning handily in the Electoral College. I sure am curious how the senate races will end up.
MSNBC reports that with chris shays’ loss in CT, GOP has lost all Congressional seats in New England states.
And former speaker denny hastert’s seat looks to now be solidly in democratic hands. Bill Foster appears to have beaten Jim Oberweis.
> longer than
I meant> longer before… ugh… need food.
So… what’s _your_ feed for the show tonight? I’m flipping back and forth through all the channels, but the regional FOX affiliate seems to have the best local coverage. CNN is driving me nuts, but whatever.
just had ice cream, bout ready to crack a beer. probably not much more. My baby girl is sick and can’t sleep soundly.
Even my heavily GOP county is breaking for Obama, with 209 of 223 pcts reporting.
My boss is winning easily in his bid for re-eelction for state’s attorney. Of course he’s running unopposed.
Florida and Virginia are starting to turn blue. Both at 80+ reporting.
The only suspense left in my world is Prop 8 in California. A more hateful piece of legislation, I’ve not seen.
NBC calls it for Obama!
And the Celtics beat Houston, 103-99.
Congratulations to Obama.
What a tremendous concession speech by McCain. Congrats to him.
Yeah, great speech. He’s a great guy, no matter what anyone says.
Chalk one up to geeky guys in their 40s. There’s still hope for us.
Ath, you still like Palin?
Finally home after 15 hours of work. City Council meeting followed by election coverage. Wish I could have joined you gents.
I want to tell a story.
I was an undecided voter in this election for quite a long time, through the first debate, as a matter of fact. The reasons I switched have mostly to do with my concerns about McCain’s temperament, as evidenced by his horrifically bad campaign suspension and vice presidential decisions. So I have a lot of respect for the man — and in a slightly different dimension could easily have voted for him. So I’m not feeling the polarization and hate that seems to have cropped up on one side or the other.
Tonight, I was doing some interviews for the paper, talking to Obama supporters because it was clear he was going to win (it should have been clear to any rational person two weeks ago, but when Penn. stayed blue, that was about it for McCain’s chances). I sat down next to a woman who introduced herself to me with her name and the label: “a cancer survivor who doesn’t have health insurance.” Oh, and she’s also black. So obviously this election meant a lot to her. “He’s my only hope,” she said of Obama.
That was pretty early on in the night. After the networks called it for Obama, I sped back over there to catch her before she left and see how she was doing. On my way in to where the party was, I met an older black woman who had attended segregated schools here in town. She was crying, just saying over and over how “unbelievable” this moment was. “In my lifetime, I get a chance to see this,” she said.
I found the previous woman right where I’d left her hours before, sitting on the same bench, against the same wall. But now she was sobbing, talking — barely — into her cell phone, telling a family member on the other end how she wished her mother — also a product of segregated education — could have seen this (she had died last year).
She could barely talk when I sat next to her and asked her how she was doing. When she got the words, this is what she said:
“I am so happy. I mean, so many years of history. So many struggles. The fire hoses. The dogs. I can’t even articulate how I really feel. I’m so excited. I can’t stop trembling and shaking.
“Hope is alive. Hope is alive today, and it’s just so beautiful.”
You can disagree with Barack Obama and believe he’s the wrong person for the job as president. As a late decider, I certainly understand those sentiments.
But no matter what side of the aisle you’re on, or how you voted, I hope we can all take a moment to recognize what a truly historic day this is. America did a good thing tonight.
Well said Paul. No matter what side you’re on, and no matter where your political loyalties are, this is an historic day for America.
Bill, I was excited for her originally; to me she was like a promising young prospect called up from the minors who would offer a lot to the team for many years to come. And, at first, she seemed to fulfill those expectations. After a while though she started looking more like Buchholz than Lester, if you catch my drift.
I envy you that you had the opportunity to be among the people for whom this so truely and deeply mattered, to share their joy.
Historic, indeed. History begun by Jack Roosevelt Robinson more than 50 years ago.
(By the way, if you haven’t heard this bit of news, author and former Globe columnist (and radio voice of reason) Michael Holley and wife had a son over the weekend: Robinson Coltrane Holley. Pretty cool name, but I would have loved for Miles to have been in there somewhere.)
Speaking of WEEI, Dennis and Callahan are on the air this morning.
Why the bleep station management didn’t immediately suspend these loonies is reprehensible.
I think this is my proudest moment as an America. Our country is no longer run by fear and division. We are one people, one country, one heartbeat. Let’s turn this country around and move forward together…
President Barack Obama…I still can’t believe it.
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