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Obama Appreciation Day

Now it can be told:  my predictions were 368-170 ev, 51.4-47.7 pv.  My what-the-hell pick for Upset of the Week Century:  Obama wins Georgia.

But Norm Coleman?  Gordon Smith?  Ted Stevens? Dang, what is wrong with you people?  And Proposition 8? Wha?

Tell me those results aren’t going to hold up.  I’m going back to bed for a couple of hours.  In the meantime, wow, just wow, as they say on blogs.  Here’s to President-Elect Obama and his Stealth Agenda™!  And a special shout out to the brilliant Stanley Kurtz, the only man in America who understands just how far the Stealth Agenda™ will go.

Update:  Moloch loves me more than I knew.  Now for that recount in Minnesota, O Moloch.  I will not lose faith. 

Posted by on 11/05 at 07:45 AM
  1. First, on a positive note, YES, What a night!

    Now, for your question, “ And Proposition 8? Wha?”

    Yes, how do the same voters that give Obama 61% of the vote also give Prop H8 52% of the vote?  Who are these people?  (No, really, I want to know.)

    Posted by Christian Anderson  on  11/05  at  09:33 AM
  2. Christian: In a hyphenated word, African-Americans.

    The Stevens one is really astonishing, but having not followed the Senate races too closely, who did the independent in Minnesota take more votes away from: that weird, dentured muppet Coleman or Al “One More Saturday Night” Franken?

    Posted by  on  11/05  at  09:54 AM
  3. Also in the plus column, apparently, are rejections of anti-abortion measures in Colorado and South Dakota(!), pro-medical marijuana and stem cell research votes in Michigan.

    And we certainly shouldn’t forget PA’s passage of the Water And Sewer Improvements Bond Referendum by a 2-to-1 margin; that’d be like Kerry forgetting about Poland. . . .

    Posted by  on  11/05  at  10:06 AM
  4. the only man in America who understands just how far the Stealth Agenda™ will go.

    From Wikipedia:

    >The Gamaliel Foundation [JP—an “association” Kurtz harpson.] was founded in Chicago in 1968 to assist the Contract Buyers League, which worked to assist African-American home buyers in the city’s West Side

    Cazart! It’s all becoming clear now. Clearly the Gamaliel foundation sowed the seeds of the financial meltdown years *before* the CRA, all of it timed to “blow up” just in time to aid the “election” (by ACORN) of the Hawaiian/Kenyan/Canadian/Indonesian/Manchurian Malcolm X love child. (Add in Sarah Palin’s time in Hawaii and McCain’s in the Hanoi Hilton and you’ll really begin to discover the network.)

    Posted by  on  11/05  at  10:28 AM
  5. Larry Johnson at No Quarter being so wrong that he wraps around the scale to being right.

    We also should not discount the amazing positive effect that Sarah Palin has in this outcome.

    No we should not. And we appreciate your own humble efforts, Larry.

    Posted by  on  11/05  at  10:33 AM
  6. Arrested on charges of unemployment,
    He was sitting in the witness stand
    The judges wife called up the district attorney
    Said you free that brown eyed man
    You want your job you better free that brown eyed man

    Flying across the desert in a twa,
    I saw a woman walking across the sand
    She been a-walkin thirty miles en route to bombay.
    To get a brown eyed handsome man
    Her destination was a brown eyed handsome man

    Way back in history three thousand years
    Back every since the world began
    Theres been a whole lot of good women shed a tear
    For a brown eyed handsome man
    Thats what the trouble was brown eyed handsome man

    Beautiful daughter couldnt make up her mind
    Between a doctor and a lawyer man
    Her mother told her daughter go out and find yourself
    A brown eyed handsome man
    Thats what your daddy is a brown eyed handsome man

    Milo venus was a beautiful lass
    She had the world in the palm of her hand
    But she lost both her arms in a wrestling match
    To get brown eyed handsome man
    She fought and won herself a brown eyed handsome man

    Two, three count with nobody on
    He hit a high fly into the stand
    Rounding third he was headed for home
    It was a brown eyed handsome man
    That won the game; it was a brown eyed handsome.

    Posted by  on  11/05  at  10:50 AM
  7. Mr. Merle:
    Look far enough on your link and see the much larger contribution (with respect to #’s/impact) by republicans/conservatives to prop 8 passage than African-Americans.

    Posted by  on  11/05  at  10:54 AM
  8. I was at the rally last night—great night.  Must go catch up on these results now.  Ted Stevens?  Seriously?

    Posted by Heidi  on  11/05  at  10:54 AM
  9. When does the compulsory peanut butter and jelly sandwich sharing start?  Because I am, I’m just going to “go John Galt” here and get the store brand peanut butter just to spite all those societal leeches out there who refuse to work hard enough to afford Jif on their own.

    Posted by  on  11/05  at  10:58 AM
  10. Spark: True enough, but Christian was looking to explain the disparity between the pro-Obama and the anti-discrimination vote.

    Posted by  on  11/05  at  11:05 AM
  11. Pam Spaulding at Pandagon has given plenty of coverage in the last year or two to rife homophobia in the black church. Only about 10% of Californians are black, though, and they’re out numbered by white Republicans who supported Prop 8 even more enthusiastically (the bastards).

    I’ll be watching with interest to see if Michael’s predictions for Scary Black Men in the cabinet will come to pass. A friend of mine wants Nas to be in charge of the NSA since his name is an anagram of it.

    Posted by Orange  on  11/05  at  11:52 AM
  12. I assume that Professor Griff will still be in charge of the S1W (Security of the First World) brigade.

    Posted by  on  11/05  at  12:01 PM
  13. Also, and feel free to correct my work, Professor, but if A-A voters were 10% of the population, and they voted for President-Elect Obama by a 95-5 margin, but also incorrectly on Prop 8 by a 30-70, that’s a 6.5% variation on the vote. If Latinos went Obama 70-30 and for Prop 8 45-55, and they were 1/3rd of the population, that would be about the same variation.

    Posted by  on  11/05  at  12:06 PM
  14. Re The Odious Norm, three factors.  First, Franken just creeped out large numbers of people.  I hate to admit it but it’s true.  Second, those creeped-out people had an alternative, Barkley, who given the extraordinarily negative campaign looked pretty good in comparison.  Third, about a week before the election The Odious Norm sanctimoniously announced he was stopping negative campaigning, and enough people seem to have bought it. 

    captcha “world” as in, what a better one it would have been if Wellstone had not died (and no I will not get over it).

    Posted by  on  11/05  at  12:47 PM
  15. By the way, The Odious Norm “won” by 570 votes out of more than 2.4 million total.  Recount, baby, recount!

    Posted by  on  11/05  at  12:50 PM
  16. On Prop 8. Pat Buchanan says Republicans voted for Obama because the economy is in the toilet. These same people would have voted against “gay marriage.”

    Posted by Hattie  on  11/05  at  01:18 PM
  17. I couldn’t go to Phillip’s party even though we’re just a block away. Too, too many bad memories from ‘08.  But somehow knew you would be up all night anyway.  All I can think is three Supreme Court justices.  Put them in there and maybe we can get some real work done.

    Posted by  on  11/05  at  01:22 PM
  18. Meaning memories from ‘00, eight years ago, of course.  Magical thinking, but somehow I just thought if I stayed on my couch, they couldn’t take Florida back.

    Posted by  on  11/05  at  01:37 PM
  19. Michael,

    I am crediting you and Jaime as being personally responsible for Obama’s PA landslide last night. Good work on the canvassing.

    Posted by Bulworth  on  11/05  at  02:33 PM
  20. I’m proud to say that in my home state of Massachusetts we both legalized marijuana (in small quantities) and popularly rejected a drop in the state income tax that would have left social programs underfunded.  Take that, conservatives, and that, libertarians.

    Oh yeah, and we have gay marriage too, and we’re not giving it up.  We’re building the new City upon the Hill here.  Hey, I’ll just quote John Winthrop:

    “We must be willing to abridge ourselves of our superfluities, for the supply of others’ necessities. We must uphold a familiar commerce together in all meekness, gentleness, patience and liberality. We must delight in each other; make others’ conditions our own; rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our commission and community in the work, as members of the same body.”

    If the so-called Christians of the current era can’t deal with that in connection with not sending people to jail for the wrong recreational drug, and with affirming love between people no matter what their genders, well, they are the past.  We are the future.

    Posted by  on  11/05  at  03:09 PM
  21. If the agenda is ‘stealth’ then you don’t have black men in the cabinet, just like you actually appoint a secretary of irony because it’s ironic in the face of people expecting you not to appoint one. So, Vanilla Ice, Everlast, Marky Mark, Bubba Sparx and K-Fed. Your time is now.

    Posted by s'dog  on  11/05  at  03:56 PM
  22. The work to initiativize the Prop 8 Repeal starts now. Got an insider’s view of the “No on 8” campaign last night and her take was the campaign, at least in Los Angeles, was woefully inefficient, blowing off avid volunteers and fundraising with a notable lack of luster. The initiative’s success is a huge setback for justice, decency, and love, but it’s not permanent.

    Big thrill from my POV this campaign: seeing the Obama forces on the ground in northern New Mexico. A multiculturalist’s dream, those forces.

    Posted by Chris Clarke  on  11/05  at  04:46 PM
  23. Also, seeing a Black man get 52% of the presidential vote in Virginia, the Cradle of the Confederacy: too sweet for words.

    CAPTCHA: “can.” Too easy.

    Posted by Chris Clarke  on  11/05  at  04:48 PM
  24. Hey, Chris, how about seeing a black man get 52 percent of the vote, full stop.  No Democrat since the Civil War, save for LBJ and FDR, has broken 51.

    And Catherine, thanks for the clarification.  For a moment I thought you’d meant to post a comment to my Future blog instead.  And yeah, I thought a lot about that party in ‘00, and the first onset of that nasty sinking feeling when the nets uncalled Florida.  If only a time-travelling being had told us to look at the good side—eight years later, a liberal black President and a lifetime of complete irrelevance for Joe the Lieberman.

    Posted by  on  11/05  at  05:30 PM
  25. Well sure, Michael, full stop granted if you insist on a fifty-state strategy. But didn’t Howard Dean prove that wouldn’t work?

    Posted by Chris Clarke  on  11/05  at  05:32 PM
  26. Yes, yes he did.  If only he hadn’t yelled!

    Posted by  on  11/05  at  05:36 PM
  27. May have spoken too soon. Via DKos:

    Statement by No on Prop 8 Campaign on Election Status
    Roughly 400,000 votes separate yes from no on Prop 8 – out of 10 million votes tallied.

    Based on turnout estimates reported yesterday, we expect that there are more than 3 million and possibly as many as 4 million absentee and provisional ballots yet to be counted.

    Given that fundamental rights are at stake, we must wait to hear from the Secretary of State tomorrow how many votes are yet to be counted as well as where they are from.

    It is clearly a very close election and we monitored the results all evening and this morning.

    As of this point, the election is too close to call.

    Because Prop 8 involves the sensitive matter of individual rights, we believe it is important to wait until we receive further information about the outcome.

    Geoff Kors
    Executive Committee NO on Prop 8

    Kate Kendell
    Executive Committee NO on Prop 8

    Posted by Chris Clarke  on  11/05  at  06:07 PM
  28. Two parts of the sad sack:

    Norman Coleman is not an enigma given the abhorrent reelection of that Bachmann insanity. 

    The largest source of Yes on Prop 8 funding came from members (and congregations) of the Mormon religion throughout the western states.  Yes, that same Mormon church that prefers marrying multiple wives (many of whom are younger than the age of consent) to, well you know, the other stuff.  Christian-based religions, throughout CA, made this a heaven versus hell issue, stating that those who voted No would be condemned to hell, or at least ex-communicated.

    Most of us out here in the Northwest, too often forget that there is a whole lot more to Oregon than Portland and Eugene.  Gordon is agribiz’s perfect tool, and they put a huge effort into stoking passion among the loggers, ranchers, grass growers, dairymen, timber giants, etc.

    Posted by  on  11/05  at  06:20 PM
  29. Now...if we could only find our way to a Michelle Bachmann recount!  What a puzzlement.  Yes...hers is the reddest district in MN (not mine), but still. I’ll hold out hope for the censure petition to have some effect.

    Posted by  on  11/05  at  11:58 PM
  30. Bachmann won the MN 6th district, but she lost my parents’ precinct, which she carried last time. She appears to be able to do no wrong as far as the St. Cloud folks are concerned, though.

    And Coleman’s margin is getting smaller.

    Posted by  on  11/06  at  02:06 AM
  31. Oh great, now we have a west (left) coast gusto problemo; celebrating political victories on university campuses rather than cheap hotels:

    By now, many of you have heard the great news. The Oregonian projects that Jeff Merkley will be the next U.S. Senator from Oregon.

    This has been a long, hard campaign but I know you agree that it was worth it.

    Tomorrow, the Merkley campaign will be holding an event to celebrate this occasion. I invite you to join Jeff Merkley at the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State at 9:30 a.m. to mark this historic moment.

    What: Merkley Post-Election Address

    Where: Portland State University’s Hatfield School of Government, Corner of SW Mill & Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor Gallery

    When: TOMORROW, Thursday, November 6th at 9:30 a.m.

    You all have been an instrumental part of this campaign. We could not have done this without you. I hope you can come tomorrow to celebrate with Jeff.

    Posted by  on  11/06  at  04:52 AM
  32. The people in Obama, Japan, celebrate Obama’s victory:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj5bl4YOa3k

    Posted by  on  11/06  at  04:05 PM

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