Last election I hosted a watch-the-returns party of about a dozen people or so. Most people watched for a couple of hours and then headed home about 10 or 11pm. Dallas and I stayed up and kept watching, and watching, and watching. I just knew that if went to bed I’d wake up to President Gore! So I kept watching, which was actually rather fun, what with Florida going back and forth and all. Phil came home about 3am from the Republican party in Lansing, not in a happy mood.
I ended up staying up all night watching the returns, which I don’t intend on doing tonight. Probably will be up later than usual, though. The future Mrs. A-Train is over too, and she may contribute comments from time to time, too.
I see Barak Obama won the Senate race in Illinois, which was obvious. I do hope the Illinois GOP gets their act together next time. Keyes was a disaster as a candidate. I’ve lost all respect I used to have for him: were I an Illinois resident I would have voted for Obama, if that tells you anything!
Just got off the phone with Phil. We almost got excited when Michigan was reporting 73% to 27% for Bush. But then we realized only 1% of precincts had reported, too bad. We also discussed what will happen if Daschle loses in South Dakota, which seems probable. Could loosen the deadlock in the Senate as to judicial appointments, which could be very important if Rehnquist is sicker than they’ve said so far, especially if Bush has to make a recess appointment.
I’m playing chess with my computer in between paying attention to the election. So far I’ve been losing quite badly.
Looks like the proposition to require voter approval for new casinos has won. Normally I’d say that was good but there’s an exception for the three casinos already in Detroit, and something about Indian casinos too. Looks like a bad idea to me. So far it appears that most of my candidates and votes are losing. I turned the chess level all the way down and managed a bit of offense before losing badly. I guess that’s progress!
Comedy Central’s audience is quite pro-Democrat, I would guess, given the applause when Rhode Island’s count was announced, something very heavily for Kerry.
It’s interesting to flip between the news channels. CBS seems to have nearly thrown in the towel and given the election to Bush. ABC has a few less votes for Bush: must be one or two states that CBS has called which ABC hasn’t. And NBC has yet another count. I’m greatly annoyed tonight that I don’t get CNN and Fox News; I don’t know what they are saying.
NBC has called Ohio for Bush and has Bush at 269 with some certain Bush states still to come in (like Alaska). ABC has been the most conservative about calling states and only has Bush at 249. Not sure exactly what CBS is showing: less than NBC, more than ABC. All the networks are talking like Bush is going to win and Kerry will lose. Doesn’t appear (at this point!) like lawsuits and whatnot are going to happen this year. I hope not!
If my liberal friends are upset and disappointed (that would be an understatement) and my conservative friends are upbeat, does that make a Bush win official? NBC has made it 269, as Fox apparently has too, along with CBS. I’m confident enough now that I think I’ll go to bed. Looks like Bush wins re-election, not by a landslide, but by enough that there won’t be a repeat of the 2000 fiasco, plus he won the popular vote. And the Republicans picked up maybe two seats in the Senate. Hopefully that will ease if not end the gridlock, especially if Daschle ends up losing in South Dakota.