Category: 2004 Election

I would so love to go see this. But alas, i’ve got too many commitments this week; Modest Mouse tonight at Radio City, Pedro the Lion tomorrow night and Steven Wright on thursday. I hope this happens and get videotaped, and then winds up on the internets.

Sweet

Today, President Bush said “We’ve worked hard and gained many new friends, and the result is now clear: a record voter turnout, and a broad nationwide victory.”

Good to know that we northeasterners aren’t considered part of the nation. Or the Upper Midwest. Ditto for the West Coast. And but for 150,000 Ohio voters, this election would have had the opposite outcome. Liberals voted against Bush. Moderates voted against Bush. This is a broad, nationwide victory?

Mandate

John Kerry concedes. I’m a little surprised, given the dim glimmer of hope they were holding on to in Ohio. Let the recriminations begin, and oh will it be nasty.

I got an email from the RI Politics listserv with the subject line “GWB = God Wishes Bush”. Another one said “Now we can safely bomb the terrorists hideouts eg Paris France, etc.” Welcome to 21st century America, folks. Every instant message I’ve gotten this morning has been borderline despondant. Buck up guys, it’s a weird world that we live in. The next four years are going to be EXTREMELY interesting. I’m especially looking forward to what happens in 2008 when Roe v. Wade gets overturned by newly minted hardline conservative judges on the Supreme Court.

Also, A Cry for Help news is now projecting that George W. Bush has killed Rhode Island icon Salty Brine.

So I woke up early this morning and decided to roll out and vote. I headed over to Oaklawn school because I never legally changed by address from Cranston to Warwick. Coffee in hand I strolled in, saw no line, gave my name and was promptly told that I wasn’t on the list. In 2000 I registered and requested an absentee ballot. It never came. I assumed that it was lost in the mail, but after today I assume that my registration was completely hosed. I know, I know, I should have checked.

I was given the option to drive to city hall to cast a vote for president (sorry folks – not worth my time in a state that always goes blue), or to fill out one of these fancy new provisional ballots. I wanted to vote yes on props 11 and 14 (arts bonds and 50 is million for quonset point) so I went for the provisional ballot. I proudly connected my arrows with a black marker (RI is crazy), sealed my ballot, and inserted it into a burlap sack (obviously so it can be easily burned and disposed of).

I was dissapointed that my vote probably won’t count, but what I was most pissed about (aside from the fact that I woke up early for nothing), was the fact that there was no way for me to register to vote. They basically said, you can’t vote, go fuck off. I would have been much happier if after being denied the right to vote I could fill out a voter registration form and have it checked so I can be sure that my vote will count next time around. I had to go back to work and register to vote online. That sucks.

At first I thought that I wasted my time waking up to cast a provisional ballot. After thinking about it I realized that I did something really important today. After casting a provisional ballot, I technically voted – now P. Diddy is less likely to kill me. Thank god.

Keep your eyes on these important states at their appointed hours:

8pm EST: New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida (both time zones), Missouri, and Ohio

9pm EST: Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Colorado, and of course, Rhode Island

It should be all but over if they can call winners in those states, but at 10pm EST polls will close in Iowa and Nevada. Most likely we’ll know all we need to know by seeing who wins two out of these three: Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida.

Grab some Sam Adams (another Massachusetts patriot) and hopefully we’ll be toasting President-elect Kerry by 10pm.

Battleground Schedule

I just voted in Warwick, and man did that feel goooood. This was the first time I’ve voted in person, so I can’t compare turnout. There was a small line that moved pretty quickly. I can’t believe some of the lines they are showing on TV.

Steve at AI is blogging for the Jimmy Fund, so if you’ve been extra bad this year, suck up to Santa by voting and kicking a few bucks towards the favorite charity of the World Champion Red Sox (!)

Absit Invidia Blogathon

I Voted!

I just finalized my ballot. There are seven races on my card, from President down to school board. I voted for two Democrats, a Republican, a Green, an Independent and a Red Sox DH. How’s that for splitting your ticket? The school board was non-partisan (hey ‘wicks, vote Lucy Mota-Costa). Also I’m approving 9 out of 14 referenda. I was going to follow the strong, steady leadership of George W. Bush and vote for all the borrowing referenda because my kids, not I, will have to pay for it, but I decided to show a little restraint.

My Ballot Breakdown

Flipping through the public access section of the cable lineup last night, Em stopped on some sort of RIC student forum thingy, run by two students, talking with a crowd of students. They were discussing the election (poorly) and one young woman in the crowd asked a question that I thought I misheard. I thought I heard her ask about John Kerry and John Edwards being duplicitous because they do not support gay marriage despite one of Kerry’s daughters being gay.

I just assumed that I had heard wrong, and that she was actually referencing Dick Cheney’s daughter (oops, am I not supposed to say that?). Now I’m not so sure that I misheard. Are people out there really talking about Kerry’s gay daughter?

…the Superbowl!!

The outcome of the last Washington Redskins game before an election has correctly predicted the outcome of the presidential race every time since football came to the capital city, going all the way back to 1936. If the ‘skins win, the incumbent party wins. Well, Green Bay put Washington away this afternoon, presaging an electoral win for John Kerry. I knew it all along, but it’s good to see some scientific evidence to bolster my prediction.

(By the way, what is it with Kerry supporters who think Bush is going to win? Talking with my aunt yesterday she expressed this same sentiment. This thing is absolutely deadlocked, I would think both sides would be confident.)

Kerry Wins!

The Providence Journal editorial board lays further waste to its long tradition of Yankee Republicanism by endorsing George W Bush for president again. As they say, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Of course, the man they prefer to lead our nation can’t quite get a handle on that little adage, but I know Robert Whitcomb is a sharp guy so he would probably get it.

Fooled again. Shame on you, ProJo.

Osama bin Laden, not dead despite the president’s assertion that we’d get him, dead or alive, released a new tape recently to laugh in our collective faces. Amazingly enough, the mastermind behind the murder of 3,000 Americans in the worst attack in this country’s history, is not only alive and well, he’s got time to see Fahrenheit 9/11! I don’t understand how any American can find that remotely acceptable. He’s laughing at us.

Last night on some show the “experts” were speculating as to the mention of Sweden as safe from al Qaeda attacks. No one could understand why. If you ask me, if Osama is referencing “My Pet Goat” then he just as surely could have read Ron Suskind’s NYT article about Bush’s obstinance faith, which featured this anecdote:

The problem, everyone agreed, was that a number of European countries, like France and Germany, had armies that were not trusted by either the Israelis or Palestinians. One congressman — the Hungarian-born Tom Lantos, a Democrat from California and the only Holocaust survivor in Congress — mentioned that the Scandinavian countries were viewed more positively. Lantos went on to describe for the president how the Swedish Army might be an ideal candidate to anchor a small peacekeeping force on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Sweden has a well-trained force of about 25,000. The president looked at him appraisingly, several people in the room recall.

”I don’t know why you’re talking about Sweden,” Bush said. ”They’re the neutral one. They don’t have an army.”

Lantos paused, a little shocked, and offered a gentlemanly reply: ”Mr. President, you may have thought that I said Switzerland. They’re the ones that are historically neutral, without an army.” Then Lantos mentioned, in a gracious aside, that the Swiss do have a tough national guard to protect the country in the event of invasion.

Bush held to his view. ”No, no, it’s Sweden that has no army.”

The room went silent, until someone changed the subject.

Osama is ready for his own blog, I think.

Kidding aside, though, what the hell is this guy doing even being alive? Why is the president running for re-election on the platform that only he is strong enough to fight terrorists, when he has not only failed to take out the man behind 9/11, he’s actually ignored him in favor of creating a terrorist breeding ground in Iraq. Bush supporters are right when they say that this election is fundamentally about who “gets” the War on Terror™®. They’re just sadly mistaken in thinking the answer is W.

Putting a momentary dent in the beauty and wonder that is the first morning of the Red Sox World Championship Era, Curt Schilling this morning wrapped up an interview on some morning show with this: “Remember to vote on November 2nd, and vote Bush.”

I’m disappointed, but not surprised. This is a guy who believes God guides his splitters, so he’s a perfect match for the man who believes God wanted him to take out Saddam.

Of course, that means we can say this with certainty: Idiots are voting for Bush.

UPDATE: Curt received a phone call from the president not ten minutes after his endorsement, inviting him to a campaign stop or two. Today, though, Curt says he won’t be medically cleared to go (his ankle is, after all, ground beef). I think Dr. Morgan is a Democrat. (I’m pretty sure Theo Epstein is voting Kerry, too, since he was imploring people to vote “to make this a better world” yesterday.)

The Schilling Endorsement