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OMFG – It’s Election Day

Like most Democrats, I’m terrified by all the good news. I haven’t posted in ages because every time I get online I just get obsessed with hitting Refresh on  to see what’s changed in the last 15 minutes.  The polls and the omens continue to be apallingly good.  Obama has maintained his lead, The Redskins lost and  the majority of Dixville Notch’s votes have gone to a Democrat for the first time in 40 years.  Now it’s just a matter of getting through the day  without any type of coronary incident.

I don’t say that lightly. We spent much of Election Night in ’04 in the ER with my mother. It wasn’t a cardiac thing. It was a mini-stroke that happened when it became clear that Bush was probably going to be returned to office. It started a downhill slide into dementia that ended with her death a year and a half later.  I wish she was alive and well enough to get through this one. I wish she’d made it to the 2006 midterms, at least.  They’d have made her feel a little better about things.

It’s probably at least 12 hours until we know anything. I’m going to work and then to vote (no early voting in NY) and try to get through this day.  I’m going to try to keep in mind that no matter what happens this election has been historical in a good way. We’ve proved that candidates other than white males can compete now.  Neither race nor gender will be an insurmountable barrier to the presidency any longer and that’s a huge step forward.  And if that’s not enough, we’ve proved that Democrats can be organized and unified.  Barack Obama has already made history in two ways and the election is just beginning. Not bad, really.  It’ll be good for our children and grandchildren but not enough consolation if Sarah Palin ends the day a heartbeat away from the presidency. At least I know that I, for one, am going to have a hell of a time holding onto any sense of historical perspective.

Now I’m going to work and then to vote (no early voting in NY) and try to get through this day. I wish Barack Obama, Joe Biden, us and the world luck.


Weekends are getting shorter

This weekend whizzed by. There was a little babysitting, some RBC watching, errands, chores, a little enjoying of beautiful weather today. Throw in a little more TV watching and hey, presto! It’s almost Monday morning.

Well, the RBC did about what was expected and everyone was reasonably happy except the Clinton campaign. Or maybe they were just pissed because no one sent Ickes the memo with the dress code. There was the Clintonista rally outside which looked as if it was fun for the participants. And dignified.

Today, of course there was the primary in Puerto Rico, where Clinton won big as expected but it doesn’t change the fact that Obama will probably wrap things up next week. So, it was a big news weekend in the political world in which nothing very unexpected happened and nothing much has changed. Except that Bill Clinton is reported to be really, really made about the new Vanity Fair article about him. He was already pretty mad, so this is just one more thing he has to be pissed about.

We finished the weekend off by watching the season finale of The Tudors. Spoiler alert – Anne Boleyn loses her head.  Who would have guessed that?  Next season is coming in 2009. They seem to be remaking the Six Wives of Henry VIII in real time. I just love looking at it. The acting is uneven, casting ranges from brilliant to WTF? and there’s been at least one unnecessary fudging of history, but it’s a feast for the eyes. Just about every scene looks like a Renaissance painting come to life.  There’s solace in it for today’s political wives, too. King Henry VIII was a worse husband than Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, John McCain and Eliot Spitzer all rolled into one.

Wow – Just Wow!

I think the Secret Service should have a talk with this woman:

On edit, I did contact the FCC.

Grumpy Old Men for McCain

Thanks to Badtux!