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Pamela Shaw said on November 4th, 2008 at 7:57 pm

Please liveblog! Please please. It will give us hope. Or at least distraction.

And by the way, don’t get your hopes up about Kentucky. A huge swath of Lexington has been reported, and it’s pro-Obama.

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Yeah, Kentucky’s not likely to go Obama. Indiana is a little more likely (but still probably will go for McCain). Still, right now Obama’s leading 50-49.

That’s with only 3% reporting, but still….

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MarvinAndroid said on November 4th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

MSNBC is predicting a new House with 261 Democrats and 171 Republicans, and an MOE of +/- 12.

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CNN is running very excellent coverage.

Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer are so engaging. I like the fact that they are reporting the election objectively. Unlike FOX News and their decidedly “Republican” leanings.

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MSNBC has already called Kentucky for McCain. I’m not entirely sure how they can do that with only 10% of the state reporting in, actually….

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Pamela Shaw said on November 4th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

I’m watching MSNBC because I’d kill a Fox newscaster.

Virginia is scaring the hell out of me.

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OMG!!! FOX News is the dumb and Brit Hume is a douche.

A commentator makes very succinct observations about the record number of young voters black voters at the polls and how it favors Obama and Hume starts talking about the changing scence on the screens behind him.

SLAP!

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Having Star Wars flashbacks.

“Help me Barack Obama, you’re my only hope.”

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thelibrarygirl said on November 4th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

I cannot watch enough tv stations covering the election and read enough on the Internet. Information overload and it just started!

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MarvinAndroid said on November 4th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

CNN has holograms? MSNBC only has one choice to top them now: Get rid of Chris Matthews, replace him with the Doctor, and move the studio into the TARDIS.

Actually, just get rid of Matthews. Put him and Scarborough into a soundproof box and let them shout at each other.

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That CNN ‘hologram’ (a green screen effect with hokey static overlaid on the image) was the stupidest thing I’ve seen a news organization do, EVER.

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I call bullshit on the hologram. It’s dynamically inserted green-screen.

Wolf could not see her unless he looked at the monitor.

THAT IS NOT A HOLOGRAM.

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MarvinAndroid said on November 4th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

You’re lying. Wolf Blitzer is never excited about anything. Ever.

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I can see Lieberman on the BBC coverage of McCain. This makes me mad! FUCK YOU TRAITOR-SCUM!

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malakim2099 said on November 4th, 2008 at 8:48 pm

Doesn’t Lieberman look like Emperor Palpatine, or is it just me?

“Yes, my young apprentice, now you know the power of the NeoCon Side!”

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The MSNBC.com electoral map has declared South Carolina for McCain, too, despite the fact that it says Obama is leading 57-42 and there are only 0% of precincts reporting.

Huh.

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Pamela Shaw said on November 4th, 2008 at 8:57 pm

And won’t call Georgia despite Obama being thrashed.

I DO NOT GET IT.

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The video of the CNN hologram segment is already on Youtube. That’s under 40 minutes, by my timing. Geezus, the internet scares me sometimes.

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Pennslyvania for Obama! Nice knowing ya John!

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malakim2099 said on November 4th, 2008 at 9:14 pm

Just please… keep people in suspense until California polls close so that scared Democrats go out to KILL PROP 8. KILL IT SLOWLY AND WITHOUT MERCY!

That’s all I ask. :)

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I’m worried about them calling PA on exit polls alone.

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Pamela Shaw said on November 4th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

Evan, me too. I am so not ready to hear PA called yet.

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malakim2099 said on November 4th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

The only thing I can think of for Pennsylvania is if the exit polls are showing Obama having a dominant lead in the rural counties where McCain expected to do well.

Granted, Obama was up 8-10% going into today, so it isn’t that far-fetched… but I’m going to need alcohol. And I live in Utah! ARG!

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Pamela Shaw said on November 4th, 2008 at 9:25 pm

I don’t drink much and I got some cider and beer on the way home.

AIGH.

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In re: Zack and Miri: Yes. The posters up in NYC have the full title. Wide broadcast commercials do not.

Sooner or later, we’ll cut the bridges and declare the revolution.

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Well, it’s entertaining.

And the reason CNN used the hologram is because they are beta testing the technology for their corporate sponsor, CISCO Telepresence. I know this because they mention Cisco at EVERY SINGLE COMMERCIAL BREAK.

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10FootBongz said on November 4th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

Y’know, in some ways, the real winner tonight is Democracy. In other, more tangible ways, the real winner tonight is Obama, the Obamacolytes, and anyone who lives in the fake USA. Does an Obama win mean that the US is more socialist than Canada? If he wins, will Canadians start fleeing over the border to escape Harper?

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I just want everyone to know that a vote for John McCain was a vote for homeless kittens. I’ll explain why.

I am emotionally invested in Obama winning. If he loses, I will probably turn to alcoholism. I’ll be a raging drunk, lose my job, my partner, and yes, probably my house. My poor kittens would have to live on the street with me. Cold and alone, while I scrounged for enough change to get a cheap bottle of vodka. That is no life for these kittens.

So remember, if you voted for McCain, you voted for homeless kittens. Jerks…

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Pamela Shaw said on November 4th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

What Jack said. Twice over.

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bunnyofdoom said on November 4th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

Us? Flee to the states? Hell no.

We’re more likely to throw a revolution. FUN FACT: Canada has had more revolutions than the states!

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I need more computer monitors. There are too many sites going at once and I need to be able to see it all. Damn these limitations.

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The BBC don’t have a hologram, but their guy who points at animated maps appears to be standing on a catwalk crossing a bottomless abyss.

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I voted Obama around Saint Louis, and was ashamed not to know who/what most of the people and propositions on the ballot were. Luckily the latter were somewhat explained.

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CNN is projecting Michigan. Yay Michigan.

As someone who is from Michigan it’s nice to see that my state may have some sense.

Half the state is ultra-conservative, the other half is Detroit.

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MSNBC is showing Obama now at 175, McCain at 70. Also, Colorado (where I live) just closed, and a little more than half of our registered voters voted early. So, hopefully there will be something from here soon.

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The saddest thing is that I don’t have MSNBC, so I cannot see Pat Buchanan’s tears

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I’m watching their feed online. Right now Chuck Todd is on saying that this is looking more like 2000/2004 than he expected, so that’s kind of worrying.

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ah, jeez, did not need to hear that. Still, long night

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Well, look, if this wasn’t dramatic, people wouldn’t be watching. So, maybe they are just being pessimistic to keep us watching.

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MarvinAndroid said on November 4th, 2008 at 10:17 pm

I think Stephen Colbert said it best with his opening question during his Jesse Jackson interview:

“So, Jesse, what are you doing now that racism’s no longer a problem?”

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The Republican blogger on the BBC (yes, the BBC is filming someone blogging) says that the GOP have given up on Florida.

John Bolton, massive turd that he is, is still trying to call Obama a “radical”. Simon Schama is telling him to STFU.

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MarvinAndroid said on November 4th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

The only people who use the word “radical” more often than the Republicans are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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SHUT UP JOHN BOLTON, SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP. Also, DIEEEEEE.

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Pamela Shaw said on November 4th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

MSNBC just called Ohio for Obama.

Oh. My. God.

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And the Beeb follows suit!

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MSNBC showing Obama at 195 to McCain’s 85.

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MarvinAndroid said on November 4th, 2008 at 10:30 pm

MSNBC is showing how Obama can still win even if McCain gets Florida AND North Carolina, and Obama still has a slight lead in both those states at 50% polls reporting.

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Incidentally, I love the BBC’s coverage.

When they were wondering about whether to call Ohio: “Fox News is NOT good enough.”

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That was awesome.

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malakim2099 said on November 4th, 2008 at 10:36 pm

Well, if the current MSNBC projections hold… he’s at 200 right now. If the Pacific States (minus Alaska) hold, that’s 77 right there. Which Keith Olbermann just pointed out as I typed this. Hah! :)

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I was listening to the local NPR station over dinner, and they announced that they projected Obama to take Pennsylvania (yeah, like that’s a shock–why the hell did people keep calling PA a swing state, anyways?).

But anyways. After that, one of the commentators said something like “With Pennsylvania going for Obama, McCain’s lost pretty much any avenue to getting elected.” The other suddenly interjected “He could still make it, in theory.” The first basically rolled her eyes and said “Yeah, right.” It was very clear that nobody thought McCain could win anymore, but they weren’t allowed to actually say so.

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You know that map you put up? The rest of the world strongly Obama, America too close to call?

Recolor that motherfucker and put it back up.

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NONE of the polls for PA ever showed McCain within striking distance. I’m not sure what the strategy was there.

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malakim2099 said on November 4th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

That presumes they had a strategy beyond HURR OBAMA SOCIALIST TERRORIST BAD MCCAIN GUD HUR HUR HUR.

Frankly, after seeing this campaign, I have to wonder…

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MSNBC is calling New Mexico for Obama, but CNN’s online map shows McCain being ahead there. Also, am I the only one suprised by how close Texas is?

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Fuck yeah, tonight I can feel proud to be an Ohioan.

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exit polls, which are wildly inaccurate (remember 2004?)

Dear Bird:

Please read up on exit polls and how they work.

When exit polls and election results do not match, the election results are fraudulent.

No exceptions.

Especially not when the exit polls fail to match the “real” results only:
A) in favour of the Republicans
B) when Republicans are counting the votes.
C) when there is no physical backup of the votes to allow a recount.

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I still feel like it’s too early to use the word “stumblebum” in reference to the McCain campaign, but…

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BBC are also calling NM for Obama, in between bouts of Bolton failing to stop talking.

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CNN is now projecting on it’s online map that Obama took New Mexico, but when you highlight the state, it shows he is at 37% to McCain’s 52%…This is so much fun!

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I noticed the Texas thing too.

Also, why does the title say that you wouldn’t be liveblogging the election, but it appears that you are?

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Bolton thinks the BBC are in the tank for Obama, because until Obama has 270 votes, it’s LYING to say McCain won’t win. Go fuck your stupid tache John-boy.

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The people at Grant Park in Chicago look a lot more excited than the people at McCain HQ…I wish I was there.

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Iowa to Obama!

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Chuck Todd is refusing to count Indiana until all the votes are in.

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Bolton’s trying to play the “liberal media bias” card. *sigh*

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Pamela Shaw said on November 4th, 2008 at 11:17 pm

North Carolina is going to make me hork. But I love that so many precincts in my county — where Charlotte is — compose the remaining precincts to report.

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AND HE’S STILL TALKING.

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John Bolton is now taking on Brad Anderson in the cancer and madness stakes. “America isn’t racist because Obama might win, even though everyone is in the tank, especially the EEEEVIL Commie BBC”. Die.

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MarvinAndroid said on November 4th, 2008 at 11:20 pm

Woo! Daily Show! I am also here during the commercial breaks in order to say “Woo! Daily Show!”

Best news show on TV.

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MSNBC pointed out earlier that Oprah was in Chicago. But Al Gore isn’t. Where is Al?

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Oh thank God. Bolton has left the building.

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MSNBC says South Dakota has gone to McCain. But it was close. And now the specialists are saying the map is pretty one-sided.

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The republican strategist says “I love McCain, but I just don’t see the numbers. We’ll see a lot happen in the next 30 minutes.”

Chuck Todd says “Look how nice and square the counties in Nebraska are!”

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Not that it’s a big surprise, but Slate.com has called the election for Obama.

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I love these comments.

Put [Matthews] and Scarborough into a soundproof box and let them shout at each other.

I would watch the hell out of this show, and I challenge anyone else to say they wouldn’t.

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Pat Buchanan is on MSNBC. So loud. So angry.

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but is he crying yet?

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@jack: Pat is like America’s lovable racist uncle. I love that guy.

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No tears, lots of explanation. Honestly I was distracted and not watching until close to the end. I noticed this loud voice and switched over to see what was going on. Again, I need more monitors for nights like this!

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And MSNBC just called it for Obama!!!!!!

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And there goes CNN

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Obama wins! Obama wins! OBAMA WINS!

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I’m dancing! I’m crying! Be glad you can’t see it!

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Obama ftw! Woo!

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I don’t have to move to Canada! w00t!

…not that there’s anything wrong with Canada. It’s a fine country. 😉

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Hear that noise? That’s John Bolton launching his mustache across the room with the sheer force of his rage.

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MarvinAndroid said on November 5th, 2008 at 12:13 am

Daily Show declares Obama! It’s now official, because The Daily Show has said it! WOOOOO!

Also, may I express the sentiment of “YEAH!”

And perhaps a hearty “WOOYEAH!” is in order?

But let’s not go overboard.

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Best part of The Daily Show/Colbert Report special for me was Larry & Wyatt taking over the shows.

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No homeless Kitties! Now I just have to see what happens with Prop. 8 in California. If that doesn’t pass, this will be the best night in a long time for me.

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People at the McCain rally have the god-damned audacity to BOO OBAMA’S NAME DURING MCCAIN’S CONCESSION SPEECH. Fuck them, fuck them in their useless, racist asses.

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I wonder if Palin blames herself for McCain losing like he has. In a way, I feel bad for her. In many other ways, I will never be able to stop laughing at her.

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Pamela Shaw said on November 5th, 2008 at 12:27 am

DUDE…McCain’s cronies are still booing the President-Elect and Vice President-Elect?

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They booed him a second time. Pathetic.

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Evil Midnight Lurker said on November 5th, 2008 at 12:31 am

On the one hand: WOOHOO!

On the other hand: This means I won’t be moving back to Canada from California anytime soon. Which is sort of a shame, since I miss snow. :)

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Evil- Move to Northern California? Truckee is small and weird, but it gets the snow.

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malakim2099 said on November 5th, 2008 at 12:57 am

Well, I mean, really, I can’t blame them for booing too much. Since Obama is a Marxist Terrorist Socialist and all that.

Besides, there’s plenty of nice liberal countries for scared Democrats to run too. Most of the real ultra-conservative countries also don’t like white people, so the Republican supporters are kinda screwed. 😉

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Yes, We Can. Yes, He Did!

Now, for Proposition 8 to fail…

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malakim2099 said on November 5th, 2008 at 1:46 am

Second the Prop 8 failing… not looking that good yet, though.

What kind of screwed up state allows a constitutional amendment with a straight majority? I thought Amendment propositions had to pass through the California Legislature first?

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DistantFred said on November 5th, 2008 at 4:32 am

Got a few things to say here:
1- John McCain’s concession speech was tactful, respectful, and very appropriate to the circumstances. That those in attendance for it saw fit to twice jeer at the mention of Barack Obama, despite McCain’s obvious discomfort with the first instance of it speaks deeply to the character of the Republican Party, and to the campaign that McCain unfortunately ran.

2- Barack Obama is, in all likely hood, the most eloquent and capable orator to have been elected by the US since Kennedy, if not longer. His victory speech was fantastic.

3- I have a suspicion that the Republican Party may have just had it’s swan song; the differing factions within the party, particularly the Evangelical wing, may entirely begin fighting internally seeking to blame someone for the loss. Combined with the significant defection of more moderate Republicans to the Obama ticket, or to the minor parties, I could easily see a strengthened Constitution or Libertarian party becoming a competitive party as Social or Fiscal conservatives distance themselves from increasingly theocratic GoP base and jump to a party that targets more moderate conservative viewpoints.
Now, I’m no poli-sci scholar or anything… but the particular divisiveness of this Republican race, on a whole, has seemed to have largely alienated the moderate, secular, and let’s say remotely sane wings of the party.

4- IT’S 3:30 AND CNN STILL HAS ALL THEIR FUCKING PEOPLE THERE! WHAT THE FUCK?!

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Just for the record, the midwest went entirely for Obama. I know that some people claim that the dakotas are part of it, they’re not. The midwest is any state that plays in the Big-10 conference (MN, IA, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH, and PA). We don’t want anything to do with those other wannabe states.

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