I voted this morning. As I expected there were few people milling around. I got into the voting booth (yay for the lever-pull machines!) and I thought over the two proposed alterations to amendments (local stuff no biggie) as I hesitated over ticking down the Obama-Biden lever. Because I couldn't believe that today I could make that vote. It was kind of a big thing for me.
While 2004 was not a happy-making election (*raises fists to sky*), 2006 was a shocker for me as I a) wasn't really following things as much as I have this election season and b) it's a midterm election. But um, I was able to go to the live taping of The Colbert Report and it was one of the most incredibly experiences of my life. My lengthy teal deer post about it is here.
FiveThirtyEight is kind of KILLING ME right now you guys. Seriously. Obama is projected winning percentage is 98.9.
Based from the polling, Nate Silver reports:
Our model projects that Obama will win all states won by John Kerry in 2004, in addition to Iowa, New Mexico, Colorado, Ohio, Virginia, Nevada, Florida and North Carolina, while narrowly losing Missouri and Indiana. These states total 353 electoral votes. Our official projection, which looks at these outcomes probabilistically -- for instance, assigns North Carolina's 15 electoral votes to Obama 59 percent of the time -- comes up with an incrementally more conservative projection of 348.6 electoral votes.
Note to self: STOP LOOKING AT FIVETHIRTYEIGHT. *attempts to kill sparkling gleam out of eyes*
And since some of you haven't voted (yet!):
ELECTION DAY, NOVEMBER, 1884
- by Walt Whitman
If I should need to name, O Western World, your powerfulest scene and show,
'Twould not be you, Niagara - nor you, ye limitless prairies - nor your huge rifts of canyons, Colorado,
Nor you, Yosemite - nor Yellowstone, with all its spasmic geyserloops ascending to the skies, appearing and disappearing,
Nor Oregon's white cones - nor Huron's belt of mighty lakes - nor Mississippi's stream:
This seething hemisphere's humanity, as now, I'd name - the still small voice vibrating -America's choosing day,
(The heart of it not in the chosen - the act itself the main, the quadrennial choosing,)
The stretch of North and South arous'd - sea-board and inland - Texas to Maine - the Prairie States - Vermont, Virginia, California,
The final ballot-shower from East to West - the paradox and conflict,
The countless snow-flakes falling - (a swordless conflict,
Yet more than all Rome's wars of old, or modern Napoleon's): the peaceful choice of all,
Or good or ill humanity - welcoming the darker odds, the dross:
- Foams and ferments the wine? it serves to purify - while the heart pants, life glows:
These stormy gusts and winds waft precious ships,
Swell'd Washington's, Jefferson's, Lincoln's sails.
Yeah. What he said.
And ZOMG you guys, do you remember this speech by Barack Obama:
AHHHHHHH. So many hours left and so many ways to continue to freak out!
What are y'all up to right now?