Well, it’s been a fun ride, people. Just wanted to thank everyone for reading, and for all the insightful and intelligent comments.
McCain’s concession speech was indeed gracious, and had he acted more like that throughout the campaign, I think the race would have been closer.
When I began this blog in its current form, a couple weeks after my coverage of the Democratic National Convention, I half expected it to be an exercise in masochism. McCain and Palin were riding high in the polls following her hard-edged acceptance speech at the RNC.
I woke up this morning with the sense that there’s some task I need to do, but I can’t quite put my finger on it, dammit. No wait, don’t say anything — it’ll come to me.
Before heading to the Republicans’ party at Rivals Sports Bar, I decided to fortify myself with free ice cream from the Ben & Jerry’s at Barracks Road. B&J was giving out free ice cream to “all voters” between 5-8pm.
I’m reporting live from the living room of one Kristin Adolfson, which is packed with Obama supporters biting their nails over Virginia.
[UPDATED 2:17am] Just back from the Gravity Lounge, where Tom Perriello and the C-ville Dems cheered the great news tonight in Virginia.
The Washington Post’s “Comics Riffs” blog is reporting that Garry Trudeau has drawn a cartoon for Wednesday presuming an Obama victory.
Actually, this post is about random tidbits; I just wanted to say that. But it did occur to me the other night, while watching an Obama ad, that I’m down with the sans serif the campaign has been using.
Okay, this Joe the Plumber business is really starting to stink like an overflowing septic tank. Never mind that he isn’t a licensed plumber, owes back taxes, and is nowhere close to making $250K a year.
Holy ballot box, Batman! Election Day is ONE WEEK AWAY!!
Yesterday was a busy day for politics in Virginia, with Obama rallies in Richmond and Leesburg, and a visit to U.Va by MSNBC political cartoonist and editor of the widely-read Cagle Cartoon Index, Daryl Cagle.
On Saturday, McCain adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer said McCain would do well in the “real Virginia” which, by her definition, means anyplace south of NoVa. Which would seem to include the heavily Obama-leaning Charlottesville, no?
I am sorry to report that I have not yet received my McCain robocall informing me of Obama’s terrorist-lovin’ ways. In the leadup to the Virginia primary several months ago, Mr. McCain contacted me twice, robotically, to tell me that he is a proud Republican in the mold of Ronald Reagan (heavy emphasis on the mold).
A lot of people, myself included, were taken aback by McCain’s mockery of concern for the “health of the mother” as an “extreme pro-abortion position” in the debate the other night. But if McCain’s actual record on reproductive rights were more widely discussed in this election, his comment might not have come as such a big surprise.
Tonight we got to see the cantankerous bastard side of McCain that he tried so hard to suppress during the last debate. His performance would have been perfect, if he were running for president of the United States of Apeshit.
Is there really anything more red than going to a Sarah Palin Rally at a NASCAR speedway on the holiday celebrating the European conquistadors’ arrival in the Americas?
We interrupt our regular bursts of political hand-wringing to bring you an important message. The results of Charlottesville-Albermarle SPCA’s election between the DemoCats and RePuplicans are in, with victory going to the DemoCats.
I was struck by something on the CBS News website this morning. Have a look at this screen shot I took:
At a panel on election cartooning this past weekend, a member of the audience asked whether we’d be at a loss for material if Obama wins. He corrected himself: “Or I should say, when Obama wins.”
Unlike the first debate, in which the candidates seemed more or less evenly matched, I’d say Obama pretty solidly topped McCain this time around. Obama’s answers just seemed clearer and more down to earth. McCain came off as, well, dated.
I have returned from the great annual comics fest in Bethesda, Maryland known as SPX, where a bevy of altweekly political cartoonists were on hand for this year’s election-themed programming.
I am troubled by the suggestion that because Palin did not have a truly spectacular brain-fart moment, that means she somehow “held her own.” She did not hold a candle to Biden.
I’ll be watching the Vice Presidential debate in the company of cartoonists and cartoon fans in Bethesda, MD, where I’ll be for the annual Small Press Expo. Should be an entertaining, if gut-wrenching evening.