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Election day 2012 blog

6:39 AM

Up early, still not quite used to Standard Time. I checked my facebook page and made a few comments. Then I read comments here and made a comment to Northland10 about hymn tunes.

7:30 AM

Blogged. Bye bye, Real Clear Politics widget. The only poll that really matters is now going on across the country. Voting started about 30 minutes ago here in South Carolina. I’ll get some breakfast and walk down to see what’s happening at the polling place, and return with a report later.

The Beast Watch mysteriously skipped the 6th altogether and is now permanently stuck on the 7th. I wonder what it knows that I don’t know.

My friend Ed went out and bought a gun, saying: “Suspecting that the country as we now know it would cease to exist after Election Day, I went to Sports Academy and purchased a Ruger .380 lightweight pistol.” Now you have to understand, Ed is not a right-winger and I don’t really know how he thinks the election will go.

So everybody go vote and may the best man win.

8:30 AM

I hiked down to the voting place about half a mile away. Ms. Conspiracy is going to wait until 10:00 when she thinks the lines will be shorter (more on that later). Today is chilly, in the 40’s so far with a forecast of rain 50%. It was just grey and damp on my walk down to the school where I vote.

Clearly this is not a battleground state. This is a comprehensive sampling of the political signs in the area:

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I have not seen a Romney or an Obama sign anywhere in the upstate of South Carolina, although there are a few bumper stickers.

There was a rowdy group of young thugs outside the school to intimidate voters.

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Fighting my way through the partisan crowd, I got in line for my marathon voting experience. I could just see the line spilling out the door and around the school building

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There were clear signs of attempts to keep the minority vote down with threats of having to show ID, even though this is not required:

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The massive line was actually inside snaking around the cavernous school cafeteria.

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All in all, from the time I arrived until the time I walked out the door having voted, it took 8 hours minutes, including a stop to call Ms. Conspiracy to warn her about the line.

I voted a straight Democratic ticket, meaning I voted for Barack Obama and Deb Morrow for US House. I think pretty much every other office in the state was without a Democratic candidate. So I ended up voting for more Republicans than Democrats, for lack of choice.

And then there was the exit poll. Remember the partisan thugs? As I left one said, “Did you vote.” I said yes. “Rita?” I said, “of course.”

9:43 AM

I tried to get on the SC Elections Commission web site to check something. Guess what? A database error. That site is configured in an insecure manner and the error message actually displayed the database server name and the administrator user name. No wonder SC gets hacked! The Balletopedia web site is down too.

12:47 PM

I’ve been working on the blog infrastructure and updated the Theme. You might notice a formatting change in the menus up top, and a new glyph next to the tags at the end of the articles. I also did some things to improve search engine optimization and provided XML sitemap capability again. More tweaking to come.

7:17 PM

The polls closed in South Carolina 17 minutes ago. Obama took an early lead, leading Romney 86% to 13% with 1% of the vote tallied.

10:43 PM

Watching results trickle in. Hanging out on RC radio.

11:12 PM

Reality Check Radio calls victory for Obama.

69 Responses to Election day 2012 blog

  1. avatar
    The Magic M November 6, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    I’m going to watch the live coverage on CNN (starting around 22:00 local time) and will switch to the Internet if I get the impression it gets boring.

    Will probably be fun to monitor the birther sites as results keep pouring in.

    I only hope this won’t be a rehash of last time I watched US elections live (I’m not sure when, I think it was Bush/Kerry) when I stayed up until 7 in the morning, only to be told “it’s still open, no candidate has secured 270 electoral college votes yet”.

  2. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy November 6, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    With exit polls, the news media has known in past years who won long before they announce the results. They wait until all polls close to announce. A few decades back, I got out my shortwave radio and tuned in the BBC who announced the result a couple of hours before it was on US media.

    If electoral vote hinges on Ohio, we probably won’t know until November 17 when they count the provisional ballots.

    The Magic M: I’m going to watch the live coverage on CNN (starting around 22:00 local time) and will switch to the Internet if I get the impression it gets boring.

  3. avatar
    JPotter November 6, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    I had to wait a whole 3 minutes to vote. It was tough. Okieland passed a voter ID law (grrrrrr) in 2010. My precinct had a sweet little old geriatric in bifocals straining to read drivers’ license. That was slowing things up a bit.

    A brief moment of terror when I realized I hadn’t renewed my license in a looooooong time (it’s good through 2/13). If I had been barred from voting …. I might have had to mutter something. Then grudgiungly voted via affidavit.

    The local news was out early, determined to find long lines. They found 1 man standing outside a polling place at 6:30am.

    No exit polling here. No one cares about okieland. Judging by advertising on local affiliates, one would not have known there was a race at all, until last week when Restore Our Future superPAC (gag) started running the same ad every commercial break on the local CBS affiliate for the entire week prior to the election. Romney is polling at +20 here in the Red Dirt State. Got to make sure it doesn’t slip away, i guess.

    My employer reminded all of his employees to go out and vote for Romney.

    Another CEO in this industrial park was fretting that an Obam re-election would ruin his expansion plans (business is not a field for cowards or fools, sir).

    Yesterday, while out to lunch, I noticed FAUX litterally broadcasting an entire Romney rally. Keepin’ it subtle. Let’s hear it for the Fairness Doctrine! Let’s hear it for keep the Commons free!

    Looking forward to a long night in. I don’t like the reality of popcorn, but I relish the concept. ;)

  4. avatar
    misha marinsky November 6, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    Angel and I just came back from the polling place, literally around the corner.

    To the people recording an exit poll: “I just told Mike Turzai to take his Voter ID and Cheney himself.”

    See for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87NN5sdqNt8

    PredictWise: 76.7% – http://www.predictwise.com/politics/2012presidentindividual
    Nate Silver: 91.6% – http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/

  5. avatar
    JPotter November 6, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    I was disappointed to find myself not in the district with the most interesting race: the scion of a local plumbing magnate vs. a “God’n’guns” democrat. The commercials were fierce: The democrat taking a shotgun to everything in sight, including water bottles, while explaining that Plumber, Jr. was plotting to sell all of Okieland’s water to Texas. Plumber, Jr. trotted out his 90-yr old WWII-vet grandfather to explain that we should vote for Plumber Jr because he’s voting for Plumber, Jr.

    The Loon of the Senate, Okieland’s own, Jim Inhofe, predicts the Reds will sweep all Senate races, taking a majority with votes to spare.

    Gosh, he has me sweating bullets. *cough*

  6. avatar
    RuhRoh November 6, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Voted at about 6:45 AM, very short wait. There was some minor confusion when a few people signed in at one ward/district table and got in line to vote on a different ward/distrcit’s machine, but all averted in time. Good thing, as votes on wrong machine are thrown out. I attribute the confusion to new poll workers in our post-Sandy chaos.

    Next town over is a disaster. Still no power at several polling places, machines malfunctioned in polling places w/power. No one seems to know what to do when the machine malfunctions.

  7. avatar
    RuhRoh November 6, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    One polling place in that next town over has no machines and one pencil they are passing around to complete provisional ballots.

  8. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy November 6, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Media matters did a report on this titled “Fox News Redefines Unbalanced By Giving Romney 366 Percent More Airtime

    I saw the same thing last time.

    JPotter: Yesterday, while out to lunch, I noticed FAUX litterally broadcasting an entire Romney rally. Keepin’ it subtle. Let’s hear it for the Fairness Doctrine! Let’s hear it for keep the Commons free!

  9. avatar
    JPotter November 6, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    Dr. Conspiracy: “Fox News Redefines Unbalanced By Giving Romney 366 Percent More Airtime

    Thanks for the tip on the quantifications, Doc. To take it farther, when FAUX (or MSNBC, or any other voice with an ‘editorial’ emphasis) follows up ‘coverage’ with partisan commentary, can it really be considered giving that subject “time”? I would argue commentary in support of or against a candidate or position should be added/subtracted accordingly.

    Which would put all of the squawkboxes at a truly mathematical extreme: infinity for our guy vs. undefined for that other guy.

  10. avatar
    misha marinsky November 6, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    JPotter: The Loon of the Senate, Okieland’s own, Jim Inhofe,

    Here’s my favorite Okie loon, getting a pie in her face:

    Anita Bryant Pie in the Face – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS91gT3XT_A

  11. avatar
    Andrew Vrba, PmG November 6, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    My wife and I are gonna vote probably around lunch time.

  12. avatar
    Catbit November 6, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    I am confused. So after listening to the candidates, watching Faux while taking a shower, looking over the fake birth certificate, and watching all those Obama conspiracy videos being posted on the interweb-thingie, I finally decided to cast my vote for Mitt Romney. However, when I downloaded a sample ballot for my county, there was only ONE Mitt Romney listed – which one is it?

  13. avatar
    Horus November 6, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    I voted early, in fact I’m PEVL here in AZ.
    Even voting early I had to wait in line, but there were only about a dozen people ahead of me when I got in line.

  14. avatar
    Greenfinches November 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    Catbit:
    I am confused. So after listening to the candidates, watching Faux while taking a shower, looking over the fake birth certificate, and watching all those Obama conspiracy videos being posted on the interweb-thingie, I finally decided to cast my vote for Mitt Romney. However, when I downloaded a sample ballot for my county, there was only ONE Mitt Romney listed – which one is it?

    don’t worry your little peon head, just vote Romney, and he’ll tell you later what he plans to do.

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!!!

  15. avatar
    Wile November 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Here’s a way fun interactive showing the various paths to 270…

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/11/02/us/politics/paths-to-the-white-house.html

  16. avatar
    charo November 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    JPotter: Yesterday, while out to lunch, I noticed FAUX litterally broadcasting an entire Romney rally. Keepin’ it subtle. Let’s hear it for the Fairness Doctrine! Let’s hear it for keep the Commons free!

    I saw that coverage also. But did you bother to follow what happened next? The Obama rally and the intensity of that crowd was covered, which led to a comment about the tightness of the race… but I guess you would rather do what you claim Faux News does.

  17. avatar
    sfjeff November 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    I was happy to vote this morning- heavy turn out for 7:30 in the a.m.

  18. avatar
    Majority Will November 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Rupert Murdoch ‏@rupertmurdoch tweeted:

    “Thanks Bloomberg right decision.@Now Christie, while thanking O, must re- declare for Romney, or take blame for next four dire years.”

    https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch

    Imagine the outrage from the far right if that had been the head of CNN or MSNBC.

  19. avatar
    Patrick McKinnion November 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Washington is a vote by mail state, so I don’t have any voting horror stories. Got the ballot in the mail two weeks ago. Filled it out. Drove it the next day to the county administration office because I don’t trust the mail for things like this. Dropped it in the slot in the registrar’s office. Got a sticker, drove to work.

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    JPotter November 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    charo: … but I guess you would rather do what you claim Faux News does.

    Well, let’s see, I was out to lunch with my son, The coverage (relay!) started while we ordered, and was still going when we left, ~15 minutes later. That’s not highlights or reporting, that’s broadcasting a speech, functioning as a campaign’s media wing. Did they then invoice the campaign?

    So, you’re telling me that FAUX followed this ‘coverage’ with neutral, ‘fair and balanced’ commentary / analysis, followed by an equal-time relay ofan Obama event, capped by an equal period of neutral, ‘fair and balanced’ commentary / analysis?

    Will you next assure me that MSNBC has been fair toward Romney?

  21. avatar
    Underdog November 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    The wife and went to vote about 11:30 at the middle school a couple of miles away, wait was about 15 mins. No people with signs. (In Texas they assume that everyone is Republican and don’t pay much attention to us stray Democrats)

  22. avatar
    misha marinsky November 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Catbit: when I downloaded a sample ballot for my county, there was only ONE Mitt Romney listed – which one is it?

    You have four five to choose from.

  23. avatar
    JPotter November 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    Obama takes Guam with 72%:
    http://ketr.org/post/guam-non-binding-straw-poll-gives-obama-commanding-win

    Who knew Kenyans had such pull out in the Pacific?

  24. avatar
    charo November 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    JPotter: Well, let’s see, I was out to lunch with my son, The coverage (relay!) started while we ordered, and was still going when we left, ~15 minutes later. That’s not highlights or reporting, that’s broadcasting a speech, functioning as a campaign’s media wing. Did they then invoice the campaign?

    So, you’re telling me that FAUX followed this ‘coverage’ with neutral, ‘fair and balanced’ commentary / analysis, followed by an equal-time relay ofan Obama event, capped by an equal period of neutral, ‘fair and balanced’ commentary / analysis?

    Will you next assure me that MSNBC has been fair toward Romney?

    There was a commercial break, and then they went to the Obama rally in Ohio. The enthusiasm level was discussed. The consensus was that it is a very close race. As with other networks, it depends on the time of day as to whether there is reporting or more of an opinion show. The point you missed is that you implied there was only Romney coverage, which there was not. I am not usually home in the day. I happened to see the same event you did, except that I saw what transpired after the Romney coverage. The size of the crowd was panned, and his speech, whatever you want to call it, was shown as it was happening. The commentary I heard was just as I described: Obama supporters were very enthusiastic as well. Whoever the commentators were talked about how close the race was going to be. I didn’t follow after that. I am speaking specifically about the segment of the news that you used to seemingly represent as an example for the need of the “fairness doctrine” to be re-instituted.

  25. avatar
    donna November 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    doc: ” the news media ……….”

    this am, i heard chuck todd say that not announcing until the polls close for that state “was the deal they made with congress”

  26. avatar
    Norbrook November 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    I voted around 9:30 AM. The ID requirement was met by saying hello to the woman at the sign-in station – it’s a small town – and getting my ballot. For the first time in my memory, there actually were Democrats running for every position. Heck, even county coroner (unopposed).

  27. avatar
    RuhRoh November 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    Happy to report that many of the problems occurring next town over from me were resolved by noon when replacement voting machines arrived. In my town, we”ve had a few reports of being asked for photo I’D though none is required, and people not being listed in the rolls at one polling place(which was moved twice due to power outages). Some polling places ran out of provisional ballots at times because of people voting in wrong polling place (allowed in my state due to Sandy) but we’re quickly restocked.

  28. avatar
    RuhRoh November 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    *apologies for typos. Using my phone as is only available internet*

  29. avatar
    RuhRoh November 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    Email and fax voting in NJ has been extended Friday Nov 9.

  30. avatar
    gorefan November 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    Story about voting machines placing the wrong vote.

    “A Pennsylvania electronic voting machine was taken out of service after being captured on video changing a vote for President Obama into one for Mitt Romney, NBC News has confirmed. ”

    [skip]

    “Separately, the RNC last week sent a letter (pdf) to elections officials in six other states, including Ohio, Nevada, and Colorado, raising concerns that machines had wrongly counted votes for Romney as ones for Obama, and asking them to address the problem.”

    http://tv.msnbc.com/2012/11/06/machine-turns-vote-for-obama-into-one-for-romney/

    Looks like Hugo Chavez voting machines are battling major Romney donors’ voting machines.

    “What am I supposed to do? Call him for cheating better than me?” Doyle Lonnegan

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    RuhRoh November 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    @foreman: saw that. Add this to the ongoing voter suppression efforts in Fl and Oh, the secret software patch being applied to OH voting machines, etc. and I am glad I have no cable or internet and spend my timevolunteering at a Sandy shelter these days. Otherwise I’d be ready for a padded room. NY and NJ vote g in Sandy-affected areas is SOOOO messed up. Safe states, supposedly, and chaotic. I am so exhausted by Sandy fallout, I am kinda happy that I have no means to obsess over election returns.

  32. avatar
    sfjeff November 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    This just in:

    California is projected to go for Obama…..

  33. avatar
    LW November 6, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    sfjeff:
    This just in:

    California is projected to go for Obama…..

    Blue state is blue!

  34. avatar
    Scientist November 6, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Unskewed polls sk(r)ewed.

    Data-based analysis 50, wishful conjecture 0. Sort of like the birther court cases…

  35. avatar
    Scientist November 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Looks like 4 more years of birthin’

  36. avatar
    The Magic M November 6, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

    Birthers on WND still in denial. Let them enjoy their last 4 hours of hope…
    For some, the truth has already sunk in – those are the ones who now dream of another civil war…

  37. avatar
    The Magic M November 6, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    Next up: Orly names all Obama voters as defendants in Third Amended Motion For Expedited Emergency Reconsideration Complaint & RICO

  38. avatar
    Arthur November 6, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    The Magic M:
    Birthers on WND still in denial. Let them enjoy their last 4 hours of hope…
    For some, the truth has already sunk in – those are the ones who now dream of another civil war…

    During the past several days, the residents of ORYR were making bold assertions of an overwhelming Romney win. Now they they are starting to whine that Romney will lose because he didn’t play the birther card.

  39. avatar
    Arthur November 6, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    The Magic M:
    Next up: Orly names all Obama voters as defendants in Third Amended Motion For Expedited Emergency Reconsideration Complaint & RICO

    I can’t wait! I’ve always wanted a excuse to attend an Orly hearing.

  40. avatar
    Arthur November 6, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

    According to Huffington Post, Obama is now at 244 . . . only 26 electoral votes from 270.

  41. avatar
    Arthur November 6, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    MSNBC calls election for Obama. Oh, those sweet birther tears!

  42. avatar
    Scientist November 6, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    NBC just called Ohio. 274 now. Gains in the Senate as well.

  43. avatar
    Majority Will November 6, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    Congratulations, Mr. President!

    That popping noise is not fireworks. It’s those little birther bigots’ minds being blown.

  44. avatar
    misha marinsky November 6, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    Mazel tov!!

  45. avatar
    LW November 6, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

    Obama wins; Warren wins; rape loses, 0-2…

    It’s a good night.

  46. avatar
    Lani November 6, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    It’s a good night for those of us in Hawaii with short form birth certificates!

  47. avatar
    misha marinsky November 6, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    I just left this at Oily’s site:

    Ha, ha. Obama just won.

    Eat your heart out. You are a shonde and momser.

    Take your birther train, and shove it up your tuchus.

  48. avatar
    misha marinsky November 6, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

    Cory Booker will be our next president.

    Remember, you heard it here first.

  49. avatar
    Bernard November 6, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

    At 11:15 EST MSNBC (and others) called it for Obama based on the Electoral College points. Not yet clear if Obama also wins the popular vote. House remains Republican, Senate remains Democrat. Some good news: Elizabeth Warren is in, Todd Akin is out. Presumably (please God) the bickering ends. The most expensive election in US history has come to a close with not a lot of change in the basics.

  50. avatar
    misha marinsky November 6, 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    Any news about Oily? I can’t find anything on Google.

  51. avatar
    JPotter November 6, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    FAUX is furiously tapdancing, Rove is denouncing this “premature” call … yeah, what about those premature calls? He just referred to a county in Ohio as a ‘good’ Republican county. You can’t make it up. The rest of the pundits have adopted a “But… but you promised, Daddy Karl! You promised!” style of childish reproach.

    I haven’t heard a peep on the Senate races out of FAUX. Now, why is that?

    How do people watch this every day?

  52. avatar
    misha marinsky November 7, 2012 at 12:03 am #

    JPotter: I haven’t heard a peep on the Senate races out of FAUX. Now, why is that? How do people watch this every day?

    O’Reilly: “Obama wins because it’s not a traditional America anymore,” he said. “The white establishment is the minority.”

    Yeah, race has nothing to do with it.

  53. avatar
    Arthur November 7, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    Hey everyone–remember this poll Dr. C. conducted back in 2010?

    http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/2010/06/obama-re-election-poll/

    Kinda fun to revisit it now and read the comments. Misha predicted that Romney would be the Republican nominee and that he would lose. Misha also predicted that Romney would leave politics and start acting in soap operas. We’ll see . . . maybe he’ll make a guest appearance on “Sister Wives”–it that’s even on anymore.

  54. avatar
    donna November 7, 2012 at 12:08 am #

    todd akin, mourdock, joe walsh OUT

  55. avatar
    Arthur November 7, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    donna:
    todd akin, mourdock, joe walsh OUT

    Wonderful indeed.

  56. avatar
    donna November 7, 2012 at 12:18 am #

    trump’s tweets

    This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!

    He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!

    We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!

    Lets fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us.

    more:

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83450.html#ixzz2BVkeYlRd

  57. avatar
    sfjeff November 7, 2012 at 12:23 am #

    I hope Trump is rejected by viewers by the millions.

  58. avatar
    misha marinsky November 7, 2012 at 12:24 am #

    donna: todd akin, mourdock, joe walsh OUT

    Also, Scott Brown. Youser!!

  59. avatar
    misha marinsky November 7, 2012 at 12:31 am #

    Arthur: maybe he’ll make a guest appearance on “Sister Wives”–it that’s even on anymore.

    It runs in the family.

  60. avatar
    misha marinsky November 7, 2012 at 12:41 am #

    Arthur: Misha predicted that Romney would be the Republican nominee and that he would lose. Misha also predicted that Romney would leave politics and start acting in soap operas.

    Yiddishe kup.

  61. avatar
    Arthur November 7, 2012 at 12:57 am #

    donna: He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!

    Trump is wrong again. According to latest counts, Obama beat Romney in the popular vote.

  62. avatar
    misha marinsky November 7, 2012 at 12:58 am #

    The ghost of Seamus past…

  63. avatar
    Arthur November 7, 2012 at 12:59 am #

    Romney’s finally making his concession speech — listening to it in the background. What I’d give to have vial of Ann Romney’s tears.

  64. avatar
    John Reilly November 7, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    Congratulations to my friends on this blog, and to the Doc, for all of his work.

  65. avatar
    JPotter November 7, 2012 at 1:19 am #

    donna: He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!

    Is that what he said last time? LOL!

    Does he tweet these personally, or is he dictating to a flunkie?

  66. avatar
    El Diablo Negro November 7, 2012 at 1:28 am #

    This sums it up in my opinion.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owzhYNcd4OM

    mmmm….tears of sadness.

  67. avatar
    LW November 7, 2012 at 1:48 am #

    I really thought the Melissa Joan Hart endorsement was going to turn the whole thing around for Mitt.

  68. avatar
    Keith November 7, 2012 at 2:31 am #

    misha marinsky: Also, Scott Brown. Youser!!

    Bachman on the precipice…

  69. avatar
    misha marinsky November 7, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    JPotter: or is he dictating to a flunkie?

    Dictating to the badger on his head.