November 03, 2008

I am not one to make predictions...

...but I feel pretty safe in making this one.

Should it happen that Americans elect a Democrat as President tomorrow, I can guarantee that when the new Administration moves in to the White House and various executive-branch offices, all of the computer keyboards will have their full complement of 'O' keys, and there won't be trash strewn all around, and things that belong to The People won't mysteriously disappear into staff briefcases as souvenirs, and in general the transition from R to D will be businesslike.

Businesslike, although not quite as efficient as the coordinated efforts made this year has been at encouraging the registration of fraudulent voters and assisting them in casting ballots, collecting fraudulent donations from all corners of the globe, and the effort by the press to bury its carcass in a steaming pile of irrelevance.

Gosh, I'm sure it'll all be worth it in the long run, right guys?


As for what will happen should the opposite situation occur, I can't quite say. Given the obstacles, it certainly would be quite a repudiation of the aforementioned influence of the ballot-box-stuffing/untraceable walking-around-money/yellow "journalism" troika, and I do certainly hope that it would come to pass. But when cheats lose, it's a bit much to expect them do so gracefully.

In any event, go and exercise your franchise tomorrow, and whether your choice wins or loses, please don't be an idjit. (And yes, I realize this is more difficult for a certain group of you.)

UPDATE 11/4/08: I went at lunch today and did my part to beat back the rising tide of Wobblies and Weathermen and their fellow-travelers.

I do have to say that it was pleasant for the most part, although the polling place was packed pretty tightly. After finding a parking place, the wait from first getting to the end of my line until I fed the ballot into the machine was thirty minutes, which is a bit longer than I remember it in the past. Then again, maybe not.

But in any event, it still felt like a good ol' American election--no screaming or hollering or thugs or mugs--just a bunch of folks standing around waiting and talking. I will say this, though, no matter what party it happens to be, people who are tightly-wound partisans are downright odd.

One early-middle-aged lady came out the doors after voting, dressed in a sharp bright red business suit, stilletos, little rectangular glasses, upswept brunette hair--yep, the full Palin. You could tell she was some sort of big-R Republican-type person and full of that odd chattiness that politicians and politician-wannabes affect, and she probably thought she was either a) being cutesy, b) being completely non-ironic in showing her devotion to the ideals of Sarah Palin, or c) this was the way she's always looked (not likely). But gee whiz--party loyalty's one thing, and dress-up is quite something else. It makes you seem about ten years old. And frankly, we've got enough childish people in politics.

And also frankly, she didn't quite pull off the look, either. Which offended me deeply.

Anyway, it will be interesting to see how this all turns out in four years.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at November 3, 2008 02:57 PM

You're just prejudiced against Idjit-Americans.

Posted by: skinnydan at November 4, 2008 08:25 AM

When I voted a week and a half ago, I did not know that under Wisconsin law, if I were to die between that time and election day, my vote would not be counted. If I had known, I would have waited, since even if I HAD died, I'm sure someone would have found a way to cast my ballot.

Does than mean I'm an idjit?

Posted by: Diane at November 4, 2008 11:52 AM

I must admit, Dan, a certain lack of caring and understanding toward Idjit-Americans.

And no Diane, you're not an idjit. Apparently you're part of a quickly withering group known as "people who follow rules and expect others to do the same."

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at November 4, 2008 01:42 PM

I went at around 8:30 and was out before 9:00. One of my co-workers (who lives across the street from my polling place but votes at one a mile away) waited 4 hours to vote after getting there at 7:00. Seems the county changed a few hundred people's precinct but only sent two workers to the new one. As my friend said, "Darn, we have to wait until the next election to get back at whoever screwed up!"

Posted by: Larry Anderson at November 4, 2008 05:57 PM

Well, I predict the next election will be like voting for American Idol, and you'll get to text or phone in your vote choice as many times as you like.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at November 4, 2008 06:05 PM

I predict that someone knowledgeable is going to take Ms. Obama aside and say, "Ma'am, you need a new designer."

That black and red dress was just dreadful. What were they thinking? Some modernized pinafore? Blechh.

It brought to mind the black widow. That's not a pleasant idea on any level.

Posted by: Janis Gore at November 5, 2008 12:24 PM

Someone else agrees.

Posted by: Janis Gore at November 5, 2008 12:44 PM

Sorry--I got confused and thought you wrote merry widow.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at November 5, 2008 12:59 PM

It does sort of look like...never mind.

Posted by: Diane at November 5, 2008 04:04 PM

She looks best in tailored styles. Most middle-aged professional women do.

I've not liked a few of her dresses that were too casual and girlish for the venues during the campaign.

Posted by: Janis Gore at November 5, 2008 04:36 PM

Hey, speakin' of girlish--I tell you what, you women raised with sisters are different than women raised with brothers.

My sister is smart, runs every one of my campaigns; is beautiful; graduated with honors from college; is homecoming queen.

But she's a...she is what I called a 'girl-boy' growing up, you know what I mean?

And I tell you what--girl-girls are tougher than girl-boys.

But there's one important thing I noticed.

The great thing about marrying into a family with five sisters, there's always one that loves you.

'Cause you can count on splitting them a bit.

You know what I mean?

I shouldn't be going off like this, but — hey, folks...

Sorry--just channeling my Inner Joe.

I pity all of the people who aren't as brilliant as I am.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at November 5, 2008 04:57 PM

His wife is an appealing woman.

'Spect she says "Un hunh" a lot?

Posted by: Janis Gore at November 5, 2008 06:02 PM

His wife, Jill, looks like an intelligent and appealing woman.

I suspect that she says "uhm hum" a lot, in a distracted way.

Posted by: Janis Gore at November 5, 2008 06:11 PM

Sorry, thought the other one didn't go through.

Posted by: Janis Gore at November 5, 2008 06:12 PM

God love ya, Janis. Just like a woman, y'know, always going on and on and the like and can't even run a simple machine like a computer. Oh God, what am I sayin'!? Of course you're nothing like a woman! You're articulate and intelligent and clean and wow, y'know, just WOW! Amazing! That's what you are! Some people just aren't smart enough to see that, that's all.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at November 5, 2008 06:17 PM

Uhm hum.

Posted by: Janis Gore at November 5, 2008 06:32 PM