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2008 Presidential Election

by eric on November 3rd, 2008 in: Other Stuff

I’m more invested in this Presidential election than I’ve ever been. It’s the first time I’ve felt strongly enough to donate and volunteer for a campaign and the first time in years I’ve believed good changes might actually be coming for America.

For months, I’ve subjected my lovely wife to countless hours of MSNBC, CNN, and The Daily Show. Like an addict, I jones for the latest political news from the moment I wake up, and have even had political nightmares, waking up in a cold sweat.

If you haven’t voted, and you’re here in America, tomorrow’s the big day, so get off your duff and exercise your rights, dang it.

Not sure what I’ll do once the election’s over, but in the meantime, I’ll post a geeky widget because, well, that’s what geek news junkies do, right? [widget removed 11/06 – see MSNBC for full details]

Final Electoral Results: Barack Obama 364/173 John McCain

P.S. Watch Rachel Maddow. She’s darling, goofy, and wicked smart.

P.S.S. If you’re having trouble deciding who you should vote for, I believe the correct answer is Barack Obama! πŸ™‚

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  1. Rich said:

    November 6th, 2008 at 15:21

    My feeling was that both candidates were good choices.
    Although the glib self confident smooth talker really shines in the pan, the real forces at work are the US congress.
    Give Barack the “line item veto” – which every president has asked for, and somethings in government might change.
    The belief that one person in administration can suddenly change the course of a huge ship is misguided.
    Barack is a good man, but I’m afraid that he will be mowed under the behemoth of politics. The key to telling will be how long Barrak is able to “rally the troops” to action with his eloquence.
    If the troops simply vote and walk away to sit on their hands, and not write their representative, then nothing will change.
    Hey, here’s an political intelligence test question: “What is the line item veto and what does it mean?”
    Sorry – no multiple choices – this is an essay question.

  2. eric said:

    November 6th, 2008 at 16:53

    Rich,

    As you can tell, I certainly believe that America did the right thing and elected the best candidates.

    There’s no question that it won’t be easy or quick, but I think we’ve got the smartest guys for the job and they’re already doing a bang up job in just the first few days organizing their upcoming administration.

    It’s also quite refreshing to see the new URL for the administration:

    http://change.gov

  3. eric said:

    November 6th, 2008 at 16:54

    Here’s my slacker answer:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line-item_veto

  4. Rich said:

    November 9th, 2008 at 11:00

    This is a little off topic, and it’s a little creepy:

    “Suddenly it felt as if somebody in a back room had flipped a switch,” Obama wrote. “The president’s eyes became fixed; his voice took on the agitated, rapid tone of someone neither accustomed to nor welcoming interruption; his easy affability was replaced by an almost messianic certainty. As I watched my mostly Republican Senate colleagues hang on his every word, I was reminded of the dangerous isolation that power can bring, and appreciated the Founders’ wisdom in designating a system to keep power in check.”

    Taken from: http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/11/09/bush-obama-meeting-hard-feelings-hand-sanitier/

  5. eric said:

    November 9th, 2008 at 15:26

    Interesting. I think of Bush as anything but dynamic or messianic. More like and ineffective, embarrassing, and criminal.

  6. July 16th, 2009 at 02:28

    So how do you think He’s doing so far?

  7. eric said:

    July 16th, 2009 at 11:51

    Just about as well as can be expected. Although I don’t agree with everything he’s done, I think he’s aimed in the right general direction and there’s no doubt that he and his administration are smarter, more effective, and better for the US than the previous criminal doofus yahoos, if you ask me. πŸ™‚

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