OPEN ELECTION THREAD
Gloat if Republicans or Democrats win! Seethe if Republicans or Democrats lose! It’s your choice!
UPDATE. Attention, voters! Is it raining where you’re at? If so, that’s the work of Gaia and Rove:
A new study of voter behavior confirms something political operatives have long suspected: rain hurts Democrats and helps Republicans. The study found that 1 inch of rain reduces overall turnout by slightly less than 1 percent and cuts the Democratic vote by 2.5 percentage points.
UPDATE III. Greg Palast:
Here’s how the 2006 mid-term election was stolen.
Note the past tense. And I’m not kidding.
And shoot me for saying this, but it won’t be stolen by jerking with the touch-screen machines (though they’ll do their nasty part). While progressives panic over the viral spread of suspect computer black boxes, the Karl Rove-bots have been tunneling into the vote vaults through entirely different means.
Means explained by Dave S.: “All went according to plan. The poll worker who was handing out the ballots pulled up her sleeve a bit, showing the Mark of the Beast on her wrist (a ‘KR’ encircled by a dragon eating its own tail, for those who missed the meeting - I’m looking at you, Wron). I gave her the verbal countersign (‘There was blood on the moon last night’), and she handed me the special ballot and directed me to booth #13, where I found the invisible-ink pen and wrote the initiation code (‘666/Scorpius’) in the appropriate place. I fed the ballot into the Diebold, it gave the confirmation tritone (the first three notes of ‘Black Sabbath’), and bang! There’s my 100 votes!”
UPDATE IV. Post-election discussion tonight at the Nelson Hotel, Oxford St., Bondi Junction from 8pm. Wear protective attire.
UPDATE V. Paperweight deployed:
A man who reportedly believed Republicans were conspiring to steal today’s election entered an Allentown polling site, signed in and proceeded to smash the screen of one of the electronic voting machines with a metal cat paperweight, poll volunteers said.
UPDATE VI. Jonah Goldberg: “It looks bad for the GOP right now.”
UPDATE VII. NRO has excellent ongoing coverage here. Outlook remains grim for Republicans.
UPDATE VIII. Richard McEnroe: “Lamont crashed and burned. Kos is now officially O-for-EVERYTHING.”
UPDATE IX. Ramesh Ponnuru: “If I heard him right, John Kerry just called Ted Kennedy the greatest senator in American history.”
UPDATE X. Mark Steyn: “So much for post-9/11 realism: The United States now has its first self-declared socialist in the senate - my Vermont neighbor, Bernie Sanders.” Also from Steyn: “The Democrats are close enough to smell those House chairmanships now - as well as the big chairwomanship.”
UPDATE XII. An election promise from Michael Moore:
I’LL PUT YOU ON MY WEBSITE. That’s right. You can appear on my home page and be seen by millions later today. All you need to do is bring a broom when you go to vote. The broom is our mascot today because we’re going to sweep the crooks and the warmongers outta office. Take a picture of yourself holding a broom outside your polling place, e-mail it to me, and I’ll put as many of you as I can up on the home page of my website.
UPDATE XIII. The SMH:
Democrats swept Republicans out of power in the US House of Representatives today, riding public doubts about the war in Iraq and President George Bush’s leadership to victory.
UPDATE XIV. Steyn: “Okay, looks like it’s time to start saying ‘Madam Speaker’ ...”
UPDATE XV. Ned Lamont is a Hero.