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- Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida were thought to be key states for Obama.  If he won any one of them, he'd have the election in the bag.  As usual, this makes me question the effectiveness of the popular vote beyond the occasional spoiler or justification for third-party funding.
- While Obama seems to have won all three, he didn't need *any of them* this time around.  (Yes, he would have won by all of two electoral votes, but a win's a win.)
- Prop 8 passed.  WTF?
- Now what?  Sure, we're likely to have some significant policy changes, but at the end of the day, there's a huge mess to clean up, a lot of which is tied into personal responsibility.  You can't legislate people out of being stupid.
- I can't be the only one worried about a disproportionately high number of assassination attempts.

Date: 2008-11-05 06:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] twotone
I just want to know if McCain will share his big secret plan on how to find and capture Bin Laden.

Date: 2008-11-05 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] picard42.livejournal.com
Just to play devil's advocate, it's not like Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida's electoral votes count more than the others. They just happen to have populations that are more evenly proportioned than most states. Any state can become a swing state. If Texas and California traded half of their populations, they'd be HUGE swing states. Those three states just happen to be those with the path of least resistance in flipping.

To use a strained analogy, it's like when someone gets the winning run in a baseball game because someone made an error at the last minute. It's no more that guy's fault than it is the rest of the team's for not getting more runs during the rest of the game.

Also, I'll second that WTF on Prop 8. That's insane. What happens to all of the people already married? Are they grandfathered in, at least?

And PLEASE don't let anyone assassinate Obama. The last thing we need is that windbag Biden as our president. You thought the rest of the world hated us before? Wait until Biden tells the president of Germany she's ugly and flips off the premier of China.

Date: 2008-11-05 09:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raptorck.livejournal.com
While you're correct, the omission here is that CNN and others were completely marginalizing the *other* swing states, and that Obama had more appeal (or less apathy) to centrists in New Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada. It's not that the big three are swing states, it's that the media painted them as the *only* swing states.

As for Prop 8, all I know is that the odds are good that George Takei is about to move to Massachusetts. I'll also do all I can to keep people from assassinating Obama, but I'm pretty sure that's going to be a job best performed by the Secret Service.

(Now, mind you, the German president is pretty ugly, for a woman, and we've all clearly established my Fuck China policy.)

Date: 2008-11-05 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] recharge138.livejournal.com
You know, as many people viciously hated Bush (on both sides) and he avoided assasination. I'm pretty sure the SS has gotten to the point in their protective measures its almost a mathematical impossibility.


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