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Post-Election Open Thread 
5th-Nov-2008 02:27 pm
Elijah_Shocked
It's been like 14 hours since Obama was declared the President-elect, and I still feel like the best combination of drunk and high in the world. (Yes, I stole that analogy from a fanfic; 10 points if you know which one.)

I am still sick.... I passed out around 1:00am last night and woke up a couple times, but basically slept until almost noon today. I really wanted to get a newspaper, but all the WaPo's sold out really quick and there's not a copy to be found in all of Reston.



I am so ridiculously proud of NoVA right now. Democrat Gerry Connolly won Tom Davis' seat, and my Dem Congressman Jim Moran easily won reelection. (Republican Frank Wolf also easily won against Judy Feder, but I'm not terribly surprised.) In the Senate race, Democrat Mark Warner trounced Jim Gilmore as we all expected. Most important, Virginia went blue last night. Looking at the county-by-county results, it's amazing - Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria are all blue by wide margins, as expected, but then the outer suburbs like Loudon and Prince William counties also went blue by smaller but still comfortable margins. That's where the supposed "Real Virginia" starts, so it's really noteable.

Then there's all the other red states that went for Obama - I almost cried when Ohio got called, and then Florida towards the end of the night. We've fought so hard for those states.

There's a lot to celebrate right now, but it's also tempered by some sad news: the hateful Proposition 8 in California got passed. Oh, California, you make me cry.

I have no real content to offer right now, I'm just so giddy. Someone, come be giddy with me!
Comments 
5th-Nov-2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
As an Ohioan, I totally get your joy! My house was a cacophony of joy when Ohio went blue. :-) We also cheered for Pennsylvania going blue as well, as I know how hard the labor unions were fighting racism there.

What a joy to wake up in a world where Barack Obama is the President-Elect of the United States of America. :-)

I am, however, sadden by the passings of California prop 8, Arizona prop 102, Florida prop 2, and the banning of gay adoption in Arkansas. Hopefully, those things can be turned around in time, especially with a government steered by President Obama.
5th-Nov-2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
This is just the coolest fucking time to be an American right now. I am so proud of my country.

Ooooh, I missed out on the Arizona and Florida props. And banning gay adoption in Arkansas, what the fuck? Man, I've really been out of the loop. I've been so focused on the presidential election that I haven't been paying attention to other stuff around the country.
5th-Nov-2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, I missed out on the Arizona and Florida props. Yeah, so did everyone else. That's why it got passed. No on 102 had very few volunteers and around 64 thousand dollars to play with. Yes had tons, absolute saturation of their message, with almost 4 million to play with. There was no way 102 would fail sadly.
6th-Nov-2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
I am not so sure... in Florida and Arizona the media age may have been a big factor.

The whole gay marriage issue is a trailing tool of the culture war idiots... it is one of the last to successfully divide us on age. AZ and FL are retirement homes for the rest of the country, and I never thought we had much chance in either right now (wait 15 years and this will change).

California shocked me; and frankly I think there are a lot of "Yes" voters who think they voted for more equal rights.

We know that happened in Virginia in 2006, about 3% reported being confused... and sickened when they realized they'd voted wrong... not enough of a margin to change the outcome in VA, but it does matter that the confusion tactics worked so well.

California simply had too many propositions this year, it was hard for activists to keep track of.
5th-Nov-2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
I live in CA and was proud to vote against prop 8. I am so so sad that it passed and that the No on 8 campaign was so pathetic.
5th-Nov-2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
It was really sad, because the pro-Prop 8 people were just so much better funded right from the start. Gah.
5th-Nov-2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
That entry is flocked. but yay!
6th-Nov-2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
Did you get one? She went and stood in a long line and was able to get only ONE copy :(
6th-Nov-2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
WaPo was selling special commemorative editions of yesterday's paper for $1.50 today, so I snagged one of those.
5th-Nov-2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
First time in over four decades that Indiana has voted Democrat! YAY!!! I'm so proud to be a Hoosier right now! =D
5th-Nov-2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
It's such an amazing time, isn't it? I've never been prouder of Virginia.
6th-Nov-2008 12:45 am (UTC)
I could hardly believe it when I saw Indiana go blue! I'm so glad that I made a bunch of people that I know vote, who otherwise would not have. Yay Hoosiers!
5th-Nov-2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
I can't believe Minnesota (and my district! argh!) re-elected that twit, Michele Bachmann. How embarrassing. Our Senate race appears to be up in the air still, but I take comfort in knowing that even if Coleman is re-elected, he'll likely vote with whoever's in power. He was a Democrat before he was a Republican before he started touting his independence.

I'm so angry with California. And Arkansas and Florida, but mostly California. How cruel. Well, I'm sure there'll be appeals. This fight isn't over.

Meantime, this morning I got to wake up in a country that didn't just elect but gave a mandate to the son of an African man and a Kansan woman, and I feel so good about that.
5th-Nov-2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
Ugh, so sorry about Michele Bachmann. Gah.

I'm bitterly disappointed in California. I really thought they were better than that.

Overall though, it's such an awesome time to be an American.
5th-Nov-2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
I'm not so proud of CA, but one of my flisters posted this. I hope it works, because Prop 8 is really killing my buzz. >:p
5th-Nov-2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
I hope so too. California, I'm so very disappointed in you.
5th-Nov-2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
As a Californian who voted against Prop 8, it really is hard to deal with my own disappointment and yours too. Here's a better idea of something to think about: what are we going to do about it? Obviously we didn't pay enough attention to it the first time around, how are we going to work to repeal it then?
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