Posts Tagged 'presidential election'

The Waiting Game Begins

Today is not only Election Day — it’s also Jump Outta Your Skin You’re So Nervous About the Election Day! After overdosing on MSNBC and CNN this morning, my pal Pam and I escaped by going over to the Steeping Room for al fresco dining. Ahhhhhh…. Austin in November: sunshine and a soft breeze, great food (especially the tea and the coconut cupcake!). We sat next to a really nice guy who had two sibling Weimaraners, who just stretched out and snoozed, rising only for a bite of food and in response to an annoying barking Shih Tzu whose owners LEFT IT OUTSIDE! Don’t get me wrong; I love Shih Tzus (Sammy and Rosy in particular); what I don’t love are owners who leave their dogs unsupervised.

Then we took a stroll through the Domain (Austin’s California-style mall!). In a fit of patriotic shopping pique, we visited that all-American shopping venue, COSTCO, to grab some bites for tonight’s viewing party.

So now here we are at 7:35 p.m., antsy and still not quite breathing. Took Patsy for a walk and then chopped veggies and vacuumed! Anything to keep busy.

Just think: In 24 hours, we’ll know. Barack ON!

WT…?!?!?! More Random Crapola!

Okay, today has to go down as one of the wackiest ever! Let me see if I’ve got this straight — no, I can’t even go there; it’s all giving me whiplash! And just what WAS the point of lying to David Letterman about going to Washington, only to end up sitting down for a nice chat with Katie Couric?!?!?!

Instead, I’ll go with these:

  • McCain’s Plan: Blurt Out Random Crap: Bob Cescas probably said it best in this hysterical column at Huff Post: “If what we’ve seen from the senator so far is him ‘focusing’ on the economy — what the hell is he like when he’s multitasking? What’s next, McCain? Suspending the election?”
  • Wanda Sykes tears into McCain and Palin on Leno last night:”That’s a crazy, scary lady right there. Gun-toting and, you know, shooting caribou. … They don’t let her talk. They say, “Oh, she’s meeting with the world leaders.” But there’s no reporters. I’m like, is she meeting with the world leaders, or did you take her to the Epcot Center? Let her drink around the world? You know, because I’ve done that. Maybe I should be Secretary of State. … She has been to Mexico. Does this ring a bell, George W. Bush? … She was like, ‘I can see Russia from my backyard.’ What — what — what — while you were delivering letters to Santa Claus at the North Pole?”
  • Letterman’s zingers just wouldn’t stop tonight:
    • “What are you going to do if you’re elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We’ve got a guy like that now!”
    • “You don’t suspend your campaign. This doesn’t smell right. This isn’t the way a tested hero behaves. I think someone’s putting something in his metamucil.”

What I’m Wondering About

  1. How higher math works in Wasilla: If Sarah Palin landed $27 million in earmarks for Wasilla as mayor, how the heck did she end up leaving the town $20 million in debt?
  2. Renaming Rights: Why don’t we just bow to reality and call it the “Double Talk Express”?
  3. Whither Independents? What happened to all of the independent voter focus groups? I can’t find much on this, other than articles that show little movement toward her. The silence seems odd, if she’s making such a difference in the overall polls.
  4. McCain ties to a Failed Bank: Speaking of deathly quiet, why the silence over last week’s failure of Silver State Bank, where Andrew McCain until recently sat on the audit committee (which, according to the WSJ, was “responsible for overseeing the company’s financial condition.”)?
  5. Where’s Oprah?!?

I’m With Barack: ENOUGH!

This is really important. Today Barack Obama shot back at McPalin with a brilliant speech that said exactly what I’ve been thinking (well, not in his eloquent terms, but the sentiment remains the same): “I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and swiftboat politics. Enough is enough!”

Here’s a 4:48 minute clip; please watch it NOW!

Even though this could have appeared on TV news shows, but apparently the nattering nabos were much too busy carrying on about pigs wearing lipstick and who called who a pig and about how sexist we all are for daring to ask anything about the Alaska governor.

“Spare me the phony outrage, spare me the phony talk about change. We have real problems in this country right now.”

I’m so with Barack Obama on this. Please forward this to everyone you can think of. This deserves to be heard.

What the …? It Just Gets Deeper

Whoa! I cant’ even keep up with the onslaught! Here are my new choice WT…? bits:

  • Troopergate: Why, that’s a page out of the Bush playbook, isn’t it?
  • The lawsuit filed against her by the parents of autistic boy who has to live in another state because she won’t approve state funds to help — whoops! — special-needs children, after all!
  • Karl Rove on why a governor is not qualified to be VP: “With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he’s been a governor for three years, he’s been able but undistinguished,” Rove said. “I don’t think people could really name a big, important thing that he’s done. He was mayor of the 105th largest city in America.” (Wonder what number Wasilla weighs in at on that largest-city list

My New Favorite Quote

From the Anchorage Daily News:

“State Senate President Lyda Green said she thought it was a joke when someone called her at 6 a.m. to give her the news.

” ‘She’s not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?” said Green, a Republican from Palin’s hometown of Wasilla. “Look at what she’s done to this state. What would she do to the nation?’ “

He Had Me at “ENOUGH!”

About time somebody shouted that word. THANK YOU, BARACK OBAMA! What an amazing, magnificent, stunning, memorable — those adjectives all sound so lame. I was mesmerized and got those history-in-the-making goosebumps several times. In fact, it’s a couple of hours later, and I’m still reeling from it. I’m definitely going to watch it again.

I’m just floored by this. Speechless. Inspired. Awed.

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