Tuesday Open Thread

It’s Election Day, y’all! ZOMFG.

It’s going to be a long, anxious, queasy day. At least for me. I am nervous as hell, despite Nate Silver’s soothing statistics. God bless all those people on the ground doing GOTV.

I won’t be heading to my polling place until after I pick my daughter up at school. She is especially keen on voting with me and seeing how the process works. She is even more interested after receiving a letter from our President!

She wrote him a letter about a month ago, wishing him luck in the election and telling him she too would like to be President someday. We addressed and stamped the envelope together and I drove her to the post office so she could drop it in the mailbox.

In return, she got a pretty standard form letter, an autographed photo, a picture of the White House, a map of all the rooms, a presidential Q&A, a few activity sheets, and a Bo the dog trading card. She was thrilled, and so was I.

She will be sharing the letter with her classmates today. She has told me that if Obama loses, she will cry. I tried to assure her that no matter what happens, we will continue to live our values and to try and make our community a better place, as the President’s letter admonished. I was at a loss as to what else to say to her. Any suggestions?

Is anything else on your mind today? Chat away!

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38 thoughts on “Tuesday Open Thread

  1. I’m with Maya, i too am going to cry if Obama loses.

    I have confidence as long as everyone who wants to vote gets to vote. The thing that worries me is those long lines in OH and FL that are making it next to impossible for some to vote.

  2. Poor Maya! My kids are the same way. Of course, it doesn’t help that we don’t know a single republican here in Berkeley. When they see Mitt Romney on TV, they boo. Sigh.

    I swear I don’t feed it. I’ve been telling them that even though we don’t agree with them, Mitt Romney does have a lot of supporters and we should respect even those we disagree with. Considering we’ll be at the Daily Kos office tonight, I doubt this conversation will set in. LOL!

    • Well, I don’t know many non-republicans in this part of PA. I only know about 5 people for sure I can say are voting for Obama, including my own husband. The GOOD news is this is the first time he’s voted in like 10, 15 years? It’s finally sunk in how crucial it is.

  3. I voted this morning. Busy for my polling place, but no waiting.

    Now I’m waiting for a form to be faxed from the insurance company so that DD can go take the road test. Aargh.

  4. Here’s what I don’t get- How is it possible that reasonable, intelligent, kind people can vote for Mitt? I’ve been trying for the past week to get inside the heads of some dear friends who “liked” Mitt on FB and I just don’t understand. I’m trying to stay cool about the whole thing- balance of powers and all that- but having seen the havock our batsh*t crazy legislature has brought in the last two years…

    I’m going to have to find something else to think about today.

    • Most people I know are voting Mitt and are conservative Christians. Now of these, about half do understand the issues and have been adversely affected by an Obama administration, and can actually clearly discuss why they disagree with his politics. Some of these don’t like Mitt either but are picking lesser of 2 evils, in their opinion, and really buy the whole “he hasn’t made the economy better” argument. Many of the rest, however, have this “Obama is just wrong/evil/immoral.” I can’t get a grasp on this argument clearly, but I suspect it MOSTLY has to do with picking a new Supreme Court Justice and his/her effect on “overturning” Roe v. Wade. They never exactly articulate that (not sure why), it’s just my sense, based on what they are saying.

  5. I have meetings, meetings, meetings to distract me all day today. We took M and I held her in my arms as I filled in the bubble for Obama. “This is Mommy trying to help make history, honey.” I plan to swing by our polling place after work to see how the lines are. We had no waiting time, roughly an hour and 15 minutes after the polls opened, and were #38 and 39 for our polling location. We also seemed to have “extra” poll workers. Which makes me happy (there were at least 3-4 in our location who indicated they spoke Spanish), but I bet there are polling places in poorer parts of town that aren’t as well staffed or have as many booths in which to vote.

    I doubt I will be very focused, even with all the meetings, but I’m trying to keep it together. I keep saying, “Nate Silver says 91%, polls can’t be THAT far off,” but it doesn’t help the knot in my stomach. Math and science aren’t fake, I keep saying. But a few of my really conservative FB friends are CONVINCED it’s a landslide for Romney.

    We’re having an election night party at our house after work, so that may help with the nerves.

  6. Hop on over to redstate.com. There are seven or eight different diarists offering final election predictions and electoral count, with their explanation for how they came to their number. The prediction range from Romney by a hair to a Romney landslide. They’re quite confident. Somebody is living inside an airtight bubble. I hope it’s not me.

            • It might be paranoia or urban legend, though. Perhaps most of it from our side is as well, despite one phone video. Who knows. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot about election fraud no matter which side wins, because both sides seem so confident that fraud will be the only way to explain one side’s loss.

              Seriously, what has happened to people in this country? We seem to inhabit separate and non-overlapping realities.

              • The media we select has caused this parallel reality. I continue to be shocked, for instance, that Republicans were pushing the “Obama refused to help in Benghazi” story line. To me it’s bizarre and makes no sense at all. To them it signifies some kind of hush-hush conspiracy that evidently I am not privy to.

  7. My DS wanted to come with me so both kids will come along after school. I’m feeling pretty confident about Warren. She reportedly has a really good GOtv. Nervous about Obama because of the whole voter suppression thing but the difference this year is the focus on it. My DH who is a total “just the facts, ma’am” guy feels confident about Obama but worried about Warren. He works w/ alot of conservative leaners though.

  8. Lucy bubbled in my ballot today and, for the first time, I felt a little shame for not researching anything about whether to retain the judges. She was pretty mad we were skipping those instead of voting. She was quite the picture of all American girl today in her Daisy Girl Scouts uniform. And Clara wore her hand-me-down “Life-long Democrat” t-shirt. I ate complete junky comfort food crap for lunch, and am already planning a trip to the vending machine for chocolate after my next class.

    Thankfully, I have a really busy teaching day and then have to take dinner to Lucy at afterschool club before our Girl Scout meeting, which I will lead. We will get home around 7:30, and then it’s time to start the bedtime routine. So I don’t have a lot of time to scour the internets until probably 8:30 or 9. All I want to do right now is to get in bed and watch returns with DH. I hate that it’s going to be another 7 hours before I can!

    • FWIW, my policy on judges (as someone who works in the system) is to vote honestly on the ones I know or can get recommendations from others, always vote retain the ones who’re unopposed, and skip the rest. There’s no measure that the public can see that will show whether someone is actually a good judge or not, unless you go sit in their courtroom for a few days.

      • This—”There’s no measure that the public can see that will show whether someone is actually a good judge or not, unless you go sit in their courtroom for a few days”—is why I just do not understand why judges are elected officials.

        • Our system here is weird–judges are appointed, not elected, but then we vote yes or no whether to retain them every so often. They don’t campaign and are usually overwhelmingly retained. I kind of like this, because I suppose if I had heard terrible things about a judge I would like having a voice about whether s/he keeps the job. I HATE when I’ve lived in states when you vote for judges. This is one position that needs to be at least somewhat above politics and it feels more crucial to me that the people not be allowed to make horrible decisions. Alabama just electing disgraced Chief Justice Roy Moore back to the position he was removed from several years ago is a case in point.

        • Federal judges aren’t, and they’re not in NJ, and my HS constitutional law class (required!) taught us that’s how the founding fathers designed it. Appointed judges are almost always much better judges, whatever the public thinks.

          Here they’re appointed but can be challenged when they’re up for retention.

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