The way I see it, they wanted a Culture War, and they lost it. Barack Obama's right. For a change, this is no time to gloat. The good guys have the advantage (not to mention the backing of the entire planet), so we should show the crackers who fell for the GOP flim-flam some mercy. Still, it was difficult to repress a brief cackle this morning on the Turnpike as I passed a beige Lincoln with about 13 American-flag decals on the trunk.
...so we don't have to! (In case, like some of us at the Phoenix, you were watching MSNBC - or Fox News, just to see what the other side is saying - CNN's election coverage last night included gallactic, ghostly holograms. Fellow Phlogger Carly Carioli mentioned this, below.)
How'd they do that? Apparently, it involved fourty-four HD cameras, and twenty computers.
I mean, c'mon: fuckin' HOLOGRAMS, dude! Let's see yer little Rachel Maddow do THAT, MSNBC. Way to get all Harriet Casdin-Silver on their asses. Good luck trying to get this video to play -- it's currently being watched by more Star Wars geeks than actually voted yesterday.
The noise outside my window was too much to ignore. Yelps. Honks. Sustained, full-throated cheers. More honks. Chants. "Yes We Can! Yes We Can! Yes We Can!"
So I slipped my keys in my pocket and stole out for a midnight stroll from Inman Sqare to Central Square.
Tipsy groups marched exultantly down the sidewalk as car after car after car passed by them, bleating in joyous release.
The Phoenix's Chris Faraone is in Grant Park, Twittering like a fool. Here's the full Obama victory speech, followed by Faraone's updates live from the ground.
12:30 pm: Hurry up Chicago. Get to Grant Park now and you can be the first in line for the non ticketed area.
1:20 pm: About 200 people in line at Grant Park so far.
For me, in the end, the choice was really quite simple. The institutions of the nation that have not worked for some time fell into further decrepitude in recent decades, and especially in the past eight years. The institutions that sort of hung on - most notably the separation of powers and Bill of Rights provisions of the Constitution - took a huge hit under Bush, although in truth they didn't do all that well under his recent predecessors.
Of the legion of reasons why I voted for Barack Obama, I suppose the most telling is the fact that he's a fan of the dearly departed HBO series The Wire. The show was perhaps the most explicit and convincing portrayal of America's wide-ranging, ineffectual, terrifying bureaucracy of our time. That a guy running for president would be an avowed fan of a show so frustrated with government at all levels is a big plus in my book.
Our dude Chris Faraone toured Chicago's Grant Park earlier today, getting the lay of the land as he prepares to report live from Obama's hometown election rally.Keep tabs on Chris's real-time reports here, and check out www.thephoenix.com/election2008 for our full election coverage throughout the night.
I'm breaking with my years-long tradition of never telling anyone how I vote on any issue this year. I figure that anyone who actually wonders whom I voted for doesn't know me that well, and anyone who knows me is going to guess that I voted for Obama. So what's the harm in telling? (Just don't ask me who I supported for county charter commission.
CNN is supposed to be the middle-of-the-road one, right? That must be why their election coverage features sage insight from the likes of mendacious Cheney hagiographer Stephen Hayes and that ubiquitous musclehead goon Joe the Plummer.
I'm not interesed in a network's purported neutrality. I like (to mix metaphors) to see red meat tossed to the ravenous choir.
What's it like to be all about the little guy on a big day?
For supporters of third party candidates, like Libertarian Bob Barr or Green Party nominee Cynthia McKinney, election day means crossed fingers for small victories.
"We're trying to build an alternative for the future," says Lyn Meza, the Massachusetts volunteer coordinator for the McKinney/Clemente campaign, "so that people don't have to choose between Tweedledee and Tweedledum."
In 2004, I wrote in the Phoenix about voting for a president for the first time. I felt idealistic, empowered, and special. I worried that my idealism would be squandered if John Kerry lost, or if the election was contested.
For better or for worse, and despite the clusterfuck of the past four years, I still feel hopeful about what this country can be - and that's why I voted for Barack Obama.
That’s right Kanye – you’re no longer the most popular black man in Chicago. Until people are let out of work early to see you rock a concert, that title officially belongs to Barack Obama.
Loads of employees were released at three today, and, judging by the number of supporters swarming on Grant Park, I’m guessing that most of them didn’t stop at home to re-apply deodorant.
To be honest, I was a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter, before and even after Barack Obama won the nomination. I had hoped to celebrate the civil victory of a woman earning the party nomination, so it took me a little while to get behind Obama - whose nomination is, obviously, also a civil victory - because I was, frankly, utterly unprepared for him to be running on the Democratic ticket.