“I like that early voting!” Governor Deval Patrick says; an
off-the-cuff statement he makes in casual conversation while being fitted for a
lavaliere microphone, not far from a sign that reads, ‘Elections are won in the
last 72 hours.’
The second floor of 179 Lincoln Street is hopping today,
despite the fact that the space, undergoing renovations, looks like the sort of
concrete skeleton that trance-dancing rave organizers drool for.
Though I would’ve lent my full support to Hillary Clinton, had she become the Democratic presidential nominee, I voted for Barack Obama in the primaries - and am voting for him today - because I think that a President who looks out for the women of this country need not necessarily be a woman. The George W. Bush administration has wrought eight years worth of harsh, abstinence-only, anti-choice regime on American women.
PETERBOROUGH, NH (Nov. 3, 2008) — As the Straight Talk Express angles itself into a parking space alongside Town Hall, the recorded rally mix tape segues into another song. An anthem by Christian Indie rockers Switchfoot rolls out of the loudspeakers and splashes across the night sky.
I voted for Obama not because I'm a Democrat (I am), or because I think he's the best man for the job (I do). I voted for Obama because he is a thoughtful man of ideas who addresses complicated questions with complicated answers, because he doesn't go for the 10-word sound-byte, because he doesn't treat us like fools. He's the first candidate in my political consciousness who has challenged me to hope for what this country could be, who, in the words of the late Hunter S.
Since I’ll be in Chicago covering the Obama rallies next Tuesday, I just voted early down at Boston City Hall. Props to the election workers over there – I was in and out in less than 15 minutes. As the woman next to me commented, people have spent much longer paying parking tickets.At the top of the ballot I voted for Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez.
I’m not the only person in Chicago who’s excited about getting a socialist president in office. People have their dogs dressed in Obama sweaters. Hundreds are showing up hours early for the Grant Park rally. Somewhere, I’m sure some breasts are being painted.
The downtown loop is bustling. News vans are lined around the block, and the talking heads are doing stand-ups, most of which are hilarious.
Yes, of course, I'm voting for Obama. He's my dream candidate. For one thing, he's a communist. (Hello Castros, our new best allies.) Throw the bankers and right-wing talk-show hosts in jail without representation. Nationalize the oil companies and redistribute the wealth. Free health-care all around. And he's Muslim, which makes him the perfect counterweight to America's religious right.
Barack Obama is extraordinary in so many ways, but what convinced me about him long before he won the primaries is his ability to look at his own background in terms of the real world, and without recriminations. He doesn't allow himself to be projected as a demographic vote-getter, but his politics deal with a productive, multicultural future.
I was seriously considering voting yes on Question 1. Hah, this will teach 'em, I thought. Stop sending the money up to Beacon Hill and watch the irresponsible spenders squirm. I began salivating just thinking about that extra wad of cash I could save all for myself every Friday when my check came in.
But then I hit a pot hole.
Chris Faraone is in Chicago blogging and Twittering from Obama HQ. He's also been getting drunk and interviewing people all over town. Below, his video interview with Steve Juras of Mode, who (along with Sol Sender) co-designed the Obama campaign logo. We know there were beers involved, but did Juras really vote for Nader?
Because he's smart. Because he's curious. Because he thinks about things instead of reciting talking points. Because he's run an astonishingly innovative, effective and disciplined campaign. Because his VP selection was thoroughly thought-out. Because his economic policies aim to help the people who need it most. Because he recognizes that we attacked the wrong country in 2003.
I voted for Barack Obama because I want back my sense of outrage. I have been dulled to this president's despicable ways. I've glossed over articles depicting the deaths of fellow human beings in Iraq. Yawned while looking at the wreckage of car bombs on TV. Felt nothing when Bush vetoed a bill that would have banned waterboarding on prisoners in Guantamo Bay.
Throughout the day, we here at Phoenix HQ will be sharing our thoughts on today's election, the candidates we've chosen, and why. It will likely surprise none of our regular readers that most of us are voting for the same candidate in the Presidential election: Barack Obama. You'll hear a lot of reasons why, and it's safe to assume I personally agree with all of it.
Surely you’ve heard about Grant Park – it’s the place in Chicago where Barack Obama will hopefully say “I win” tonight. It’s totally the Studio 54 of American politics.
As I mentioned in earlier dispatches, Chicagoans expect this evening’s festivities to be one of three things: 1 – The greatest celebration in recent political memory; 2 – A big fucking riot; or 3 – The most fantastic celebratory riot in United States history.