Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Observations on an Election by a Blue Stater

I'm tangled up in blue... because Colorado is now a solid Blue State!

Herr Musgrave is gone from her District 4 perch in the U.S. Congress, and everything in Colorado is now blue except for Mike Coffman (R), Colorado's Secretary of State who won his race in Colorado District 6, and Doug Lamborn (R), District 5 Congressman. The other five Congressmen are all Democrats, as are our two Senators, Salazar and Udall, of course.

Does this mean Gov. Ritter (D, of course) gets to appoint Coffman's replacement (heh heh heh)? (Update: Why yes, it does!)

Along with Democrats continuing to lead the state house and senate, Colorado's conversion to Blue State is now complete.

North Carolina ended up voting for Obama with a buffer of 12,000 votes among over 4 million cast. At this point, few media sources have given the victory to him. NC's 15 EC votes would push Obama's total to 364. And Indiana a Blue State? Go figure!

Minnesota Senatorial candidate Al Frankin (D) is behind ex-St. Paul-Democratic-Mayor-turned-Republican-Senator Norm Coleman (R) by 708 votes [Update: 475],
[Yet Another Update: 239, ... and now it's 221], triggering an automatic recount that could take up to a month to resolve. What's especially stunning is that 18,000 Minnesotans cast votes in the Presidential race, but didn't vote in the Senatorial race. Talk about undervotes!

As of this writing, U.S. Senator candidate Jeff Merkley (D) is trailing Gordon Smith (R) in Oregon by 6,187 votes. I expect Merkley will end up winning though since the significant Democratic urban counties enveloping Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, and Salem are slow in counting the mail-in ballots.
[Update: still down by 960] [New Update: Merkley wins!]

What's most shocking this morning is that Alaska has decided that they prefer a convicted felon in the U.S. Senate over a Democrat. The U.S. Senate in D.C. will surely boot Stevens out (including the Republicans, who would never support a convicted felon, right?) However, Ted Stevens (R) could resign first (of course he won't do that because he's a stubborn asshole.) Either way, Alaska will have a runoff election between Mark Begich (D) and Sarah Palin (Pitbull), who will nominate herself and who is itching to get out of Alaska. Palin will win and move to D.C., no doubt.

Weird times.

To get the Lieberman-proof 61 Democrats in the U.S. Senate, President Obama could offer cabinet posts to moderate Republican Senators Arlen Specter and Olympia Snowe, getting credit for being bi-partisan, but also leaving Democratic governors in Pennsylvania and Maine to appoint Democratic replacements.

It's all very weird. But a 2008 GOOD kind of weird, not a screwed-up 2000 weird.


Blogger A Midnight Rider said...

Welcome to the land of blue. 8>)

I'll be out Colorado way for Thanksgiving.

8:55 AM, November 06, 2008  
Blogger Howard said...

Coming from Massachusetts, you should feel right at home here. You won't even need to bring your own arugula and brie! ;-)

9:47 AM, November 06, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perversely, I'm kind of hoping Palin will fill Steven's seat. Otherwise, what else will Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have to talk about? It's hard to make fun of peace and prosperity.

Still welling up with joy and relief in blue, blue Washington State,


3:42 PM, November 06, 2008  
Blogger Howard said...

Colbert won't have any problems finding material. Tonight, he interviewed... and stole the identity of... a retired spy.

Yeah, I wouldn't mind Palin becoming Alaska's next Senator. But that's assuming that Alaska won't find the 45,000 missing ballots that were supposedly never filled out by Democrats dejected because Obama already won. As if that's ever stopped them from voting in the past.

1:56 AM, November 07, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's this about 45000 missing ballots? i need a link howie.

9:49 AM, November 08, 2008  
Blogger Howard said...

I'll write up a fresh new post on the subject of Alaska's Senatorial vote count on Saturday.

11:19 AM, November 08, 2008  
Anonymous Pansy Palmetto said...

Even you know (because if Pansy knows it, it HAS to be true): skewing things by making "non-partisan" appointments to free up openings for a partisan governor to appoint a "preferred party" new person to the vacancy is BAD, BAD, BAD.

You are besmirching Obama's (non)-reputation with your Republican appointees/Democrat replacement theories before Obama even has a chance to besmirch it his own damn self. Tsk.

3:37 PM, November 10, 2008  
Blogger Howard said...

Yeah, I'm bad. But it's okay ... I'm NATIONWIDE!

11:12 AM, November 19, 2008  

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