Go Out and Vote for Shock Therapy

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We keep saying the left has gone insane, and frankly, it seems likely.

I mean, what kind of political party/choice marches in the street shouting they don’t want their country which allows them to do this to exist?

What kind of people convince themselves that our free for all republic, which practically begs women and minorities to participate is a white supremacist patriarchy? (Other than people who have never even heard of a white supremacy or a patriarchy, much less lived in or visited one, of course.)

What sort of people gin up accusations against an innocent man, for the sole purpose of retaining power?

What kind of people tell us that this time socialism will be done right, in the face of a hundred million graves?

What kind of people want to “punch a Nazi” and define Nazi as “anyone who disagrees with me and doesn’t want a powerful centralized government”?

Their antics, their insanity, the phantoms and alarums conjured up by their media arm? Their lies? Their hate of everything that can keep civilized society going?

The question is, why are they insane?  Or more importantly, why do they ACT insane?

The first one can have many answers, and it could be said that people who support a controlled economy went bonkers when communist country after communist country came apart at the seams, and exposed the fact they’d always been hell on Earth.

They behaved as though communism/socialism/statism were a religious faith.  When prophecies fail to work out, religious fanatics paradoxically experience a recrudescence of faith.  This seems to have worked for the left, after the curtain fell.

If we wanted to prod on that, we’d probably uncover their inability to accept the inherent evil and tragedy of human life and desperately wanting the government as a god-substitute to “just make the bad things go away.” It’s not a grown up response, but it’s very human.

BUT given all that, it’s still inarguable that they are acting crazier than they have even since the wall fell. It’s inarguable that they’ve lost all touch with reality and keep thinking they can scare/beat/intimidate us into doing what they want.  They keep showing it too, and showing how much they hate America. And yeah, they hate America (No ICE, no Wall, no America at all! is their chant.) with every fiber of their being and are convinced it’s oppressive and evil. Which yeah, argues for insanity.

Part of their crazy act is screaming increasingly crazier lies, like, you know, that the election was manipulated by Russians. Or that the tax cut cost you money.  Or–

Why?

Because it worked before.  They took George Bush, possibly the most liberal squish Republican president ever, and screamed 24/7 about his being a blood-thirsty monster and literally Hitler.  About his wanting to put them all in camps.  About his wanting to conquer the world and steal its oil.

My colleagues would sit at science fiction con panels and tell us how much the Bushhitler regime had cooled their willingness to speak against it.  And how they were afraid of a knock at the door.  They’d say this in front of 300 people and act brave, unaware that the very circumstances made them liars.

There were peace demonstrations.  There were screams at the fact we might play Britney Spears at Gitmo detainees or deprive them of sleep.

And all of that is a fraction of what they’re doing to Trump.

They’ve gone violent, shot our representatives.  They’ve called for the rank and file to be violent with us.

We’re looking at them and wondering how they’ve gone so crazy, and what they’ll do next.

Well… you have a choice on that.  Not a huge choice, but a choice.

They’ve gone crazy because it paid off in the past.  Their lies and constant screaming about George W Bush got him from the most popular president ever after 9/11, to barely squeaking through his next election, to losing the midterms in 06.  (After which the left got hold of the economy and destroyed it, and because people on the street blame the economy only on the president, that got them their demi-god Barry the Unready and a sweep of the legislature in 08.  (It also took CO to the dems, from which we might never recover.))

So, why are they acting crazy and going crazier? Because it worked before. They think it will work again.

If you don’t get off your duff, get out there and vote straight ticket GOP, if they win even just the house, it will have worked again.

They will be confirmed in their insanity plus terror tactics.

Do you really want to see how bad it gets next?

No?

Good.  I don’t either.  Get out there and vote for your local GOP horrors even if they’re only marginally better than your local dem horrors.

What’s at stake here is delivering a sanity check, a bucket of cold water to the left, and trying to bring them to rationality and sanity.  Or at least, you know, within shouting distance of it.

Because if this goes on, it ends in rivers of blood.  And that’s not what I want for my kids, my grandkids or my country.

So go and throw a bucket of cold water over the hysterical left.

It’s all you can do.

353 responses to “Go Out and Vote for Shock Therapy

  1. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    I voted!

    Unfortunately, my beagle Lilly wasn’t allowed to vote. Dogs can only vote Democratic and she didn’t want to vote Democratic. 😈

  2. This is the first time I’ve ever voted straight ticket. I’m just hoping the Dem’s polling ability is just as bad as ’16.

    • William O. B'Livion

      I voted for one libertarian this time.

      For the Board of Regents At Large representative for a state college of some sort. Because IDGAF about that and thought he should get at least 2 votes (I assume his wife/partner/mother voted for him).

      • Sarah, I’m afraid that Polis is going to win and that he meant what he said when he was campaigning. Between that and Prop 112 (which might actually pass which means our fellow state citizen idiots) I’m afraid CO is going to end up worse than CA. My wife was born here and I’ve spent most of my life here but I’m seriously thinking we need an exit strategy. Either that or hopefully Boulder will become an Stupidity Singularity and implode on it’s own ignorance.

        • I know, I know. I love CO as much as I love the US, but if there’s no jobs here for the kids, I’ll have to move.

          • There’s always east Tennessee if you need a good place to go.

            • SheSellsSeashells

              I’d volunteer Charlotte, but I’m pretty sure our esteemed hostess’ viewpoint is already on record. Me, I like it, but five years in Durham will change your perceptions until freakin’ Calcutta looks welcoming.

              • I would not advise Charlotte. Nor most of the Triad. Nor the Triangle. Especially not Carboro. A lot of the state is still solidly sane, but much of it is flea, tick and chigger country. That is not good for Our Esteemed Hostess’ health. Otherwise I would love her to return.

                • SheSellsSeashells

                  Yeah, I live…driveably north of Charlotte and will leave it at that…and while I love my area, the city itself is a mixed bag at best. Feel like I’m taking my life in my hands on my monthly trip to Crazy Grocery Place in town, but they keep tempting me back with weirdly assorted and very cheap foods. 🙂

          • And Texas – I know there is a severe lack of lovely mountains here, but we do have the Hill Country.
            I’ve always thought of it as a new world Provence, what with the new vinyards, the lavender-growing, the goat cheese, and olive oil and all.

            • I know that Dallas is flat but it has lovely tech jobs and tons of medical jobs. Plano has more hospitals than many other places. Plano is in good financial shape. Our city is in the black.

              I’d recommend against Houston. It has horrible weather almost as bad as New Orleans.

              • Houston floods big time. And has humidity that even Larry Correia would shudder at.

                • That’s why I have not recommended House. Celia spoken in favor of Austin while I’ve spoken in favor of Dallas. TXRed can speak in favor of Amarillo and San Antonio.

                  • Amarillo yes, San Antonio… eh. It is one end of the Austonio Corridor of Crazy.

                    • Well, the Austin end is the REAL Crazy, down here in San Antonio the city is run by Dems but with all the Military and Retired Military they can’t go real crazy.

                      I have about a 40 mile commute because I live out in the stixs. Got 10 acres, a 2500 sq ft 3 bed 2 bath house for $150K about 6 years ago. That seemed worth the commute. Southwest of San Antonio, not in the expensive North or Northwest.
                      Flooding is not a problem but the heat might be. Tech moving in.
                      Not a bad place.

                      The Hill Country is nice but EXPENSIVE.

                      The city is growing by leaps and bounds.

                    • Yep – on paper run by Dems (I give you that smirking imbecile Julian Castro, for ex – please take him, take him anywhere!!!!!) but the suburbs are pretty conservative. You cannot throw a rock in this town without hitting half a dozen retired colonels and about two dozen master sergeants, and they keep the crazy down to a livable degree. Although we are getting an Ikea super-store in January 2019, which means a) won’t have to drive to Round Rock for a couple bags of frozen meatballs, and b) people who think Walmart is just too infra dig for words have a place to purchase inexpensive household goods.
                      Alas, the Hill Country is getting expensive. I mean, there are prettier and more scenic parts of Texas – but the Hill Country has a certain allure. My friends in Fredericksburg have told me that now there are more B&B rooms in town than there are actual resident-lived-in-households. On the upside – the sidewalks there don’t roll up at 5 PM sharp, so there is that.

                    • My personal favorite is Plano, but it’s not for everyone.

                    • Replying to CeliaHayes; Ikea has one great merit over Walmart as a source of furniture: it sells a relatively cheap modular shelf system that IS NOT made of particle board, or some other materiel that cannot actually support a shelf full of books.

                      Also, they will either give or sell you parts, when you’ve lost some in a move. I prefer sell, but sometimes they insist on give.

                      *shrug*

                  • I mean Houston. Although I wouldn’t rec Dr. House either. I lived in Montgomery, AL for 5 years and grew up in NYC so humidity doesn’t bother me. It’s the freaking huge and nasty storms Houston gets that I don’t like. I prefer North TX anyway.

              • Both Dallas and Plano are full of snowflakes…

        • I had to move away from Colorado almost two years ago. I work in oil and gas, so it looks like I won’t have an industry in Colorado to come back to. Texas isn’t bad. The bluegrass/Americana music scene isn’t *nearly* as good as Colorado, but that scene runs on hippies, and although I know and love many hippies, the ones who vote and are divorced from reality are helping that ridiculous Prop 112 pass. Sigh. Just keep it up there. I’ll visit my beloved mountains when I can.

          • I find it dumbfounding yet not surprising that there are people who vote for Democrats and socialist policies in blue states, get disgusted with how expensive and unlivable those blue states are, and then move to red states; where they proceed to vote for the same Democratic Party and socialist policies that made the blue states the very hell hole they fled.

            • The unlivability is “bad luck”. The policies are just “right.”

            • Those are the people who never learned to teach themselves, so they are dependent on what others teach them. Naturally, those others teach them to the advantage of the others. This is only natural.

              One of the great strokes of strategy the Left has had is selling commitment to Progressive Left ideals as ‘rebellion’ to sucessive flocks of teenagers. Absent that, those teens might well have rebelled AGAINST Progressive Left ideals.

              I see now that one of the reasons that, as I moved into middle school years, teachers were less kindly to me is that I had already developed the habit of reading beyond the assignments, and having firm opinions. Fortunately my parents got me into a comparatively conservative Prep School, so I didn’t really blow up until I hit college. Furthermore, both my parents had bummed around more than a little before settling down, and figured I was due. The only reason they hadn’t done theirs as early as I did was that WWII was o at the time.

              The Left must HATE Odds, because Odds are often autodidacts, and can tell when Teh Narrative gives off the ripe smell of dung.

            • Because it isn’t the *policies* that made the areas unlivable it was the *people* and leaders who enacted them. You see, if you just get the right *people*, or get the people to act right, then the picked and ideas will work. For sure and certain the this time!

    • It’s why I avoid early voting. Why give away how many mysteriously “lost” ballot boxes will be needed to thwart the citizenry?

      • I can see that argument, but really, I prefer the ritual of physically going to the polling place on election day, the same day (a lot of) other people are doing it. It marks it as a significant occasion. If I were dictator, the only absentee ballots (with only my name on them, of course) would be for active duty military and maybe the bedridden disabled.

        • The rumor here behind the lines in permanent-loon-majority California is the vote-by-mail ballot envelopes never even get opened, unless the voting machines don’t tally a clear winner for the correct side.

          To preserve vital taxpayer money, donchaknow.

          And more and more voters are getting registered vote-by-mail.

          Which means the live-voter leverage factor is off the charts here, and explains why the powers that be are so virulently opposed to any voter ID whatsoever: They can’t bus the warm body voters around to tip various scales on election day and keep safe districts safe if they have to come up with clean fake photo IDs for each polling location’s actual voter rolls that match the warm bodies at hand.

          • In most states, not a rumor– actual law.

            If the gap isn’t small enough that the by-mail wouldn’t (or is extremely unlikely to, depending on state law) then the mail-in, absentee and whatever they call it when you show up and are informed you already voted by mail, but you never registered for a mail-in and never saw one, is.

        • I’m wearing my MAGA hat to the polls, and only removing it if the pollsters ask me, or when I get in the door.

      • Yes, but I’m not physically able to stand in line for the four hours or so it takes to vote on election day. Even though I got to spend the last hour or so inside out of the rain.

        Gerrymandering and poll overloading, yes. Not something I can do anything about.

        Early voting, I can usually be out of there in an hour or so, and so far I’ve been able to do it all indoors.

      • Also some states don’t count ‘absentee’ ballots unless an election is ‘close’.

    • My first straight-ticket time too. Normally I try to exercise some prudence, such as not voting in races where I know nothing about any of the candidates. This time my mood was more, “A plague upon your entire house!”

      • SheSellsSeashells

        ALL the plagues. Black mold. Bedbugs. Sugar ants. Cockroaches. SMOG!!

      • #metoo Straight ticket where there was a choice of Republican. Ignored local races where there was only one candidate.

        Voted as soon as the ballots hit the mail box. Mailed out the next day. Oregon has added a “trace your ballot”, which I checked & verified it was received; can’t claim “lost”.

        Hubby’s & son’s were dropped directly into county boxes last night. Don’t have a clue how they voted. Guessing straight ticket too, but I really, really, don’t know.

        Oregon, so Ashland, Eugene, Corvallis, Salem, Portland Metro, are going to decide everything. Maybe, just maybe, some others are pissed off enough to wake up from their “woken” state. But won’t hold my breath.

      • This is why I normally avoid voting in midterm elections. I haven’t the faintest clue what anyone is doing back in my state, and I don’t have to live under the laws they’re passing, so I don’t feel right participating. This time, though, all bets are off.

    • Don’t think so. I’ve been hearing of a large turnout of young voters today.

      • Betting on young voters (who have thirteen-plus years of practice lying to authority) voting any particular way at all is a dubious prospect. Judging from my kids’ reports of the game server chats, the kids’ politics isn’t what the media would have you think. But that might be Z, and they start turning eighteen next year.

      • Parking lot was packed tonight. Still managed to get in and out in about 20 minutes though.

    • I voted for two Democrats. The spouse and eldest child.

      I have a policy that when there is only a choice of Democrat in a race, the family members get written in, by strict age order.

      (Yes, this is a “split” household by registration – although not by attitude. Spouse because her Connecticut family was always Democrat, daughter because there were a couple of them she wanted to vote against in the primary the year she registered.)

      • I’ve campaigned for my father for years. President, Governor, Senator, you name it, whenever I didn’t like any of the candidates. I don’t think any of my friends have ever written him in though, so I don’t think I’ve been all that effective.

  3. When the votes are counted we will see what it is going to be. I’ll do my part at pushing it towards what I believe is the more desirable outcome. I won’t give up whatever the outcome, I won’t surrender.

  4. Regardless of the outcome, I fully expect them to double down on the insanity. They’re already all-in emotionally to the point where it’s the only tool they’ve got.

    • True. I am hoping that things will be such that I will to get some amusement value when watching people’s heads explode.

    • oh, absolutely. I expect violence if the dems don’t take the house, easily.

    • If they win, it will be an excuse to keep on keeping on. If they lose, they’ll feel like there is nothing to work for and keep on keeping on. The advantage to them losing is hopefully they’ll run out of energy eventually and people on the right will see a beacon of hope.

      • Will they? I’ve been waiting two years for them to run out of energy and they just keep getting worse! Maybe they’ve discovered the secret of infinite free energy (from renewable sources, of course.)

      • I think a lot of people are attracted to power and to being on the winning side: especially if Republicans hold both houses and the “investigation” continues to turn up nothing much against Trump, then we will see some support pealing off from the Dems.

      • I expect the Democrats to turn up the lunacy to 11 regardless of the outcome of the election. If they win one or both Houses of Congress, they will view that as proof that their ideology and tactics are correct and need to be ramped up as they try to force Trump from office, and they will want the violent chaos to provide visual support for their efforts to undo the 2016 Presidential election. if they lose, they will just proclaim that it is proof that “the system” is rigged against them 9never mind that 10 years ago the same system gave them the Presidency, a large House majority and a filibuster proof Senate), and will ramp up their violence accordingly. When the entire purpose of the party is the pursuit of power in order to effectuate “the fundamental transformation of America”, nothing is considered “taking it too far”.

        • The Democrats turned the lunacy up to 11 before election night 2016 was over. Now they are threatening to cut in one or more pre-amps, and turn the whole mess up to Mötley Crüe.

          I’m polishing my ball peen hammer.

  5. Polling place busy. I had to park in a church’s bathing lot down the street and walk. There were at least 150 people lined up at 10:00 am.

    I haven’t lived here long enough to know how unusual it is here, but during the primary, I walked straight in to the table and an empty booth.

  6. Never fill your grocery cart with an item demanded from a child while it’s screaming at you while flailing on the tile in the cereal isle or the candy counter. We’ve been watching a two year tantrum and now it’s time to hit the check-out counter sans the goodies. Go get ‘em Sarah!!!!

  7. I just got back.

    The old guy in front of me (and I’m not young, so we’re talking OLD) was turned away because there was an absentee ballot counted for him. That he didn’t remember sending.

    All I could think of was “there’s another unintentional straight-ticket Democrat.”

    On a completely unrelated note, I’m going to the gun range after lunch.

    • Yeah. When I poll watched we had a lot of those, and for all age groups.

    • Frankly, in these cases I think the rule should be “the absentee ballot is immediately cancelled, and the in-person vote takes its place.”

      • If there were a way to do it, yes.

        • There is: hold absentee / mail ballots until the in-person ones have been logged in. At least in WA state, the outer envelope of the mail ballot has the name and signature on it, so it wouldn’t have to be opened to identify & discard it in case of duplicate attempts. Of course, that means in-person ballots should require actual voter ID…

          • We had to sign our signature on an electronic pad, I didn’t ask but assumed it was to compare to a signature on file, or at least to have on hand for checking later if someone said that there were shenanigans.

            • I’d feel better about that idea, save for the fact that my electronic pad signature vs. my actual pen-and-paper signature look absolutely nothing alike. Because electronic pads purely suck.

              • I have to sign those for work sometimes. One of the guys handed me the pad and asked me to sign his etch-a-sketch. With my poor penmanship, it fit. *chuckle*

              • ^^THIS^^ I said to the poll worker just this and he said, ‘Eh! Close enough!” After actaully comparing them. (I couldn’t see the similarity.)

            • We sign a book, and if they cared about the signature matching, I would be in serious trouble. All the signing on slanted glass plates (for cred card) has destroyed my signature.

          • Oregon outer envelope is the same. Ballot is invalid WITHOUT signature on outer envelope. They will contact you to come sign it. If you signature doesn’t match what is on file, they will call you. You have to take ID in & verify it was your signature. Happens to kid about every 3rd ballot. His signature is lousy & inconsistent; better if he prints it. Hubby’s signature is almost as bad, but at least it is more consistent.

          • In my county, I’ve always had to sign the book in order to vote. It used to be that you could see your signature from your voter registration card in the books, and the polling person could immediately verify the signature. Now, a sticker is printed and you still sign, but there is no way to compare that signature against my original voting card registration. So they just made voter fraud easier.

            Oh, did I forget to mention that I live in Illinois? We have confirmed cases of the dead voting and any attempt to remove the dead from voter roles in Chicago are ignored completely.

          • That’s how it’s done in Chicago. I’ve judged elections in Chicago for about 40 years, off and on, and i’ve seen only a few absentee ballots – may be 100 in all that time. I don’t recall any specific incidents of a live voter superseding an absentee ballot, but IIRC that’s what the handbook says to do.

            BTW, the Chicago Board of Elections works very hard to get everything done right for elections. I’ve never seen anything improper. But then, the Democrats don’t need to steal votes in Chicago. And to be sure, I lived in Rogers Park, which was a heavily “independent”area, opposed to the old Daley Machine.

      • That seems like a really good idea to me.

      • William O. B'Livion

        And an IMMEDIATE investigation into why it happened.

        With publically documented results.

      • Timothy E. Harris

        When I was first voting, (mumblety years ago) the absentee ballots were not opened until after the polls closed on election day so it was possible to cross-check and eliminate double voting.
        With the introduction of vote-by-mail “reforms” those ballots in some states (my state of Florida among them) are counted before election day. That means there is no way to correct the vote if a voter appears in person and a ballot has been fraudulently cast in his/her name by mail.
        Somehow I think that was by design rather than failure to think through the possible consequences of more convenient voting..

    • William O. B'Livion

      He should have been allowed to vote provisionally. Not that it would have been counted, but “turning away” is voter suppression.

      • Which encourages the unprincipled to abuse the loophole and potentially vote twice.

        I had to rely on absentee voting for several years. In that time, I never once received the ballot in time to return it and have it count.
        As such, I’m very unsympathetic.
        Were I to have the power to declare it so, there would be no absentee voting, no early voting. Both are invitations to fraud. If you want to exercise your right to vote, show up at your polling place on election day. With photo ID (and proof of residence if your claimed address is different from that on your photo ID) in hand.

        • ^ SO MUCH THIS.

          Although it *does* seem not quite right that military members abroad would then be unable to vote…but in this day and age, surely tech would allow voting stations to be set up on the ground wherever they are?

          No mail in ballots, ever. No early voting. You show up in person, with ID, or you don’t get to vote.

          • I live and work overseas, so absentee ballot is the only way I have to vote, ever. I don’t want to see it completely go away. But I don’t see why they couldn’t set up a system where I register six months ahead of time at my local consulate, tell them which ballot I need (this state, this county), and they ship the consulate the right number of ballots. Then I have to show up at the consulate in person to cast my vote, get my photo ID verified (VERY important, that) and my finger inked, and cast a ballot. The results could be sent by computer for election-day counting, and the paper ballots sent by diplomatic courier pouch for later verification that the computer count was accurate.

            • I’m not even certain overseas balloting couldn’t be done (military via APO or civilian via consulate) and sent, in sealed bundles marked “do not open before election day”, to be actually on hand in every country in the U.S. when they start counting the in-person ballots. If we can’t trust elections offices to abide by the law and a Federal seal, then hold them at post offices for just-in-time delivery.

              • I was thinking about a method that would allow overseas voters to vote on Election Tuesday, same as everyone else. But requiring overseas voters to vote, say, 2-3 weeks ahead of Election Tuesday would simplify things, because then you could go with paper ballots ONLY and not require computers to get involved. (As per your suggestion). Advantage of that one is that then the overseas-submitted ballots don’t have to be counted separately, and it becomes far less likely that a particular voter will be identifiable. (If overseas ballots get counted at the consulate, then it might be possible to identify my ballot even though my name wouldn’t be on the ballot: how many voters from county X of state Y voted in the consulate of city Z in country W? If that number is down to just one, then suddenly someone could tell how I voted, and voter intimidation becomes a possible scenario.)

                And since most people who pay attention to politics will have made up their minds by September or October, it should be fine to require the overseas ballots to be submitted early enough that they could be received by election day.

          • Neither of my deployments were during an election. (Shrug) I still didn’t get my absentee ballot in time for it to count.

            But I know that my grandfather stuck in an Alzheimer’s ward somehow managed to vote in the same elections. He was no longer capable of requesting a ballot during that period.

    • Did you or he report it? Take a picture of where it said he’d already voted and him there? Call the local news?

    • That is immediate proof that a crime has been committed. The proper response is to immediately notify the person in charge of that polling station, and the police. You have to get out and seriously push for it; but that is exactly what needs to be done to prove to the Democorrupt and the citizens that we have a rampant and real voter fraud problem.

  8. Here in the border country just north of the Bronx Soviet of the People’s Republic of New York City, it is pouring a cold, heavy rain. With the grace of G-d, this just might keep some of the professional parasites away from the polls. (I and my pack, of course, would fight our way past a battalion of wolverines to cast what here will be largely empty votes [our congressman and state senator are both running unopposed. I hate the feckless, useless, clueless New York GOP, who are indeed the lesser of two weevils.].)

    • Here in $HOOTERVILLE (a place with the most conservative newspaper in the state, fwiw) $HOUSEMATE was at the polls and waited in line as they opened. That ballot was #9 in the precinct. About half an hour later, I walked right in and cast #54 of the precinct – on a cold, damp, gloomy morning. My timing must’ve been about perfect, plenty more were showing up as I left.

    • Are you in Westchester county werewife? I used to live there before I emigrated to the South.

      • Yeah. I live in Yonkers and will likely never leave, but if it weren’t so hard to find a congenial traditional Jewish community outside of the People’s Republic, we’d have been long gone.

        • I lived in Larchmont and then on the Harrison/Mamaroneck border. I think it ran beneath the house. Yonkers is convenient if you drive.

  9. I voted this morning before I went in to work. I cannot remember my polling place being this busy in any other election I have participated in. Definitely not in any of the midterm elections, at any rate.

    Now to studiously avoid checking the news reports until this evening. I have done my part, and obsessively refreshing election results pages is not going to change whatever the outcome is.

    • On the second: so much this.

      • I’m waiting until Weds. to check results. Forgot to mention that I voted straight GOP ticket. We vote on computers, (It’s a tech town), they have a special for voting straight ticket.

      • did get a chuckle out of some breathless reporting about a lead that was 1/6 of the margin of error. All my students caught the problem and laughed.

    • I firmly believe that there should be a gag order in place on election results and exit polls until -all- the polls are closed. There is far too much potential for swaying votes by claiming ‘this guy is ahead by a mile’, or ‘that guy is barely holding on’. Which means nothing from the east coast until all the polls on the left coast have closed. The media can just suck it up and wait until it’s done to start their useless posturing and empty lies.

      • Definitely. Especially Presidential. Very irritating (flat out madding) to have the race CALLED before most even got off of work … I realize vote by mail is not popular, or considered safe, but this was one of the largest reasons Washington & Oregon went that route.

        • The only presidential election that I remember not being called by the news media before polls on the west coast closed was the 2016 election.

          • In 1980, I was in the Republican 49th Ward office, after turning in the results from my precinct. A few minutes after I came in, about 7:30, another judge came in and asked “How’s it [the election] going?” The committeeman said “Carter conceded 10 minutes ago.”

          • Yep. That is my recollection too. I’m 62. That’s 12 elections, that I remember that the news called the presidential election before the west coast poll. (I figure I can’t remember the ’56 @ 2 weeks old, & ’60, elections).

      • This unfortunately (and even more unfortunately *accurately*) assumes that there will be such shenanigans done on and around election day somewhere. Such and order is about as likely to come about as my suggestion to hang a few who get caught messing with the ballots as a warning to the rest. And that is a sad thing.

  10. Christopher M Chupik

    Good luck, guys. You’re going to need it.

    • No matter what happens, Trump will be President tomorrow morning and Hillary will still not be president.

      The main consequence I see will be if getting judicial appointees approved will be easier or will be harder.

      • Senate and judicial approval process are safe, or so it is predicted.
        The downside of a Dem House is that revenue / budget bills MUST originate there, and they’ve proven for a couple of decades they’d rather politic than govern, and misuse the budget process (remember how ACA got passed) than either fund essential services or reduce taxes for middle class.
        They won’t have a veto-proof majority, so expect more shut-down theatre, along with “but, Russia”.

        • I was pondering the likely long series of budget fights and government shutdowns in a Pelosi House future, and I had a question:

          Since Continuing Resolutions are actually a bypass of the real budget process, does anyone know if a CR still needs to be originated in the House, or can it just be continuingly-resolved from the Senate?

          • The Constitution merely states that “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.” Is a Continuing Resolution truly a bill for raising revenue, or merely for spending it?

          • Not sure, but like other bills it requires joint action to be sent to POTUS. I’d guess the House could probably still hold it up and fight over it, just by passing a completely different resolution (e.g. conditional riders on the continuation) and stonewalling over the conference.

          • Not even as much that. Even if their budgets and laws were secomd coming of Reagan it would empower the tantrums and ensure they continue.

    • Thanks for the warm wishes. I’ve done my part at this pointed: I said my prayers, I voted, and I am (metaphorically) keeping my fingers crossed.

  11. I’m just back from the polls, and I did not vote straight Republican; there was one office where the two choices were Democrat and independent. On the other hand, after struggling with myself, I decided that I could not support De Leon for the Senate, no matter how badly I wanted to see Feinstein’s political career go down in flames, because De Leon is also a Democrat and even more of a socialist than Feinstein.

    My heuristic for the nonpartisan offices is to vote against whoever has the endorsement of the relevant public employee union. In this case that pointed at two candidates who were lesser evils on other grounds—for example, the candidate for Superintendant of Public Instruction who did NOT make opposition to De Vos part of his campaign statement.

    • TV ads opposing a ballot proposition (Prop. 6), which would repeal a large additional gasoline tax that the Dems put in place here in the Most Glorious Bear Republic State, are just hammering on newspaper endorsements: “The LA Times says ‘If you vote to go back to the taxes as they were last year, all cars will explode!’ The SF Chronicle says ‘Your betters know better than you do how to spend that money!’ The Sacramento Bee says ‘Sure this is the exact same government that let all the roads and bridges decay so egregiously, but you can totally trust them to spend your money effectively this time!!'”

      It struck me that the opposition missed a beat – they should have run ads saying “The doddering dinosaur old media – that is, newspaper editorial boards – all oppose Prop 6. What more do you need to tell you to vote YES on Proposition 6?”

      • It actually took me a moment to realize that that ad was running AGAINST repealing the gas tax rather than for repealing it.

      • We have a couple of tax measures in Oregon. Despite restrictions (3/5ths majority for tax bills) and no sales tax (mostly, sigh), Despicable Kate Brown and the Pirates of the Willamette have managed to sneak in some, usually by calling it a fee.

        One measure would ban taxes on groceries. The arguments started as “Trust us, we’d never do that”, but morphed into “it’s not faaaiiiirrr that food isn’t taxed”. At that point, folks figured out the end game. We’ll see if even the Portlandians can vote in their self interest.

        We also have a measure that says any revenue raising measure will have to pass the 3/5ths hurdle. The public employees unions are less than thrilled.

        I’m praying for exploding liberal heads. Let’s not get into whether that’s literal or figurative…

        • Meanwhile, in Alabama, ending the sales tax on food is something the Democrats want, and one of the few things I actually agree with them on.

        • “Despicable Kate Brown and the Pirates of the Willamette have managed to sneak in some, usually by calling it a fee.”

          Yes Brown did. The “new car” fee for one. Interesting the anti-version was because the fat corporations & the smoking lobbies wanted it. Grocery one, as already stated, “Dosen’t have a tax on it. We’d never do that.” Also note that “prescriptions” and “medical supplies” were left of the “can’t tax” items, along with “isn’t that critical too. AND we’d never do that.” What they don’t get is that comes under the legislature requirement. If you legislature tries that they’re likely to find themselves out of a job (gotta give them some rope to hang themselves with …).

          • Oh well, so much for thinking that they’d vote their pocketbooks. Either they trust Salem or they figure they’ll never have to pay the taxes. SMH.

            I had hopes for Buehler, but the liberal enclaves sealed it. Sigh.

            • Tax on Tobacco products – no problem smoking/chewing is bad for you, I don’t smoke.
              Tax on alcohol – no problem drinking is bad for for you, I rarely drink

              Fee on new (all?) cars – no problem I can’t afford a new car, let those “rich” people pay for the privilege.

              What?!!!! A fee on milk, on eggs, on lumber, but, but, but, … — I’m sure it’ll be sold as an environmental requirement …

    • First time I haven’t voted for an office where there was a choice of candidates — because the office was State Supreme Court, and the candidates were either Mr.-supported-by-all-democrats-&-unions or Mr.-crazy-conspiracy-theories. Couldn’t honestly vote FOR either one.

    • “I decided that I could not support De Leon for the Senate, no matter how badly I wanted to see Feinstein’s political career go down in flames, because De Leon is also a Democrat and even more of a socialist than Feinstein.”

      I do wonder sometimes how much American politics turns on that dynamic. “Vote for me, even though you hate me, because the only alternative is even worse!”

      One advantage to Canadian politics is that we usually have options letting you vote a clear conscience while still not supporting any major party, if either your local candidate or his/her party’s policies are unacceptable. (What practical good this may do is unclear — I’m reminded of Kang and Kodoss telling me, “THAT’S RIGHT – THROW YOUR VOTE AWAY! IT’S A TWO-PARTY SYSTEM!” — but sometimes one’s civic duty and one’s conscience do not yield practical benefit.)

      • I do wonder sometimes how much American politics turns on that dynamic. “Vote for me, even though you hate me, because the only alternative is even worse!”
        —————

        This is essentially the position of the “Republicans in Name Only”, or RINOs. They regularly go against the more conservative elements of the party. But at the same time, they rely on Republican voters voting for them because the alternative is voting a Democrat into office.

      • “You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”
        “Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”
        “But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”
        “Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?”
        — Douglas Adams, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

    • Kicking out DiFi and making Kamala Harris the Senior Senator from California would have the advantage of removing DiFi from all the seniority-based committee seats. I am pretty much certain Freshman Senator DeLeon would not get the plum assignments like Intelligence Committee, and if Kamala moves up she just gets a wider stage to exhibit her ignorance.

      • Her constituency doesn’t *care* about her ignorance. Or competence. Or sanity.

        • Yeah, but net-net, making both CA Senators lower on the committee assignment hierarchy-of-power is likely a Good Thing For The Nation.

          • Keeping the Senate out of Democratic Party hands is crucial. Schumer and the Democratic Party leadership have already declared that if they take control of the Senate, they will refuse to act on any Trump nominees for anything, whatsover, including any Judges, Supreme Court Justices, agency/cabinet positions and ambassordships. They literally intend to leave every one of those vacancies unfilled until they get a Democrat/Communazi back in the White House.

            • In California, that’s not an option. Thanks to open primaries, we have Feinstein, a Democrat, opposed by De Leon, a Democrat. No vote whatever would count as “keeping the Senate out of Democratic Party hands.”

              • Note this runoff-primary thing is all thanks to so-called-Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was in the beaten-and-whimpering phase of his governorship.

                Prior to that change, The Glorious Peoples Bear Republic had normal Party-primaries-then-faceoff elections. Now it’s all-D-all-the-time-till-the-cows-come-home-in-stereo.

                • There are some occasional amusing moments revolving around when two Republican candidates manage to beat out over a dozen Democratic candidates during the primary in a heavily Democratic district. The result of that is a heavy Democrat district that is forced to elect a Republican at the ballot box.

    • There were several positions that Democrats were running for unopposed. (I know, why didn’t I run for them? Filing fees and nomination lists.) I always submit write-ins for those, and try to get as many people as possible to write-in the same people for them.

      • The California jungle primary drives me nuts. No, I DON’T want a choice between two flavors of one party. I want a choice between two or more parties with some unaffiliated, TYVM.

    • There are a couple of options on the local ballot where Democrats are running unopposed.

      Usually I would mark those, just because, if they’re the only one who want’s the job, they may as well get it.

      This time… I’m thinking I’ll vote for the write-in candidate “None”

    • Yeah, if I were still in CA — I’d have had to hold my nose and vote for Feinstein, because I remember DeLeon as one of the Very Special Loons from when I was semi-regularly watching the CA legislature live video.

      Feinstein is at least predictably self-interested; DeLeon might do any damn thing.

      As it stands, here in MT I was pleased to vote straight-GOP… not only for the obvious anti-crazy/commie reason, but also because frankly the GOP has much better candidates.

  12. We have vote fraud by mail, but when the ballots showed up, we used the county clerk’s dropoff. I’m not fond of our GOPe congresscritter, and voted against him in the primary, but he got my vote in the general. The Demoncrat opponent spent a lot of time in Silicon Valley before coming up here a few years ago, and is bound and determined to have us rural deplorables vote the marxist way.

    We don’t let the garden snakes vote–they’re blue.

    • Heh. I know which race you’re talking about.

      • The GOPe guy shot himself in the gahoolies when he endorsed a buddy who was primaried out as an R, so that guy decided to run as a D, advertizing himself as “a Principled Conservative”. [I shit you not.] The P.C. lost, and Congressman GOPe is politico non grata east of the Cascades. OTOH, the opponent is batguano crazy.

  13. And now, we wait.

  14. Aaaaand a number of posts popping up in my newsfeed about how useless voting is and how it’s crazy to think it can change anything.

    To which the question arises, “how, aside from giving you a sense of smug self-righteousness, does not voting help?”

    • PJMedia was doing that shit for heaven’s sake.

    • Voter suppression or what?

      I mean, I’d prefer that people who don’t want to vote and haven’t got much of an opinion to just not bother. I don’t see the whole thing as a Holy Calling. But it is sort of a Duty and we ought to be reliable about our Duty. Duty is a much better reason to vote than how emotional you are, or how “fired up” you are. Duty also doesn’t care if you think it’s useless.

      My husband this morning said that he was voting for every Libertarian possible, and there were actually four or five. His thinking was that it was important that everyone actually see that there are options and choices.

      I just want the Democrats hauled to the woodshed and spanked so hard that they can’t sit down for two years.

      If that happens they *will* decide that everyone wants to vote for Socialists. Or maybe their younger non-socialist ranks will rebel against the old guard (for Dems, it’s a VERY old guard… leadership, mentoring, and building up of additional folks in Obama’s age demographic might have challenged Hillary when it was Her Turn after all.)

    • It depends on which side they don’t want you to vote for.
      They voted, they just don’t want YOIU to vote.

    • because they very much need us to be disheartened and not voting today.

    • Funny, I’ve been getting a ton of “how dare you not vote, even in absolute ignorance?” type nagging.

  15. I had a 30 minute wait a rural KS polling station. In 2016 I pretty much walked straight in; hoping it’s going to stay red…

  16. Well, in their defense, Brittany Spears music should be considered a Crime Against Humanity….

    Anywho, I got to the polls about 10 minutes after they opened this morning. No idea what ballot # I was (electronic ballots, won’t rant about those here), but I heard the poll workers comment about how they’d already had a few dozen people come through. Granted, our Governor (*spit!*) is up for reelection this year (hope he loses badly and the door hits his @$$ on the way out!), but turnout was still unusually high for a midterm election.

  17. I am wearing my little “I voted” badge. Straight ticket R. FWIW, not a long line; lot of Beto signs in the neighborhood, hope it was those guys who did not show up.

    • From your mouth to G-d’s ears, because Beta O’Rourke is almost as crazy as Occasional Cortex.

      • pleeeeaaseeee let cortex lose….

        • Albert Greenbaum

          to whom???

        • I thought Cortex was running for a safe D seat, which is why the primary upset was such a big deal.

          • She is, but her main opponent is the incumbent that she defeated in the primary.

            Yes, really.

            New York allows you to win the primaries of more than one political party. While Cortex won the Dem primary, the incumbent managed to win one of the other progressive primaries and stay on the ballot for the general election.

            • Speaking of Comrade Cortzsovich she was asked recently about how “Medicare for All” would be paid for. Her answer: “Just pay for it”. Scary that she actually got a degree in Econmics and International Relations, and knows nothing about either except straight rote Marxist propoganda.

              • Not completely incorrect given our existing deficit spending problem. There is no willingness to try and even cut off the sacred cows and indeed drive to make them finish the seed corn faster.

                The information they are given is just enough to know the buzzwords but the schools and professors hide the actual results of these policies. Just as they are taught sticking a hand in my pocket for 4 quarters, giving someone else one and keeping four yourself will stimulate the economy.

      • Who knew Obama came in Vanilla?

    • People seem to sort themselves, even in neighborhoods. I drive through a little trendy “down town” residential area to get to work. ALL the signs are for Democrats. Every single one. Is that because Democrats are going to win or is it because a certain sort of personality is willing to pay far too much for an old wooden house of a historic architectural style in a part of town with mature trees and “atmosphere?”

      • This is also the only place I’ve seen those “at this house we believe” signs.

        • “at this house we believe”

          Holy cow those things are ANNOYING! Mostly they tick me off because I actually believe those things too… Only I don’t believe the progressive talking point version. For example; of course black lives matter, because black people are humans, and human lives matter. Of course Science is real… IF IT USES THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD. No human is Illegal? Sure, there is no such thing as a law against being a human… There is however laws that say if you aren’t a US citizen, you have to apply for citizenship instead of illegally sneaking in. aaaarrggghhhh!!!!!!

          Sorry, those signs really get me going.

          • Yup.

            It’s actually based on a very manipulative process of making you choose to oppose obviously good things because you’re opposing the sub-text and then they can claim you’re opposing the front-copy.

            Like… when a purchasing web site makes you answer the question *not* to get the credit card with, “No, I do not like saving money.”

            • It’s Soviet style propaganda which should come as no surprise giving that the people spreading it viewed the Soviet Union as the good guys during the Cold War.

            • It’s insidious like the card machine at the Grocery store asking:

              “Would you like cash back?”

              Who the EF WOULDN’T LIKE CASH BACK? How do you answer that?!?! There is no button for “Yes I would, but it wouldn’t be fiscally prudent. So don’t give me any cash back.”

            • Sweat’s “Whiskey Speech”
              Here’s the famous “Whiskey Speech; then-Rep. N.S. “Soggy” Sweat Jr. delivered on April 4, 1952, at a banquet while the prohibition issue was before the Legislature.

              “My friends,

              “I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be. You have asked me how I feel about whiskey. All right, here is how I feel about whiskey.

              “If when you say whiskey you mean the devil’s brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster, that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean the evil drink that topples the Christian man and woman from the pinnacle of righteous, gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, and despair, and shame and helplessness, and hopelessness, then certainly I am against it.

              “But;

              “If when you say whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and laughter on their lips, and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer; if you mean the stimulating drink that puts the spring in the old gentleman’s step on a frosty, crispy morning; if you mean the drink which enables a man to magnify his joy, and his happiness, and to forget, if only for a little while, life’s great tragedies, and heartaches, and sorrows; if you mean that drink, the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars, which are used to provide tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitiful aged and infirm; to build highways and hospitals and schools, then certainly I am for it.

              “This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise.”

              • That’s one of my favorite political speeches ever. Ranks up there with the (legendary?) defense Temple Houston Esq. devised when a woman was accused of prostitution.

                • Whoof.

                  http://texasescapes.com/MikeCoxTexasTales/Minnie-Stacey.htm


                  Houston had been fighting a cold and his voice was weak. Leaning so close to the jury that “he could almost have laid his hands on the shoulders of each…” the lawyer began his closing argument “in a low, clear voice.”

                  “Gentleman,” he said, “you heard with what cruelty the prosecution referred to the sins of this woman as if her condition was of her own preference. The evidence has painted you a picture of her life and surroundings. Do you think that they were of her own choosing? Do you think that she willingly embraced a life so revolting and horrible?” The lawyer quickly answered his question.

                  “…No, gentlemen, one of our own sex was the author of her ruin, more to blame than she…”

                  After a brief hesitation, he continued:

                  “Gentlemen, the very promises of God are denied her. He said: ‘Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. She [the defendant] has indeed labored and is heavy laden but if at this instant she were to kneel down before us…and confess her redeemer and beseech His tender mercies, where is the church that would receive her?”

                  Gathering momentum:

                  “And even if they accepted her, scorn and mockery would greet her and those she met would gather around them their skirts the more closely to avoid the pollution of her touch. Would you tell me a single employment where she could realize ‘Give us this daily bread?'”

                  Sticking with his Biblical theme, Houston broached the story of the prodigal son.

                  “He was one of us, like her destroyer,” he said, “but for this prodigal daughter there is no return. Were she, with her wasted form and bleeding feet to drag herself back to her childhood home, she, the fallen and the lost, what would be her welcome?”

                  Houston urged the panel to consider that when they began their deliberation.

                  “One should respect her grief and I tell you that there reigns over her penitent and chastened spirit a desolation now that none, no none but the searcher of all hearts, can ever know.”

                  The lawyer then faced the prosecuting attorney.

                  “They wish to fine this woman and make her leave. They wish to wring from the wages of her shame the price of this meditated injustice; to take from her the little money she might have; and God knows, gentlemen, it came hard enough. I say unto you that our Justice, fitly symbolized by woman’s form, does not ask that you add aught to the woes of this unhappy one, who only asks at your hands the pitiful privilege of being left alone.”

                  But Houston was not finished.

                  “The Master, while on earth, while he spake in wrath and rebuke to the kings and rulers, never reproached one of those. One he forgave, another he acquitted.

                  “You remember both–and now looking upon this friendless outcast, if any of us can say unto her ‘I am holier than you,’ in the respect in which she is charged with sinning, who is he?”

                  Houston concluded his argument with this:

                  “Now, gentlemen, do as your Master did twice, under the very circumstances that surround you — tell her to go in peace.”

                  Within 10 minutes, the jury voted to acquit.

      • Its because democrats dumped a metric crapton of money into this election.

        • That, too. Paid for lots of signs.

          There’s also the issue of violence and people actually needing to decide if they’re going to identify their house or not. And even if not violence, there’s “get in people’s faces”. Anyone who is tired of the drama and angry about the absolute ape-shit behavior *may* think twice about self-identifying their residence.

          • It’s telling, isn’t it, that we all know violence/vandalism is far more likely to occur against people with ‘vote Republican’ signs than it is Democrat…?

            Not actually really an issue in my state. Wyoming is pretty much 99.9% Republican, with the 0.1% living in Laramie or Jackson Hole. Though even here, the Republican party office in Laramie got vandalized not too long ago. But on the other hand…dumb drunk college kids. That being said, though, even back in my own college days I kept quiet about the fact that I was voting Republican. I wasn’t worried about violence (not then), but I didn’t care to be lectured/harangued about why I didn’t vote for ‘the Chosen One’ ::spits::

            (The sad truth is, there’s no real reason for me to vote. I probably will, but since all the candidates are pretty much (R)–even though I loathe a couple of them–this is far from a battleground state.)

            • No, there’s now a brand new thing called “The House Popular Vote” which is what they are floating to use the big-state totals to pretend they didn’t really, really lose, so Every Wyoming Vote Counts.

              • I’d dearly love to smack all those idiots screeching about ‘popular vote.’ Guess what, morons, this isn’t a democracy. And thank goodness it isn’t, because mob rule = bad, bad things.

                • Idaho is safely red-but my county has some real . . . uh . . . interesting folks with dubious connections between brain cells on the R ticket. Even wonkier on the L ticket. (Look, he thinks there’s uranium added to the asphalt on the roads and that’s why radon is high -in a town half on young lava flows-and he changed his name to Idaho Lorax . . .)
                  Most of the Ds aren’t better, and not real sure about the Cs-they seem to’ve hit the purity spiral of death-but some of the local R’s need yanked, probably straight to a federal facility. When no one can figure out what the assessor’s office is doing . . . (we have had more issues with county officials here-this isn’t the first time someone’s run on “we don’t know what’s going on, but something stinks.”)

                  And then there are the two Props.

                  • And I just wasted five minutes trying to figure out how to make Uranium-laced asphalt, enriched so the whole shebang is just subcritical, with pipes for moderators underneath and other pipes to provide just enough extra criticality to kick it off…could possibly ever be useful.

                    Something like a nuclear linear shaped charge maybe?

                    • Hmm – for a border ditch, when a wall isn’t enough?

                    • Ohh, hmm, *scribblescribblescribble* It has potential as long as it doesn’t accidentally let the Gulf of California leak into the Colorado River when it detonates and floods the Salton…

                      Why’s everyone looking at me like that?

                    • Envy?
                      Or… the story appears when?

                    • scott2harrison

                      Don’t let it go supercritical and explode. Just have it go critical and create a wall of lethal radiation. No need to shoot the invading hordes, just collect up the corpses occasionally. Now if they try armored vehicles, those you shoot.

                  • And then there are the two Props.

                    Ugh, yes. We’ve got a school district levy increase in addition to those.

                    So many things to vote against!

                    • Feather Blade

                      I was amused at the flyers they sent out last week, trying gin up anti-Tribal sentiment in support of the gambling proposition, though.

                    • I’m rather in favor of 1. Haven’t figured out why the Tribes should preserve their monopoly. Finding out that the gambling monopolists were the biggest anti-1 funders was enlightening.
                      2, on the other hand, will financially kill Idaho if it passes. (Medicaid expansion.)

                    • Feather Blade

                      Haven’t figured out why the Tribes should preserve their monopoly

                      There is that. Of course, I don’t see why the tribes should have any say in state politics at all, given that they are technically sovereign nations that don’t have to follow non-tribe laws.

                      On the other hand, I’m against anything that would give the government more money to play with, so…

                    • I decided to vote against all school bonds when I figured out that 30-40% of the budget goes towards non-citizens.

                  • See, you guys can make sense of this. Near as I can figure out, I.L. thinks the city council just wants to give everyone cancer. He talks at you, but there’s no reality connection. Uranium does not equal radon anyway.

                    He’s banned from city council meetings for bad behavior.

                    • No, alas, I am not.

                      Among his delusions is one that my family is friendly towards him. He can’t read the difference between “You’re nuts and we’re being polite until you go away because we have children with us and would prefer this not escalate” and “We really like you and agree with you.”

                      I’m afraid the Idaho Libertarian Party really has lost it.

                    • Sadly, a lot of folks read “polite” as “a strong ally.” I don’t get it.

                  • Aw, man, that dude sounds like a hoot. (I love a good nutty conspiracy theorist! Granted, it’s not so great if he’s helping make local policy…)

            • An “R” sign in my neighborhood would be dangerous. We don’t put out signs, and we don’t put bumper stickers on our cars.

            • The reason to vote in a place/state where the people you’d like to win will most certainly win no matter what you do is to *spank* those violent, hateful, hysterical babies…

              Spank them so hard that the Dems can’t sit down for two years.

          • That is the reason ALL have the signs. Can you imagine what their neighbors would say if they DID NOT have the CORRECT signs in their yard???

          • And while the capitalist in me is gleeful about all that capital being made on *signs* of all things, I do admire the irony of the democrat/socialist left with all the money they spend on politics (ads, signs, et cetera) and not, say, actual things like helping out all those people on food stamps that vote straight democrat…

  18. When I got to our local polling place (small suburb of mid-sized Rust Belt city) at 5:55 AM, there were already over 100 people in line.
    By the time I got done voting, at around 6:40 AM, the line had ballooned to almost 200 people.
    I’ve done my civic duty. I am now stepping away from the news for the remainder of the day.

  19. The Left has gotten so crazy the last few years that my wholly apolitical wife, who refuses to pay attention to politics and who never votes, has agreed to go to the polls and vote straight-ticket Republican.

  20. Albert Greenbaum

    Re:”and still its oil”. Typo.

  21. For those worried about CO, New Hampshire has nice mountains and a strong freedom movement.
    My worry is not who shows up to vote, but who is counting the votes and adding (fake) or subtracting (real) votes from the count. Stalin was right about this. This is why Soros has funded an effort to get Demorats into SecState positions in every state, to screw with the count. Do not underestimate the power of the Dems’ election fraud machine.

  22. This is my last time to vote where I live. I’m moving to another state, maybe by the end of the year if all goes well. I expect it’ll more likely be next year.

  23. If the Dems take the House here’s the highlight reel of new committee chairs:
    Appropriations: Nita M. Lowey
    Financial Services: Maxine Waters
    Judiciary: Jerry Nadler
    Oversight and Government Reform: Elijah Cummings
    Permanent Select Committee on Inelligence: Adam Schiff, Ranking Member

    Remember, there’s a difference between Bozo and Pennywise.

    Get Out And Vote For the Bozo, It’s Important!
    By Sarah Hoyt
    Okay, I’ve had just about enough – and a bit besides – of people to the right of Lenin (or at least who claim to be to the right of Lenin) saying they’re not voting in this election because… because cheese and atomic penguins!

    No, wait, their excuse is even less coherent. It’s always either because the local GOP candidate is a moron (I feel your pain. Colorado’s GOP resembles a cross between a South American fiefdom and a circular firing squad) or because they don’t like Trump.

    Then there are the despicable people who claim to oppose the left but are going to vote for leftists because they wish to punish Trump. Is despicable too strong a word? No, not really, as I’ll explain.

    First, why do I say the first two excuses are not coherent? …

    • Nothing* to see here, move along, move along …

      Oversight Democrats ready to pounce on Trump if they win the House
      Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are poised to launch several investigations into the Trump administration should they take back control of the House on Election Day.

      Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the top Democrat on the committee who would likely become the new committee chairman, is expected to purse charges of waste, fraud, and abuse within the Trump administration. A Democratic aide on the committee said that could include the Trump administration’s security clearance policy, “multiple ethics scandals” involving senior administration officials, the administration’s U.S.-Mexico border policies, and the administration’s “troubling pattern of politically-motivated attacks on government watchdogs, ethics experts, law enforcement officials, and career government employees.”

      Democratic leaders of both the House Oversight and House Judiciary Committees could also go forward with dozens of subpoena requests and investigations that they say have been stifled by Republicans.

      For the past few years, the two Republican-controlled committees have been focused on investigating the Justice Department and FBI’s actions as they investigated both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton before the 2016 presidential election. In July, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., argued that the committees should be focused on “other emergencies” facing the U.S.

      “We ought to be holding hearings” on families separated at U.S.-Mexico border, Nadler said at the time. “It’s of more immediate concern than this hearing, certainly.”

      [SNIP]

      Elsewhere in the House, Rep. Adam Schiff is ready to restart the investigation into possible collusion between President Trump and Russia during the campaign. The California Democrat is the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, which ended its investigation earlier this year saying no evidence was found the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians.

      But Schiff told the Los Angeles Times on Monday that renewing the investigation is a top priority. …

      *Points awarded for the Democrats Pounce phrasing.

      • > pounce on Trump

        They’ll.. they’ll… what? Ridicule him? Lie outright? Shoot or physically assault his representatives and fellow Party members? Have incumbent politicians advocate assault and criminal activicty? Vote against anything he proposes? Object to his political appointments? Hire people to perjure themselves under oath? Weaponize the entire paper, video, and “social” media systems against him and anyone of his Party? Gone into screaming tantrums and demanded stress counseling? Vandalized election offices? Cried pitiably on TV? Marched in the Capitol wearing stupid hats?

        All it’s going to take is one serious assassination attempt and Gitmo is going to be seriously overcrowded… it’s doing to be hard to deny conspiracy when so many of the idiots have made their own videos.

        • Have folks falsify information to make up scandals, dig into his business history and that of his family and destroy them with full power of government, further defend weaponized government while pushing conspiracy theories and crying because the executive isn’t interpreting the law the same way.

          Figure they try and pull security details for cabinets as well. At least will result in more “get in your faces” if it doesn’t result in assassinations. And the lawfare and investigations of politically unfavored corporations as was done in NY will serve to warn others against serving in cabinet.

          Think of how the Soviets or Nazis would have treated opponents early on, before they started just executing them.

        • “Lie outright” is pretty standard.

    • Cummings and Waters of course have no problems with doing photo ops with and praising notorious actual anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, who recently called Jews “termites” (termites of course being a pest to be exterminated), and was in Iran this past weekend leading chants of Death to America and Death to Israel in support of the Iranian regime, which itself has declared that its goal is Death to America (In my view Farrakhan should be charged with treason, as he gave direct aid and comfort to a sworn enemy of the USA). The fact that Republicans did not run ads with videos and audio of Farrakhan’s reprehensible conduct over the years and then pictures of him palling around with Democrats and getting praised by Democrats absolutely mystifies me. The establishment still has not learned that being polite with Democrats is simply seen by Democrats in the same way that lions see gazelles, as prey to be feasted upon.

  24. I waited until 10:30 and waltzed right in.
    First time ever straight ticket, probably not needed here in bright red Alabama, but there were five amendments I wanted to weigh in on.
    And I have to believe that my straight Republican vote will do its small part to send a message to the left, the Democrats, and the social progressives, the whole seething mass of them.

  25. You have a Republic, if you can keep it.

    Vote Republican, or lose it all.

    • Christopher M Chupik

      “If you like your republic, you can keep your republic . . .”

      • I was channeling Mr. Franklin.

        While I’m sure most of our Founders would be amazed by our technology, pleasantly surprised at many of our civil rights improvements, shaking their heads at a number of our social changes; I think they would be horrified at where our government has gone. So much so, that they would be advocating armed insurrection to restore what they had established.

      • Nice Republic ya got there; be a shame if anything were to – happen – to it . . .

  26. No wait toward the end of lunch time at my local precinct (in OH-2), but the poll workers said there were lines this morning, my coworkers said much the same, and my parents reported long lines in CT at 8 AM.

  27. Barry the Unready. A very nice sobriquet. The only issue I have with there’s sort of an implication he might have been ready at some point. Perhaps Barry the Perpetually Unready?

  28. Well voted this am. Probably get all the bleeding hearts trying to get more expensive schools and dipping hands deeper into my pockets. Trying to hold no hope since been some whispers that even here things were competitive or at least close enough to take effort.

  29. Voted, not straight ticket (some Libertarians for state judge and a JP.) Very busy all over the various polling sites I went past going to and from work.

    There have been exactly 2 Cruz signs for every Beto in the parts of town I frequent.

  30. My typical prediction: Should the Republicans keep hold of the House & Senate, we’ll see a big flare up of petty rioting in the usual Blue safe zones/ People’s Democratic Republics, and a few weeks of weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth. Once that’s done, we’ll see a lot of “Whatsamatta You Kansas” ink spilled about the Democratic party’s loss of appeal to it’s traditional base, and the need for it to return to their working class roots.

    But, should either one go blue, the REEEEEEEEE!!!! will continue.

  31. Filled out my ballot last week, but held to turn in today (we live in a votefraud by mail state which runs heavily Dem, so I didn’t want the vote counters to know how many dead people they need to get ballots from to counter my vote.) I dropped my ballot off in a box near my work.
    There was one position where I actually personally knew one of the candidates — I’ve known this person for a few years now, and we have some of the same social circles. She’s a great person, but she’s running with a (D) beside her name. I felt bad, but I didn’t vote for her anyway.

  32. Sadly, we missed the registration deadline for Indiana as we were in the middle of a pre-move road trip. On the plus side, Indiana is a solidly red state, and we’re now insulated from the insanity by about 4000 miles of ocean, getting settled in Pago Pago.

  33. Release of Final Report for the White House Special Counsel’s Investigation on Election Interference
    (The Mueler Report)

    Excerpts from the Executive Summary:

    …irrespective of the efforts uncovered to penetrate data systems uncovered by services during the Obama administration, no evidence connecting these actions to any member of Donald J. Trump’s family have been found.

    No evidence of a connection to the campaign staff of then candidate Trump has been found.

    No evidence of a connection to the transition staff of then President-Elect Trump has been found.

    No evidence of any connection to the advisory staff of Donald J. Trump as candidate, President-Elect or POTUS has been found.

    While it remains to be seen…

    New York Times headline:

    Mueler Report Released:
    Repeated references to “connections” and “evidence”,
    Yet no charges planned to be filed.

    [whisper mode]

    *not Hillary*

    *hee hee*

    [/whisper mode]

  34. Prediction: Republicans will increase their margin in the Senate; Democrats will win narrow margin in the House. Democrats and state media will proclaim that midterm elections represent a repudiation of Trump and Republicans. They will then spend two years portraying the Senate and Trump as obstructionist for not capitulating to the demands of House Democrats.

    • Well, your election predictions are born out.
      However, it’s not the Democrats spending two years portraying Trump and the Senate as obstructionists. It will be 2 years of the Democrats BEING obstructionists. They are going to waste massive amounts of time and money and media with ceaseless mass attacks against the President. I fully expect the House to go into impeachment hearings and investigations as soon as they are seated; even though they haven’t a snowballs chance in hell of getting the Senate to ever convict him. What will be needed is the President and the Senate to BE obstructionist against the House; and to show both factually how Democrat bills are destructive, and push the “You need to feel very worried about the course the Dems want you to go down” to the American people. Otherwise, 2020 will see both houses of Congress, and the Presidency, back in Democrat hands.

      • They’re already demanding his tax returns.

        • If they go down that road, Senate committees can play that game to, and go after tax returns of leading Democrats, including people like Obama and Hillary, and can also go after tax returns of the House leadership. Can’t wait to see Nancy Pelosi’s and “Md” Maxine Waters reaction to their tax returns being demanded by the Senate.

          There are a very ugly two years coming up as Democrats go all-in on “resistance” even more than they have now, because in their insane world view, they think it worked.

        • The problem with announcing beforehand that they are doing it to be obstructive and to make demands is that they have real difficulty being taken seriously.

      • > It will be 2 years of the Democrats BEING obstructionists.

        More obstructionist than they’ve been for the last two years?

      • However, it’s not the Democrats spending two years portraying Trump and the Senate as obstructionists. It will be 2 years of the Democrats BEING obstructionists.

        Embrace the power of AND

  35. I’m not going to get what I hoped for tonight.

    Namely, a massive Democratic loss this year.

    Not because I like Trump, mind you. But, because maybe the shock of such a loss might actually cause a lot of the NPCs to reboot and maybe actually start to think rather than run on their cheap Marxist script.

  36. Last check of the evening – so far, yay!, Arizona looks good. Not great – but no real shift away from being Red. Republicans are holding on to seats they had, Democrats are holding on to theirs. McSally / Sinema is still close – but the main county still uncalled is Maricopa, which has always been close, but turned out slightly Red every time.

    Every one of the propositions is going in the right direction, too.

  37. All in all, I’d say this midterm was a solid hold for Republicans, when considering all the variables. Sure, it looks like the House flipped, but the Dem’s majority is paper thin. Republicans look to have increased their Senate majority, so any wackiness generated from a Dem House majority will not only fail miserably, but will wipe out any of their gains come 2020 when Trump is on the ballot.

    Strategically, if it’s one thing McConnell excels at is getting judges on the bench, so any legislation that the House even wants to have the Senate LOOK at will probably require concessions on judicial appointments in the Senate.

    Historically, this looks VERY bad for Democrats, despite the narrative already weakly being spun as this being a repudiation of Trump. With an antipathetic histrionic media bleating constant hyperbole attacking Trump, the opposing party only managed to flip ~23 House seats. Off the top of my head, by contrast, Lightbringer Obama lost somewhere in the 60s and Clinton in the 50s for their first midterms. 23 is historically loooooooow. I’m not sure, but I think picking up this many Senate seats is unheard of for a first term presidential midterm election.

    Barring a meltdown of the economy, or Trump doing/saying something even he can’t recover from (certainly possible, but at this point seemingly unlikely), I can’t see the Dems having any serious success in 2020 if this was their best. What’s the media going to run with? Seriously, what have they got? They’ve fired everything they got and have barely made a scratch. Trump enjoys approval ratings that are in line Obama’s at this point in his first term, despite probably the worst presidential publicity in history and Obama benefiting from the best.

    One would think this situation would spark a moment of self-reflection and sober examination from the Left. One would think…

    • BobtheRegisterredFool

      We still aren’t all the way counted on the house, but I’m for bed soon.

      • Maybe a miracle happens. G-d, I hope a miracle happens. But if they truly have the house, gmmay, this is very very bad. Think two years to hide and entrench the corruption of the FBI and CIA. Think a steady drip drip drip of anti-Trump investigations to make everyone think the administration is corrupt.
        Think Trump’s instincts to work with people and find a midpoint.
        Think of all they can and will do to wreck the economy, which will be blamed on Trump.
        Bad show.
        PRAY for a miracle.

        • Hah! For once I’m more optimistic than you?

          The corruption at the FBI and CIA was proceeding apace without the House. Those agencies were probably too far gone anyway. Besides, the Senate is now stronger and Trump will probably shake up his cabinet anyway and hopefully get some more effective people in Justice.

          As far as anti-Trump investigations, they’re not going to find anything and like I said, that will hurt them in 2020. They’ve been investigating him for over two years, spying on him even, and they’ve got nothing and his approval rating hasn’t suffered. Without the Senate or the Executive branch, the House can do very little to the economy.

  38. Please don’t despair. Initial numbers suggest the losses in the House are about on the same scale as in Reagan’s first mid-term in 1982 – but if so that will only give the Democrats a razor-thin margin of three seats. If that holds, that majority could be whittled away by any number of factors. Have you seen how old some of the Democrats in the House are? I share your concerns, but all is not lost. Let us all refrain from taking counsel from out fears.

    On the bright side, the new Senate should be more closely aligned with President Trump. If a couple Republican-held seats that are still outstanding come through, there should be 54-55 Republican senators. That should make control of the executive branch, and judicial nominations, easier than before.

  39. Congratulations Americans. You voted, and Hillary still isn’t president. ~:D

    • No, but I bet you there will be assassination attempts because Nancy Palsy is now in line of succession.

      • But for how long? I suspect the back-stabbing is going to make Julius Caesar’s little encounter with the Senate look healthy and friendly (No offense, SPQR.)

      • Nancy Roboto is going to blow a transistor any day now. Her constant glitches and facial ticks indicate her cranial circulation is experiencing “issues”, shall we say. Pretty soon she’s going to get up in front of a camera and start “speaking in tongues.”

        I’d feel sorry for her… if she wasn’t a communist bent on destroying the USA.

      • But they’d have to get Trump and Pence at (pretty much) the exact same time. Far as I know, there’s no law that specifies that the Speaker replace the VP (the House basically forced Ford on Nixon, and I can’t see the Senate confirming Pelosi), so the only way to keep Trump or Pence from nominating a not-Pelosi is to get both of them at once. I can’t see them successfully pulling that off.

  40. On the comedy side, I note that Occasionally-Cortex was elected, and will be in the news saying crazy shit all the time now. Awesome!

    • Plus Maxine Waters will be in charge of the banking committee. And she can’t help being an ignorant loon.

    • the upside of which is that a few Dems from purple states may be sufficiently embarrassed by the screaming children to resuscitate Blue Dog Demo’s, thus reducing the presumed 23-majority.

      • If they ran under the umbrella that includes SOCIALISTS they’re not capable of embarrassment.

        • If under the banner including socialists, you’re likely right. If under the banner of not-Republican, or under the banner of like-my-neighbors, they might be embarrassable by the socialist fringe — even though the candidates in those groups may actually have a lot of Venn overlap. Very much a matter of self-image.

  41. Bugger. The one local bright spot is that it looks (at the moment) that MN-1 will go R. It seems pretty much everything else went DFL (officially ‘Democrat-Farm-Labor, but it’s increasingly difficult to think of it as anything other than Damn Fool League [And the not Bob kind of Fool, either]). I, sadly, rather expected* this, due to general leanings and history, money, and name recognition. The execrable Keith Ellison as AG?

    * I hoped for better, but…

    The Big(-ger? -gest?) Problem is that even with what might be a narrow, limited win in and of the House, the lesson taken is “Our tantrums worked. …We need more!”

  42. analytical-engine-mechanic

    Yes, this could be very very bad. In some ways it’s even likely to be. But given the solidified control of the Senate that *seems* also to be happening, likely (so thay say) to last till 2022 not just 2020, *not* so bad as it could’ve been.
    Especially since House control seems likely about as tenuous and fragile as R voting in the Senate has been, but will now (it seems) not stay.

    From the very little the White House has said, and also has not said, this may have been an explicit strategy: figure the House likely lost, deploy scarce resources to keep and consolidate the Senate instead, call it victory. (if so, it worked.)

    Still likely to be bad stuff afoot.
    Like those “investigations” — can you say, fishing expeditions? I can say, like a Cold War era fleet of Soviet trawlers, pretending to do one thing while up to quite another.
    Or, *Maxine Waters* as committee chair of *anything*, ugh, ’nuff said.

    If we play our cards right, and they keep on playing them wrong, the next two years before the 2020 election could be much like those last two weeks before the 2016 one — a glimpse into what wider D-party control of our government might really be like. It’s (among other things) a real, live-fire experiment in a way that keeps them from, say, passing *any* legislation themselves, or doing any but a few specific things, while *everybody* else gets to watch and learn.

    A new “What Happened?!?” we all get to read *before* the next election. And then vote accordingly.

    When you’re out of power you can talk glibly and loosely about impeachment all you want, for instance, and run no risk of actually doing it. Now, they have a real decision to make on that: they have to *choose* not to be that stupid. To impeach Trump for not being Hillary (*not* just talk about it) is very different.
    Because a D House *can* impeach; and then the R Senate can *not remove*.
    And (so MSM says), *already* Pelosi says no to that.
    And as she does, she’s saying “no” to the nuttiest nut-wingers in her own party base. Who probably will neither like it nor understand.(“But we voted for you for this!”)

    Ocasio-Cortez could be a campaign in herself. Now *not* just a candidate but a sitting member of the ruling party in the House. Saying / voting stupid stuff, per her usual, is suddenly a lot less… deniable, by the rest of *her* party.
    (“Alexandra O-C Watch and Learn” blog/website, anyone?)

    The most notable things to me about this election and the exit polls are the real dog that didn’t bark and the ghost dog that did.

    The economy really is doing great. Even private TV and radio commercials (as in NOT political ones) take a “shortage of qualified applicants” for granted.
    But apparently *few* people indeed even *noticed*, in the way they *voted*.
    Summer of Recovery *finally, finally* came, for real… and everyone *yawned*? Huh??

    And instead the biggest issue was “health care” — which it seems manifested as “let’s all vote D to save Obamacare” to improve health care. What??

    (Let’s briefly and simply do the food market, say, on Affordability Curtailment Act. You can only buy food the first week of the month, or maybe Mondays and Tuesdays. Everybody gets a different price, which you only find out after you bought your cornflakes or hamburger; and you have to tell them how much you make first. All your food spending has to go through some big Food Insurance Company, or else you pay full cash prices and a lot more. And if you do go “on the dole” and get the subsidies that make that $50 box of cornflakes so allegedly affordable to you, you either do know or should that those “too good to be true” prices really *are*, and like a “low cost” mortgage from, say, Countrywide back in the day, *will* fold up and leave you stranded. While you do not, any longer, have to buy a full package of Government Approved Food to get anything to eat, even if you hate tofu and arugela and whatever, for years you did, even if the tofu fed only the compost pile.

    Oh, yeah, it’s improved; for some highly singular values of “improved” I guess.)

    Obviously someone forgot to check their wallet, *and* their common sense.
    And/or someones else, maybe “us” in some sense, didn’t encourage them to.

    Step 0. Admit you lost.
    Step 1. Figure out why.
    Step 2. Figure out how to do better.
    Step 3. Bloody well actually do it.

    (Note well the Hillaryites still stuck on Step 0. Then pass ’em by.)

    And *next* time we swing the Straight Ticket Cluebat of Doom, maybe we *can* do *much* better than damage control, and minimizing an allegedly-fated Midterm Curse.

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