I’m still savoring last night’s victory. It has been a long time coming. My only regret is that Missouri doesn’t appear to be going along with my vote. Yes we are very close in the presidential election, less then 5900 votes behind McCain. There are some 8000 provisional ballots yet to be counted. Most of these ballots are from precincts that Obama did well in yesterday. So it is logical to suppose that most of the 8000 provisional ballots would go for Obama. Maybe enough to put him over the top? The catch is that most of these votes won’t be counted. Past history indicates that only about a third of them will be counted. That will not be enough.
A lot has been made of Missouri’s status as a bellwether state. Until yesterday it had picked the winning candidate all but once since 1904. It is seldom mentioned that that once was the 1956 election where Missouri went for Adlai Stevenson, while the nation went overwhelmingly for Eisenhower. When Missouri is wrong it is really wrong.
This post’s picture is of Anne’s campaign sticker. She wore it last Saturday after campaigning for Barack. I talked a lot, but she did a lot for Obama. So did Dan. For consolation, we won the governorship and kept all state offices that were in Democratic hands before. So we didn’t win in Missouri this year. I look forward to an Obama victory in Missouri in 2012. I look forward to following the progress of the Obama administration. I look forward to hearing the following quotes on the radio:
“I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States…”
“In the news today, President Obama called on Americans to…”
“The Obama administration says it’s tackling the issue aggressively…”
“The House and Senate have passed, and President Obama signed, sweeping legislation…”
“For the first time in years, polling shows that Americans feel like the country is on the right track again…”
For the complete list of news quotes check out dKos.
Yes, once again after seeing the results in MO I felt like I could have stayed home. Everyone or every proposition I voted for either lost or won in a landslide. I voted against Prop A because it seemed to me to be a mashed-up Frankenstein of a proposition, but it passed by a healthy margin. If Obama does somehow end up winning MO then I’ll feel like the 3-hour wait in line was worth it.