Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Never Underestimate the Stupidity of the American Public

I know that they said it was going to be a close race, but I really just assumed that the pollers weren't talking to the correct people. I mean Danielle had my phone number, and yet not one poller called. I certainly thought Kerry had it in the bag when Green Bay beat the Redskins on Sunday.

Listening to the radio as I drove back home tonight they were talking to a nineteen year old student named Emma waiting to vote in Ohio. She got to the poll at 2:00 in the afternoon and was finally able to cast her vote at 11:57, almost a full ten hour wait to vote. How many people couldn't wait that long? How many had jobs or families that they had to go to?

As I type this some networks have given Ohio and 269 electoral votes to Bush meaning the best Kerry can hope for is a tie to be broken by a Republican House of Representatives. I am totally stunned at the thought of another 4 years of Bush.

Locally, Michiganders are no smarter than the general American population and have passed the casino and the ban on gay marriage proposals. Speaking with someone the other day who herself had been married three times, she said she was against gay marriage as that would damage real marriages. I asked her which one of her marriages it would have affected? What I wanted to ask was which one of your husbands would not have married you had he had the option of marrying another man? I really just don't get the way some people think. But with another four years of Bush I'm sure I will be seeing more and more that is harder and harder to believe.

Oh well, California came through, Michigan is still to close to call but Kerry is leading. Indiana only needed 500,000 more flip-floppers and we could've had 'em. And we all know in Florida "My brother Jeb has some votes set aside for me, for me!"

This election will probably not be official for days, and even those of us unemployed must sleep.


ez said...

I went to bed at around 10:30 and woke up this morning to find out that Ohio is our last hope and not much of one at that. It just makes me sick to think about it. I really tried to swing Indiana, it would have made all the difference.

Adrienne said...

California is a given so our 4 little votes didnt do much good. We need to find a way to register all of us in Ohio for the next one. But we did get the Stem Cell research through and we arent getting any casinos. All of our Democrats won, Boxer, Schiff and our local boy Frommer.

You all can be very proud of our new voters, they asked questions about different things but didnt ask anyone to tell them how to vote on things. And what they didn't feel comfortable about they didnt just mark something willy nilly.

paulette said...

I don't much care about the casino thing. I like to play and it doesn't make much difference to me who's making the money on my playing. I don't really believe that anything they do to the casinos would affect my taxes. The money will go to an Indian bureaucrat or some other bureaucrat. But I really hate to think that my own friends and neighbors are no smarter that people in Mississippi and Alabama on the same-sex marriage issue.

I was polled pretty regularly and I answered all their questions but more than that I got a lot, lot, lot, of recorded messages. Even one from Ben Stien.

Adrienne said...

I was flabbergasted that 9 states voted to ban same sex marriages! As for phone calls, we only got 1 from Bill Clinton yesterday reminding us to get out and vote.

KathrynVH said...

We also got a phone message from Jerry Brown (remember ultra liberal former govenor of California) telling us about all the terrible criminals who would be released from prision if we softened the three strikes law. Is it possible that someone impersonated his voice? That just doesn't sound like the ultra libral side of that issue. P.S. The third strike must now be for a serious and dangerous felony--take that Supreme Court.

KathrynVH said...

Adrienne tells me I spoke too soon--Softening 3 strikes did not pass (early returns notwithstanding). There are a few gloaters around here and a few very sad and glum compadres.

your friend Si said...

Proof perhaps that God hates America? Good luck for the next 4 years!!

melody said...

i would of never waited that long to vote. so who is this person above we know him somehow or in someway? i'm glad to hear that darris richards is out of office though!