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USA Election 2008

November 4th, 2008 (11:11 pm)

5.04am - Google chat goes down for the second time...

4.52am - Kenya declares national holiday - tonight, perhaps, lots of us are Kenyans.

4.46am - Gore Vidal hates Republicans - "They love war. They love money..." To Dimbleby "I don't know who you are!" as Dimbleby refuses to tease out more extreme implications of Vidal's utterings.

4.26am - Palin's priorities listed by McCain as Alaska, the party and the country - there's an obvious gloss to be made there.

4.21am - common faith - specifically in afterlife 'in presence of the creator' - invoked in McCain's speech.

4.17am - Jesse Jackson in tears; the commentator is saying that it's bittersweet for him. McCain dignified, dismissing boos - and showing distaste.

4.15am - Tracy Chapman, proud to be American.

4.01am - Washington pushes Obama over the 270 limit!

eta: I can confirm that Schama really did use the word 'wuss'.

2.39 Simon Schama has just called Dimbleby a wuss for not calling the presidency.

2.36 David Dimbleby refers to President-elect Obama during an interview for the first time...

2.31 Republican party celebrations in Ohio non-existent - event looks desolate.

2.25 - Larry Sabato is predicting 330-360 seats in the electoral college for Obama - 'technically a landslide'. I've just denied somewhere else that there will be a landslide, but it's a question of definition really.

2.14 - popular vote 50% Obama, 49% McCain - but we've still got big population centres like California to be counted, among others.

1.44 - not that surprised to find Jesse Jackson at Grant Park.

1.42 Republican activist in Culpeper, Va. says it's looking 'not so good' for them there - he says their rural votes haven't been stacking up. Them cites Democrat advantage in $$$ - which is a fair point but not all the story.

1.27 - CNN are at a church watch party in Atlanta, with a black congregation. Both services which I'm watching are emphasising this, unsurprisingly. The congregation remain cautious about Obama's victory. Memory of Martin Luther King being invoked.

1.24 - 97% of African-Americans voted in Georgia. That's an impressive statistic.

1.17 - John Sununu too.

1.15 - Bye bye Libby Dole... I'd not followed that race beyond being aware it had become fraught.

1.13 - BBC say Orange County, Florida, falling 60:40 to Obama.

1.07 - Sabato: holding Indiana will make no difference for McCain.

1/06am - Lots of states called for Obama.Laura Trevelyan of the BBC says that the McCainites are clutching at straws in Pennsylvania, talking about gas leaks in polling stations.

1.02am. DC, Illinois, NH, Massachusetts, Delaware... blue!

1am - Pennsylvania is Obama's - and so is New Hampshire!

12.33am Jefferson Davis County, Georgia, gives Obama only 29% of the vote. Still, that's probably good in a county with that name.

12.16am: Laura Koensberg of the BBC is asking Ricky Gervais about his opinions on US politics and the election. Why..?

12.08am Democrats pick up three senators...

12.07am Looks like McCain victories could be narrow.

11.56pm Obama 2.6% behind in Kentucky - but where in the state is this 9% reporting from?

11.49pm New York Times starts to call - Indiana narrowly bending towards Obama, with 2% reporting. Really, really early days yet.


11.11pm Everyone on Newsnight from the BBC is trying to pretend, as Jeremy Paxman himself has pointed out, that this election could go either way, but the sense in Washington is that there is a night of momentous change. I remember four years ago that there was a slight ripple about this time, or slightly earlier, in the evening, that John Kerry had taken the lead, which was not the case. I will remain cautious, but I am sympathetic to the Democratic cause (though I am wary of Obama's protectionist streak) and hope for an interesting night, whether a landslide revealing colourful and unexpected strata in the electoral geology, or more modest pebble-rolling.

Comments

Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: November 4th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
eek

Twitch, twitch.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 4th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
US_politics

No states to be called until midnight, says Dimbleby Major...

Posted by: brewsternorth (brewsternorth)
Posted at: November 5th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
rarepairs FTW

Gosh re: Pennsylvania and NH (particularly given that McCain had been doing quite a bit of groundwork in the former).

Posted by: freddiethetroll (freddiethetroll)
Posted at: November 5th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)

The ousting of Senator Dole following her anti-atheist campaigning is a step forward for those of us who think that christianity is a negative influence on American politics.

Incidentally, she's also the reason your car has a third brake light.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 5th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)

I didn't know about the third brake light!

Posted by: freddiethetroll (freddiethetroll)
Posted at: November 5th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)

It dates back to her time as Secretary of Transport in the Reagan administration.

Posted by: Naraht (emily_shore)
Posted at: November 5th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)

97% of African-Americans voted in Georgia.

Are you sure? Or could it have been 97% for Obama?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 5th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)

I thought it was the turnout, but might have been wrong - 'for Obama' makes more sense.

Posted by: freddiethetroll (freddiethetroll)
Posted at: November 5th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)

Turnout was what they said.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 5th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)

Thought so, but would have been prepared to be wrong.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 5th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)

BBC's Clive Myrie's just said it again - 97% _turnout_. Remarkable.

Posted by: freddiethetroll (freddiethetroll)
Posted at: November 5th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)

I wonder if Jackson still wants to "cut his (Obama's) nuts out"...?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 5th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)

I wondered what that was all about...

Posted by: freddiethetroll (freddiethetroll)
Posted at: November 5th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)

Rupert Murdoch says he "likes Obama personally" and thinks he has a chance to "be a great president", but like you (and me for that matter), he's worried about the potential for protectionism.

Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: November 5th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
raspberry

Do I detect a soupçon of self-interest from Master Murdoch...?

Posted by: freddiethetroll (freddiethetroll)
Posted at: November 5th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)

A little closer than I expected it would seem.

Posted by: brewsternorth (brewsternorth)
Posted at: November 5th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)

To Dimbleby "I don't know who you are!" as Dimbleby refuses to tease out more extreme implications of Vidal's utterings.

To which my immediate reaction was (mentally), "He's David Dimbleby, beeyotches!"