So Close

The new RDU terminal is shiny. Really shiny. It even feels like a real airport now, and what’s more, a real airport with seats that have USB and normal powerpoints to plug all your stuff into. It’s a geek-paradise! Except…I can’t seem to connect to a wireless network. There’s something called ‘testwlan’ which requires a password and an elusive T-Mobile signal that crops up every five minutes, but I’m not hopeful on getting a connection. Which is sad, as I meant to email Nikki a goodbye note, seeing as how she’s been working all day and had to miss the yumminess, the sourness, Stacie’s death-dealing, and a discussion on what exactly ‘breakfast’ means.

Bonnie on a chat to me sometime during the night of the November 2004 election:

they should’ve had gotten Obama out more. just stick him everywhere

I think they got that covered this time around.

The Party That Doesn't Stop Giving

Oh, Sarah, so much to answer for…

So Much Food...

Let me add to the chorus suggesting that Stacie needs to open a restaurant…


Four years ago, Chapel Hill seemed like a morgue; people wandered around the city and campus with their heads down, wondering just how the country could have chosen four more years of Bush. Today, like almost everywhere in the country, there’s a feeling of elation in the air.

I’ve never seen anything quite like it - spontaneous outbreaks of joy spilling out in the towns and cities across the nation. It’s like the Americans were greeting themselves as liberators, hugging random strangers and going to the White House to celebrate the result.

When the West Coast closed last night, when it was finally called, it really did feel like a new beginning. That for all the country’s faults, this is the only Western nation on the planet that would elect a black man from a single parent family. A man that took on the two great political machines of the past two decades and beat them both.

Obama will disappoint us, almost certainly. There’s so muchhope invested in him right now, but there’s a limited amount a President can do, and the success of things like Prop 8 in California show that there’s still some ways to go. In addition, despite what Melanie Philips and her ilk would have you believe, Obama is a pragmatic centre-left politician. I’m bit expecting him to revive The Fairness Doctrine any time soon, for example (and in addition, I hope he doesn’t even think about it, as it’s a pretty bad idea).

Bit that’s all in the future. For now, I’m wandering the streets of Durham and Chapel Hill hearing people talking about President-Elect Obama with a pride I haven’t seen for years. As we said last night, “Yes We Did”.

Well, NC Already Was A Blue State

Except now it’s Democratic Blue as well as Carolina Blue…


I would tell you what I did last night…I’m just not sure whether it was legal or not…


Yes We Did

Community organizers FTW.

I have not seen quite so much flesh in quite a while.

Crying everywhere.

In the end, when I’m up against the wall, I’m with America.

President-elect Obama. Oh yes.

Sad News From Hawaii

Obama’s grandmother has died on the eve of the election.

Today is traditionally the final day of electioneering, but the McCain appears to be holding at least one rally in New Mexico tomorrow (hopefully, it’ll go better than the 1,000 strong crowd in Tampa today). The Obama camp isn’t resting on their laurels either, knocking on a million doors in Ohio today, where reports suggest that he may be substantially ahead in early voting. The lesson learned: mock community organisers at your peril.

And we have the polls. They’re here, there, and everywhere, but they all say pretty much the same thing - there’s been a touch of tightening, but Obama still leads the battleground states, and is crushing McCain in early voting.

Your guide for tomorrow: Virginia closes at 7pm EST (midnight GMT). If Obama wins there, then McCain has to take Pennsylvania in order to have a chance of holding on. Georgia closes at the same time - if takes this, then the election is going to be a landslide victory. Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and North Carolina will close between 7:30 and 8:30. Colorado, and New Mexico follow an hour later, with Nevada coming in at 10pm. I’m guessing that it’ll all be over by then, hopefully in Obama’s favour, but I’m keeping fingers and toes crossed for the next 36 hours…

A Gentle Summary, If You Will.

Summing up.