All Exits Final

We have exit polls. Take with your usual tonne or two of salt. Exit polls in 2004 favoured a Mr. Kerry, and look how that turned out (for us, it turned out to be a drunken haze, but really, it was the only way to cope).

Apparently, on the Rush Limbaugh show this afternoon the RNC chairman floated the idea that the Democrats may be stealing the election. Heh. As if this bunch of Democrats could organise such a thing.

The exit polls on FOX News are coming with a length disclaimer. DON'T WORRY. DON'T PANIC.

Kentucky has closed! Plus more are about to shut: Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina Vermont and Virginia. Woohoo! The Democrats have picked up one seat already. Supposedly. Not entirely sure where, though, although CNN say it's a former independent seat.

Hmm, and the reports of extremely high GOP turn-out begin to filter in. It might be time for the vodka.

Ohio, West Virginia, and yes, North Carolina! about to close. Byrd wins. 60 years in the Senate. Heh.

Virginia gay marriage ban passes. Not looking good.

I am getting the Fear. The Democratic Fear. Not again. Surely.

There is good news in Kentucky. A House seat, KY3, wasn't in play until last week. The Democratic candidate is leading by a thin margin. Virginia though is not looking good.

If Ford wins in Tennessee, I will eat my hat. It would be one of the most impressive events since the Reconstruction. Even if he is more conservative as a Democrat than a lot of Republicans.

A bunch of states about to close their polls. Webb now neck and neck with Allen in Virginia. Fear. Still.

Katherine Harris is being destroyed in Florida. At least some justice for 2000 there, then.

Fox: "It's a Democratic year! *whaaaaa*"

Mark Foley's Florida seat appears to be slipping away from the Republicans.

Maryland. Heh. Looks like Carcetti. Oh my. Florida governor race is too close to call. Please, please! An early birthday present for Laura!

Hah. Too optimistic there. New update shows Crist getting a load more votes from reporting precincts. Well, it was nice for a moment.

North Carolina seat is 50 50! Go Asheville-type area! While it looks like Tennessee is definitely a step too far for the Democrats, with Corker pulling away from Ford. Although saying that, it's still early reporting.

Oh God. I think Virginia is going to end up like Florida in 2000. Lawyers Ahoy.

It's not just me, is it? Chris Wallace really does have the most punchable face.

RICK SANToRUM! SLING YOUR HOOK! HELL YES!

Hmm. Fox have called NJ, but only 3% of precincts have reported, and there's only a 4% differential so far. Bizarre. But! Santorum! I have a warm glow. Admittedly, he's now getting a loving eulogy from Fred Barnes on Fox. Heh. A compassionate conservative. Unless you happen to be gay, of course. In which case you're scum and want to have sex with dogs. The Senate is a better place without him.

NC is 51/49 D! Go Go!

Fox: Democrats horny for female graduate students, hence Democrat bias in exit polls. Ummm…

Ohio is Democrat. That's two.

Yes. So Kean is above Menedez, yet they've already called it for the latter? I'm just a little concerned about that.

Oh my goodness; they getting excited on Fox because they're using a swingometer that Peter Snow would simply laugh at.

Lots of votes coming in now, but nothing to decide anything one way or another just yet.

Howard Dean! and he looks like he wants to deck Wallace too. Good man.

Spitzer as New York Governor! Hurrah!

Lieberman holds. Boo. And Hiss.

Fox is projecting a Maryland hold for the Democrats. Which is fortunate for the Democrats, as if they'd lost that seat, it would ruin all their chances of taking the Senate. An interesting trend for Maryland, though; the future races there could be quite hard fought affairs.

And, let's spare a thought for residents of Washington DC, who get to watch tonight's election, but not vote. Oddly, the city has no representation in either the House or the Senate (they have a couple of observers in the House, but they can't vote), and is ruled directly by the Federal government. They couldn't even vote for President until 1964.

Democrats need 12 more seats to take the House, according to Fox (I'm flicking around, but Fox is the channel that is calling races).

Whitehouse beats Chafee? Rhode Island is now Dem. Three. North Carolina pulling away to the Democrats as well. Half-way there. Only those three were the easy ones. Missouri is not looking too favourable, but I didn't catch how many precincts had reported. eeep.

Beginning to falter. Some are still optmistic that a lot of the Northern VA votes haven't come in yet for Webb, but I remember that line of thinking from two years ago, and it didn't help then, either.

Oh my. Oh my. The mayor of Baltimore is now the Governor of Maryland. OMAR'S CALLING.

Virginia is still on a knife-edge. 2,000 votes between the two Senate candidates. And 20,000 Green votes. Excuse me while I go and club a seal.

Montana is about to close. And that's really the last Senate seat that I can see the having a chance of the Democrats taking.

It's time to point and laugh at Rick Santorum! Ah, just like the great Portillo moment of 1997. Your crying children aren't going to make me feel sympathetic towards you.

There's not much left from Virginia. There are a few big cities still left to fully report, but I can't see Webb making up the 20,000 votes he's behind at the moment.

Seven seats for the House.

And now we have to suffer a unbearably smug Lieberman. Grr.

The House is falling. It's looking very likely that Virginia will go to a recount.

Current Fox line: "They're Conservative Democrats!"

Tom DeLay's former seat: Democrat. And the house falls to the Democrats. Bwahahahaha.

That sound you hear is lawyers parachuting into Virginia. Early returns from Montana are faovuring Tester, and although McCaskell is down in Missouri, even Fox is saying that the strongly Democratic cities haven't been counted yet.

Mark Foley's old Florida seat goes blue, with another Florida seat. A slightly disappointing night down there for the Democrats.

How long can I carry on? Three, four more hours for Montana, they're predicting. Hah. Damn them!

Virginia now down to below 3,000 votes between the two candidates. I*glares at the 25,000 Green party voters*

Heh. "A New Direction For America" in a very West Wing-esque font. Good choice, Democrats.

They still seem very confident about Missouri and Montana.

I like Harry Reid, despite myself. Besides, a northern Majority or even Minority Leader just wouldn't work. Nevada is far enough away from both the South and the North to play both sides. Which is want you want really.

So, em. Secretary Rumsfeld. Perhaps you might want to update your CV…?

Nancy! Oh, how the ultra-conservatives are quaking right now. A woman! In charge of the House. From SAN FRANCISCO! Heavens!

Virginia. From the returns website. Webb now 2,000 votes up. A cynical man would think that some of the Democratic precincts were holding back to report the numbers that were required. But I dont know if their machine has been capable of that in the last twenty or so years.

Right. It's not going to be decided tonight. Virginia is going to a recount. Missouri and Montana will be counting for hours. But a good night for Democrats, even if they fall short of the Senate...

I Said Never Again

Here we are then, the last, final chance to place a check on the Bush Administration.

My anger has been rising over the past few weeks; not only with the brazen ‘a Democratic vote is a vote for terrorism’ ploy of the President and Vice-President, but because I’ve been reading the third volume of Robert Caro’s biography of Lyndon Johnson. The first hundred pages of that are an unabashed love letter to the Senate, explaining how the Constitution set up a body that was protected by various means from the Executive, the States, the population of the country, and even itself. How they resisted finding Andrew Jackson guilty on impeachment charges, despite public outcry. How FDR, with one of the largest Democratic majorities ever seen in the Senate, went to them to amend the Constitution so he could pack the Supreme Court with liberal justices. The Senate, even with an unassailable Democrat majority, refused to be a rubber stamp. The Senate stood.

Which is not to say that it was a Golden Age before 2000 (even though the FDR rejection was a good one for the nation, many of the Democratic Senators who voted against it did not do so entirely for the Constitution. They were, sadly, more concerned about a liberal Supreme Court making judgements that would affect the racist policies of the Southern states), but the current Senate has to be a contender for one of the worst in the body’s history. Authorising torture, suspending habeus corpus, failing to increase the minimum wage (now the lowest it has been, inflation-wise, since 1955), eliminating the federal spending watchdog for Iraq, pretending that global warming doesn’t exist, authorising warrantless wiretaps, and wasting time on pointless amendments about flag burning and gay marriage. And more. The Executive has ridden rough-shod over Congress for the past few years, going as far to scribble their own interpretation of laws in crayon over passed bills. It’s time for it to stop.

And so here we are, hoping for a Democratic wave that probably won’t quite materialise. The House of Representatives is surely going to fall into their hands tonight, but it’s the Senate that holds the keys to reining in the Administration. I don’t think they can do it, not the six seats that they need.

Especially when this is happening.

Seething here. Will be back later for the play-by-play a little later.

currently playing: Johnny Boy – You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes And You Get What You Deserve

Vo-te G-O-P!

The latest tactic from an increasingly desperate GOP. The Robo-Call is an automated phone call, which initially purports to be from the Democratic candidate in the local race. If the receiver of the call hangs up, the robo-call dials again. And again. This continues until the receiver listens to the complete call (which normally goes on to spout vaguely-libellious vitriol against the Democrat). Classy.

Tomorrow, tomorrow…

currently playing: Johnny Boy – You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes And You Get What You Deserve

But Does Anybody Else Have 17 Reasons Why?

Oooh, somewhere, a Flossie fumes…

currently playing: Neko Case – The Needle Has Landed

Still Using Magnets, Though!

BRIO trains re-imagined as the information superhighway. It can only end in tears.

currently playing: The New Pornographers – All for Swinging Around You

Welcome To Catch-22

Because Khan "was detained by CIA in this program, he may have come into possession of information, including locations of detention, conditions of detention, and alternative interrogation techniques that is classified at the TOP SECRET//SCI level"

The sad thing is that, no matter what happens on Tuesday, this will still continue for the next few years…

currently playing: Girls Aloud – See the Day

And Now, An Interlude.

Before the politics overwhelms the blog for the next couple of days, I’ve posted a brief tutorial on fun ink-jet transfers over at my Flickr page. Inky fingers ahoy!

currently playing: Luke Haines – Off My Rocker At The Art School Bop (Album Version)

Family's Home!

Hurrah!

Of course, now I can’t listen to my whiny women music collection…

currently playing: Johnny Boy – 15 Minutes

Yeah, Well, If You Were Like This Two Years Ago, Perhaps…

"If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq and not the president who got us stuck there, they're crazy. This is the classic G.O.P. playbook. I'm sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did.

I'm not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq . It disgusts me that these Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country lie and distort so blatantly and carelessly about those who have.

The people who owe our troops an apology are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney who misled America into war and have given us a Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it. These Republicans are afraid to debate veterans who live and breathe the concerns of our troops, not the empty slogans of an Administration that sent our brave troops to war without body armor.

Bottom line, these Republicans want to debate straw men because they're afraid to debate real men. And this time it won't work because we're going to stay in their face with the truth and deny them even a sliver of light for their distortions. No Democrat will be bullied by an administration that has a cut and run policy in Afghanistan and a stand still and lose strategy in Iraq .

That’ll be John Kerry.

The elections are one week from today. Exciting, I know.

currently playing: Goldfrapp – Koko

Amazingly, Staggeringly, And Yet Somewhat Unsurprisingly…

Luke Haines Still Hates You.

(and, out of interest, has Q been subjected to a fiendish time-loop device? Surely it’s ten years since it’s been even fathomable for Oasis to even be nominated?)

currently playing: Find out in about a week’s time. Somewhere else.