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Tuesday
Nov042008

This Incredibly Historic Election

The American electorate had a first today.

I got a lot of questions today as a polling officer, but I'd gained immunity from most of them during the primaries, so even "Where do I vote?"  didn't throw me off.  We have pages and pages of directions, even laminated charts, directing us what to do in nearly every situation, up to and including the Rapture.  But nothing for "Voter casts ballot, then asks, 'Where can I nurse my baby?'"

Lookit, I ain't got nothin' against babies (cute!) or breasts (have two!)  But if it's not on the laminated page, all I've got for ya is a folding chair over by the Scantron and a hearty "Best of luck."

got milk at:  mbe@drinktothelasses.com

tip the bartender

COMMENTS POLICY UPDATE: I loosened the rules a little bit on non-shrieky political comments in the Tasting Room so that everybody could get it all out of their systems, but it's gotten out of control down there.  The non-shriekiness is back with a vengeance, so if you want to cry, gloat, attack, or in general act like small children squabbling over the last Junior Mint, please go to the comments section of any other blog on the internet.

Now play nice.

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Reader Comments (8)

At the risk of being too political here, this was not the way I wanted the election to turn out.

However, we are not the greatest nation in the world because we win elections, but because we have them.

Congratulations to President-Elect Obama, and good luck.

November 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterINCITEmarsh

So what ARE you instructed to do in case of the Rapture?

November 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstarnarcosis

My polling place takes voters from two districts, so an election worker guy asked people "what district are you voting in?" when they came in. One voter answered, "I live in Churchville!"

I hope the election worker guy's card included directions on how to gently correct stupid people.

November 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLady

Congratulations on your new President-Elect guys.

I personally think it was the best choice. And I guess I'm not alone in that judgment.

November 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

Easy for you to say, Red Pill Junkie. You don't live here and don't have to deal with the crippling socialist policies Obama will impose.

Human lives will be lost because of Barack Obama, either due to emboldened terrorists, increased infanticide from permitting partial-birth abortions, a gutted military, or foreign duplicity that this untested man can't handle.

But hey, at least he's *popular*. That's what's important, right?

So, thanks but no thanks on the congratulations.

November 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

I voted for Obama in the primaries just because I'd prefer him as President to Hillary Clinton.

Well, McCain was a crappy candidate anyway, even though I respect his service. If the Republicans were dumb enough to nominate a candidate so far from their core platform, they deserved to lose.

November 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdr. dogah

Well Hannah, all I can say is that it will be your right & duty to keep reminding Obama that He has to be your President as well; and that he has to work hard to earn your trust, and the trust of the many others who supported McCain.

I really hope he's up for the **HUGE** task ahead of him. But he won't be able to do it alone.

November 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

My polling place is the large recreational center/"clubhouse" of my subdivision. A while back, only People Of A Certain Age could live there, so I'm still pretty much the youngest person every time I vote there. In other words, no nursing required. The nice part is that there never seems to be a line.

And I totally misread "Scantron" as "Scranton," and then I reread it, and flashed back to a world of #2 pencils. Life was simpler then.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie
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