It All Comes Down To This. Today, Vote.

4 Nov

Today is Election Day. This Presidential campaign has lasted for just under two years, and I will be grateful when it’s over.

I hope you join us here at WNYMedia.net starting at 9pm as we discuss the election returns from the Democratic and Republican victory parties in the Buffalo area. It will appear on this page.

As much as I complain and cajole, promote and defend, attack and critique, I am grateful that the people who ran, ran. The idea that you have a choice in an election is one that we have guarded closely for over 200 years, but is one that many people throughout the world do not have. Running a campaign is hard, but also extremely rewarding. I wish the candidates well, win or lose.

As for the Presidential campaign, voting is already done in Dixville Notch and Hart’s Location, NH. Obama defeated McCain 15-6 in Dixville Notch, and the spread was 17 – 10 for Obama in Hart’s Location, where Ron Paul received a single write-in vote.

I firmly believe that George W. Bush has been among the worst – if not the absolute worst – President the U.S. has ever suffered. I cannot think of a better reason to vote for the Democratic candidate offering fundamental change for the country’s economy, foreign policy, and health care policy. Today is the day that change begins. Consider how energized the Democrats are this year. This photograph was emailed to me last night:

That is a photograph of 100 people last night at 52 Broadway in New York City waiting in line to phonebank for Obama into battleground states. They were waiting because there were already 1,000 people phonebanking on their personal cellphones. Barack Obama has done what Presidential candidates ought to do – he offers not only a platform and a speech; he also offers hope and inspiration. In a young country like ours, that was founded on hope, inspiration, and freedom – this is a good thing.

Please go vote today. Polls in New York are open from 6am – 9pm. Find out your state’s information here. If you have a problem exercising you right to vote, contact 1-877-US-4-OBAMA (1-877-874-6226).

(Photo credit: Enrico Fuente @ Flickr)

30 Responses to “It All Comes Down To This. Today, Vote.”

  1. Pauldub November 4, 2008 at 8:07 am #

    My wife and I were voters 9 & 10 at our polling place, we got there 10 minutes early. I have been number 5 when I got there 45 minutes after start time in previous years. And traffic was pretty solid as we were leaving. I think this year will have close to a record turnout.

  2. Jim Ostrowski November 4, 2008 at 8:56 am #

    George W. Bush taught us this great lesson. Even though the previous president (Clinton) was bad, the next one can be even worse.

  3. The Humanist November 4, 2008 at 10:08 am #

    @Jim – yeah because peace and prosperity suck. Whatever.

  4. lulu November 4, 2008 at 10:19 am #

    I was 145 at my polling place in North Buffalo at 8:45 am. Last time I was in the 60’s. Record voter turnout is a good thing, no matter who wins. And the weather is pretty amazing here today, I think we can all agree on that!

  5. mike hudson November 4, 2008 at 10:26 am #

    why is record voter turnout a good thing?

  6. Jamnjazzz November 4, 2008 at 10:29 am #

    I was #95 in at my polling place @ 7:45am. Glad to see that people are out voting, I decided to go early this year to beat the after work rush, glad I did.

  7. Jim Ostrowski November 4, 2008 at 10:31 am #

    Peace?

    “No-Fly Zone” War
    1991-2003

    U.S. Intervention in Somalia
    1992-1994

    Civil War & Foreign Intervention
    Various Somali Militias

    NATO Intervention in Bosnia (Operation Deliberate Force) Summary
    1994-1995

    Civil War,Foreign Intervention & Inter-State War
    Bosnian Serb Rebels

    U.S. Occupation of Haiti
    1994

    Foreign Intervention
    Haitian Government

    U.S. Embassy bombings and strikes on Afghanistan and Sudan (The bin Laden War)

    August, 1998

    Terrorist Conflict
    The embassy bombings in August, 1998 by Osama bin Laden caused hundreds of deaths in Kenya and Tanzania. The U.S. retaliated by launching Tomahawk Cruise Missiles at suspected terrorist targets in Afghanistan and Sudan.

    “Desert Fox” Campaign (part of U.S./Iraq Conflict)

    December, 1998

    Inter-State War

    Iraq

    Kosovo War

    1999

    Civil War, Foreign Intervention & Inter-State War

    Yugoslavia/Serbia

    Attack on the USS Cole
    October 12, 2000

    Terrorist Conflict

    Terrorists associated with Osama bin Laden

    http://www.historyguy.com/american_military_history.html

    The prosperity part is BS too.

  8. mike November 4, 2008 at 10:43 am #

    Hudson, record turnout is great because people will stop by mom’s for coffee and maybe some dry toast. (good for sales tax)

    Jim, you forgot to add the war at waco.

  9. Jim Ostrowski November 4, 2008 at 10:45 am #

    The best book on the Clinton years is Feeling Your Pain by Jim Bovard.

    http://www.amazon.com/Feeling-Your-Pain-Government-Clinton-Gore/dp/0312230826

  10. Jim Ostrowski November 4, 2008 at 10:52 am #

    Yeah, but that was okay because they were “religious fanatics.” Bovard has a chapter.

    Bovard can’t stand Bush either–

    http://www.amazon.com/Bush-Betrayal-James-Bovard/dp/1403968519/ref=pd_sim_b_2

    –which gets to the main point. Both parties suck and there is no law of nature that says you have to vote for either one of the jokers.

  11. hank November 4, 2008 at 11:01 am #

    @0650 I was #49 in my rural district in NC. I always get there about the same time—in 2004 I was #16. Should be a good turnout all over.

    God Save the State of NY–I’d eventually like to come home and commune with all my liberal friends.

    As for the Presidential Race—I’ll quote Juan Williams of NPR–not exactly a conservative hack

    “There’s still an awful lot we don’t know about Obama–I guess we’ll see just how liberal the country is if he wins”.

    I think he’s expecting backlash when Obamatrons begin their forced march to the left, like on the immigration issue last summer.

  12. Ward November 4, 2008 at 11:18 am #

    Polling is already very interesting in Philadelphia, where your Dem colleagues are tossing GOP appointed election inspectors out of the polling places, in direct violation of a court order. Meanwhile, PA Gov. Ed Rendell is bemoaning the scarcity of “street money” for today’s vote. (Street money is the cash used to lure certain demographics to the polls–Rendell spent $200,000 on election day in 2002.)

    In Chapaqua Hillary Clinton was inside her own polling place electioneering for Obama 5 feet from the booths–well inside the 100 foot limit.

    I love the smell of vote fraud in the morning.

  13. lifestooshort November 4, 2008 at 11:25 am #

    If one good thing can come out of today I hope that it is people leaving their apathy at home and heading out to the polls. I will be waiting until this afternoon, when I pick up my sons from school, so they can join me and see just how important it is to vote and be a part of the democratic process. And I’m looking forward to tomorrow, when I can start answering my phone without being bombarded by some machine telling how to vote…

  14. Dave A. November 4, 2008 at 12:54 pm #

    Hudson,

    Record turnout is good because it means a record number of people are involved and interested, and executing their civic duty to participate in the system.

    By the way, good piece on your vote in the Reporter today.

  15. mike November 4, 2008 at 1:31 pm #

    Hank you forgot to add he is a muslum.

  16. STEEL November 4, 2008 at 2:08 pm #

    and he is a space alien. Muslim space alien is a very bad combination.

  17. Jon Splett November 4, 2008 at 2:32 pm #

    I’m about to go cast my token vote and pretend like I think our democracy isn’t woefully broken now.

    False sense of achievement here I come!

  18. buffalomom November 4, 2008 at 2:37 pm #

    Del-26 with NO real races.

    I was #229 at 10am. I’m usually #30 around 6pm and that is with real races.

    It’s a glorious day for a change.

    Can I get an AMEN?

  19. Ward November 4, 2008 at 3:20 pm #

    Try this AMEN, buffalomom:

    Black Panthers with nightsticks prevent Republican poll watcher from entering the building in Philly:

    Change YOU can believe in, maybe.

  20. Byron November 4, 2008 at 3:21 pm #

    LOL at Ward. It’s like having Fox News right inside this website. Good stuff.

  21. mike November 4, 2008 at 3:23 pm #

    ward, if they said they were republican pole washers they would of had no problem.

  22. Ben McD November 4, 2008 at 3:55 pm #

    What if Obama loses?

  23. mike November 4, 2008 at 4:26 pm #

    riots like when the Bills won the super bowl!! of wait i dreamed that

  24. Chris M November 4, 2008 at 4:29 pm #

    It must be tough to vote Democrat in a liberal state like NY. You *know* Obama will win the state. And in places like Buffalo, you’ve already succeeded in creating the shangrila he’ll impose on the rest of the nation.

    Plus, if Obama wins, there’ll no longer be any reason for those droves of people to keep moving into NY to share in the paradise. They have been moving in, haven’t they?

  25. WNYPMH November 4, 2008 at 5:24 pm #

    Splatt….you should move to Canada.

  26. Jon Splett November 4, 2008 at 5:57 pm #

    No thanks. Harper scares me.

  27. Know it all November 4, 2008 at 10:59 pm #

    Aren’t there enough outlets for the Republics to blather on? Pundit would you please delete or block them from commenting?

  28. mike November 4, 2008 at 11:02 pm #

    hudson ernie lost, i guess you can cry about that for a few years

  29. Ward November 4, 2008 at 11:30 pm #

    Hudson Ernie? Do you mean Ernie Hudson — Winston Zeddmore from Ghostbusters?

  30. WNYPMH November 5, 2008 at 10:20 am #

    So, Splatt just isn’t happy wherever he is.

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