Some Videos From Election Day

5 Nov

Firstly, McCain’s concession speech, which I thought was beyond gracious and literally quite moving.


Barack Obama’s victory speech last night:


Ralph Nader being a complete asshole:


Finally, CNN’s newest and greatest television innovation. Ladies and Gentlemen, the hologram.



My predictions for election day are holding up quite well. I didn’t think Obama could get Indiana, so I was wrong about that. But every other state is turning out to be dead-on, given that Missouri is trending McCain and North Carolina is trending Obama. But note that the AP has not yet called Georgia for McCain. My understanding is that there are a lot of early votes out there that haven’t been accounted for, and that race may not yet be over.

By contrast, Buffalo Bean’s predictions didn’t quite match up. He had OH, PA, VA, NV, and IN going McCain. It appears that Rus Thompson followed the same line of reasoning.

Buffalo Geek was closer – he gives GA and MT to Obama, and thought OH would go McCain based on polling internals. He, like all of us, was wrong about IN.

18 Responses to “Some Videos From Election Day”

  1. Ward November 5, 2008 at 3:19 pm #

    Wow — and Wolf Blitzer looked so lifelike.

    Re McCain’s speech–to paraphrase someone else–for the first time in the campaign I felt proud for having voted for him.

  2. Byron November 5, 2008 at 3:44 pm #

    Alan is being pretty polite about Buffalo Bean’s “prediction” of a reprise of 2004, especially considering that BB added this: “Buffalo Pundit and Buffalo Geek offer their predictions. I think predicting an Obama victory is one thing . . . but I think they’re both being quite over confident [sic] about Obama’s chances for a landslide.

    Or not.

  3. The Humanist November 5, 2008 at 4:20 pm #

    I’m glad McCain delivered such a gracious, respectful, honorable concession speech.

    It stands in stark contrast to the absolutely graceless, disrespectful, dishonorable campaign he ran.

  4. Andrew Kulyk November 5, 2008 at 4:27 pm #

    Did RN really say “Uncle Tom”??? I’m hoping Uncle Splett can chime in with his take!

  5. The Humanist November 5, 2008 at 4:37 pm #

    St. Ralph can do no wrong in the eyes of his acolytes. Even when he goes on Fox News and insults the President-elect of the United States. But that stands to reason….they loved him when he torpedoed Gore in 2000 and helped pave the way for the Bush years, they loved him when he turned his back on the Green party, they loved him when he refused to offer any serious contribution to a legitimate third party in the U.S., they loved him when he took Republican money to get on state ballot in 2004….

    And they called Obama fans “cultists”!

  6. STEEL November 5, 2008 at 4:44 pm #

    I thought the booing during McCain’s speech was disrespectful to both McCain and our future president. Of course that is the type of crowd McCain was wooing.

  7. mike November 5, 2008 at 4:58 pm #

    fellow nutcases, Nader asked a simple question will barry be an Uncle Sam or an Uncle Tom when it comes to corporate welfare. He always called bush a company with a suit on, so whats the difference except he’s giving barry a chance.

  8. mike hudson November 5, 2008 at 6:07 pm #


    Obama Win Causes Obsessive Supporters To Realize How Empty Their Lives Are

    it’s fuckin great. alan is too much of an asshole to post it though.

  9. Jon Splett November 5, 2008 at 6:11 pm #

    Actually, I didn’t love him when he turned his back on the Green party but Cynthia McKinney is a 9/11 conspiracy nut so I ended up sticking with him this election but I digress…

    Nader didn’t call him an Uncle Tom, he said he has the potential to be one to the coporate interest and he’s got plenty of evidence for it. His health plan keeps insurance companies in charge because hes too much of a pussy to take them on, he bailed out the banks with 700 billion dollars and despite what the right wants to believe, he’s not about to redistribute any wealth to fight the growing poverty epidemic in this country.

    Besides all that, the fact that FOX fucking News, the people who gave us the story about Barak attending terrorist training schools, is about to call Nader out for that is a fucking joke. The ‘how can he say that on election night!?’ quip was especially great because Ralph has been using the ‘Uncle Sam, Uncle Tom’ line since I saw him speak in Black Rock and that was when Hillary was still in the race. If FOX or any other network had bothered to read a campaign release or god forbid, give him some news coverage, they could have ‘broken’ that story long ago.

    Oh and in 2000, more democrats jumped ship to vote Bush in Florida than did to vote Nader so you can save that scapegoating bullshit Humanist. The democrats have a long history of fucking over their leftist base and maybe if they lived up to the core beliefs they say they do, we wouldn’t need Ralph. You shift your party to the left and address our concerns and we’ll vote for you, until then, us Nader voters don’t owe you a fucking thing.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go vomit over the Obama lovefest currently jamming up my Facebook news feed.

    ‘Honor and Dignity’ is to the 2000 election what ‘Hope and Change’ is to 2008.

  10. rastamick61 November 5, 2008 at 7:39 pm #

    Hudson maybe you can get Golisano to pay someone and they’ll post it for you or just post it on your own site why don’t you ?

  11. mike hudson November 5, 2008 at 8:01 pm #

    my site is not dedicated to sillyass political shit, rastamick, which is the stupidest “handle” i’ve ever heard.

    “Uh, Breaker One-Nine, this here’s the Rubber Duck
    You got a copy on me Pig-Pen? C’mon…”

    as it happens, i’ll be seeing mr. golisano at the marinaccio-grant fight on the 19th, and will most definitely ask him where all the money is he’s supposed to be paying me!

    i fuckin hate bad winners.

  12. WNYPMH November 5, 2008 at 8:25 pm #

    You fucking hate everyone and everything Hudson. I believe you were the one who taunted us all the way with the…. Powers was a loser, Obama will also go down in flames, crap. You’re the loser, Hudson. A miserable loser. Maybe that can finish your trilogy….”Diary of an Unhappy Loser”.

    Splatt, the reason no one gave Nader any time is because he said stuff like that. The guy is a nut job. If he used the “Uncle Sam, Uncle Tom” line earlier in the campaign it is absolutely no wonder no one showed to cover him or to print his stuff. It was in disgustingly poor taste. And the fact that he is your guy confirms everything I have ever thought about you.

  13. Jon Splett November 5, 2008 at 8:46 pm #

    Here’s a list of non-profits Ralph Nader has started (I cut and paste it off wikipedia so it could be incomplete):

    * Citizen Advocacy Center
    * Citizens Utility Boards
    * Congress Accountability Project
    * Consumer Task Force For Automotive Issues
    * Corporate Accountability Research Project
    * Disability Rights Center
    * Equal Justice Foundation
    * Foundation for Taxpayers and Consumer Rights
    * Georgia Legal Watch
    * National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
    * National Coalition for Universities in the Public Interest
    * Pension Rights Center
    * PROD (truck safety)
    * Retired Professionals Action Group
    * The Shafeek Nader Trust for the Community Interest
    * 1969: Center for the Study of Responsive Law
    * 1970s: Public Interest Research Groups
    * 1970: Center for Auto Safety
    * 1970: Connecticut Citizen Action Group
    * 1971: Aviation Consumer Action Project
    * 1972: Clean Water Action Project

    * 1972: Center for Women’s Policy Studies
    * 1973: Capitol Hill News Service
    * 1980: Multinational Monitor (magazine covering multinational corporations)
    * 1982: Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
    * 1982: Essential Information (encourage citizen activism and do investigative journalism)
    * 1983: Telecommunications Research and Action Center
    * 1983: National Coalition for Universities in the Public Interest
    * 1989: Princeton Project 55 (alumni public service)
    * 1993: Appleseed Foundation (local change)
    * 1994: Resource Consumption Alliance (conserve trees)
    * 1995: Center for Insurance Research
    * 1995: Consumer Project on Technology
    * 1997?: Government Purchasing Project (encourage purchase of safe products)
    * 1998: Center for Justice and Democracy
    * 1998: Organization for Competitive Markets
    * 1998: American Antitrust Institute (ensure fair competition)
    * 1999?: Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest
    * 1999?: Commercial Alert (protect family, community, and democracy from corporations)
    * 2000: Congressional Accountability Project (fight corruption in Congress)
    * 2001: Citizen Works (promote NGO cooperation, build grassroots support, and start new groups)
    * 2001: Democracy Rising (hold rallies to educate and empower citizens)

    What a shitty resume. Why take a guy like that seriously? I mean, he didn’t even serve in the military. He must hate America. <—- for anyone interested in putting their money where their mouth is on that whole ‘change’ thing.

  14. Pauldub November 5, 2008 at 8:49 pm #

    I love the way people respond around here.
    Nader said Uncle Tom
    “Oh yeah, well your candidate did this”
    Oh yeah?
    What is this, political discourse for pre-k?

  15. Pauldub November 5, 2008 at 9:07 pm #

    I prefer:
    Refute, deny, justify on merit, or just say “so what. Bite me.”

  16. mike hudson November 5, 2008 at 9:17 pm #

    “You fucking hate everyone and everything Hudson.”

    not quite true. i love the smell of napalm in the morning, for example.

  17. Jim Allen November 5, 2008 at 10:06 pm #

    Although I didn’t vote for him, I thought President-elect Obama’s acceptance speak was phenomenal. I don’t think any rational person could have listened to his speech and not felt extremely proud to be an American. As he says toward the end of his speech…”out of many, one”…we cannot afford to forget that. Let’s hope that he can help us get over the diviseness that has held our nation back over the past several years. I congratulate him and wish him well.

  18. WNYPMH November 5, 2008 at 10:52 pm #

    He said all the right things. I hope that turns into all the right actions. I am confident, but I understand the concern of the right. They just look back at 2000 when George Bush said all the right things and promptly ignored them right after he said “so help me God”…

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