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Obama: Buffalo Blog Reax

5 Nov

The BuffaloBloodDonor:

The relative closeness of the popular vote indicates that this country still has a lot of healing to do. As much as I would like to believe that we are the United States – and not Red and Blue states – much needs to be done to heal the wounds of the past eight years.

Let the healing begin.

Tao of Paul:

To be honest, when I woke up this morning feeling a whole lot better about the future of my children.
But today I will be very interested to see the reaction not only on Wall Street, but the world markets as well.
I want to see how world leaders phrase the usual congratulatory remarks. Because in my opinion, we just gained a bit more credibility.

Buffalo Roots:

Now, Obama may not be the perfect president nor will I or anyone agree with everything he does; he is a human being, after all. But this country will be back on the right track when he is inaugurated, and I can’t wait.

Neither can Val, my Chicago born and initially bred wife, who wept tears of joy in my arms last night as we heard the continued good news at Erie County Democratic Headquarters.

Outrages & Insights:

My college-age daughter reminded me last night of a conversation I had with her one day long ago when we were waiting for the school bus — when she was in kindergarten. Bill Clinton had been elected president the night before and I told her it was an historic day in America.

I told her last night that this election was a whole lot more historic.

It’s not just because the nation elected its first black president. But because a whole lot of people like her and her brother look at the world differently, and what that means to the country as we move forward. Finally.

I was going to end this post with a Bob Dylan video — The Times They Are a Changing — but I think this one is more appropriate.

The kids are, indeed, all right.

IndaBuff:

This is something I have thought about as well…the build up for Obama has been tremendous…his campaign team put together one hell of a strategy to win…but now what? Will the transformative nature of the messages of ”Change” and “Yes we can” translate into a successful presidency that positively transforms the nation? For as much as I have critcized BO, I can’t help but hope it does.

Block Club Online:

A true leader makes his or her constituents FEEL better about themselves and their own strengths, whereas a leader looking for power simply tells us what he or she thinks you need to hear. Both candidates dabbled in each of these tactics; they are American politicians, after all. But one did a far more convincing job of making me, a registered voter, FEEL that my vote was going to go toward something monumental and bigger than myself. Bigger than the guy eventually elected, even.

It’s Marketing: 101, and it’s salesmanship disguised as politicking, but it’s big either way.

Buffalog:

Unlike many conservatives, I’m a non-believer, but, to quote that famous atheist Ayn Rand, “God help us.” They’re the only three words in the English tongue that fit on a night like this.


All Things Jennifer
:

What a fantastic, exciting election this has been.

Clarence Grad:

I feel great hope for this country as 2008 closes out and we prepare to inaugurate Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. The future looks bright indeed!

Byzantium Shores:

I couldn’t possibly blockquote any one passage from what appears to be a complete brain dump by Kelly. Could I?

But Obama did something that hasn’t happened for this habitual Democrat in a long, long time: he inspired me. Obama made me feel as though something might be in the offing, something more than the typical jockeying for political advantage in Washington. Obama made me feel as though someone was running for President with an eye to doing big things again, a President who was running as a progressive, an actual (if not wild-eyed) liberal as opposed to running as a not-Republican. Most of all, Barack Obama made me feel as though we’d finally managed to break free of a seemingly endless cycle of elections in which we always seem to be saying, “A country of more than 250 million people and these are the candidates we got?”

Glad he’s back.

Brisket for Chucklehead
:

I hope that as Americans we will all support our new president when he is right, and hold his feet to the fire when he is left, errm wrong. I meant wrong. I hope that the right will refuse to sink to the childish level of the BusHitlerHalliburtonMcChimpy faction of the left. I hope that we will all remain focused on the issues that face us and the enormous tasks at hand.

I hope that President-Elect Obama keeps close to his heart the notion that we are a free people that consent to be governed, not a collection of rabble to mothered, smothered and dictated to.

Jim Ostrowski:

We gave the big government Republicans a monopoly on power and we got wars, pork and deficits.

Now the Dems have a monopoly on power, and, if they do what they say they intend to do, they will screw up as well.

Rus Thompson:

The Country has taken a Left Turn

Welcome to Liberal Paradise

We now have a Liberal Democrat controlled Presidency.
We now have a Liberal Democrat controlled Senate.
We now have a Liberal Democrat controlled House of Representatives.

Just think, soon enough the country will start looking like New York, California, Massachusetts, Illinois, etc……High taxes, high crime rates, high everything including excessive pensions for civil service employees and union control. And just think when Obama takes over your union vote will have to be taken in the open where everyone will know exactly where you stand on the unions. What joy…


Mike in WNY
:

It is now up to Obama to prove me wrong – I’m not holding my breath. There has been virtually nothing that has come out of his mouth that makes me think he will make America a better place. I fear that he will prolong the recession, much like FDR’s New Deal prolonged the Great Depression by 7 years.

From the Left simply quotes some of Obama’s victory speech.

The Humanist:

Democrats around the nation owe a huge debt of gratitude and respect towards the DNC chairman, Gov. Howard Dean. His 50-state strategy, which was ridiculed when he assumed office three years ago, has paid off beautifully.

Last, but not least, the Buffalo Bean didn’t post any reaction to his blog about Obama’s win, but there is this:

From last night’s liveblog:

From Facebook:

Some Videos From Election Day

5 Nov

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

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Barack Obama’s victory speech last night:

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Ralph Nader being a complete asshole:

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

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UPDATE:

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.

Is Today Day One, Too?

5 Nov

Barack Obama is the President-elect. This is not only obviously historic, but Obama’s election, paired with the Democratic gains in the House and Senate serve as a repudiation of Bushism and what the Republican Party has become. Americans are a pretty middle-of-the-road bunch, and Obama ran not only an incredibly disciplined and innovative race, but a centrist race. He paired a strong platform with inspiration. The Republican Party, now due for some soul-searching and change of its own, will have to decide whether it moves back to the center in order to regain those independent voters who flocked pretty solidly to Obama, or whether it will embrace the Palin wing of the party, becoming more divisive, incurious, and Christianist. I think success lies in the former, and disaster looms in the latter.

NY-26: Chris Lee
I wish Lee well and hope he proves me wrong, but I have a feeling that Lee’s representation of the 26th District – which I fully expect to be a temp job – will make us pine for the days of Tom Reynolds’ steady leadership and limitless constituent accessibility. Lee’s platform was about as light on details and facts as any that was out there, and to this day I still think that Powers was the only primary candidate who could have given Lee a big scare last night. It was not for nothing that Domagalski held a press conference during the Democratic primary to smear Jon Powers – the Republicans were petrified of him. He was a former Republican Iraq War vet. You couldn’t smear him with anything more than War Kids – which paled in comparison to what Lee did when he was employed by Ingram Micro. Kryzan, I fear, was more of an almost stereotypical liberal who easy pickins for a well-funded, charismatic Republican businessman. The 26th is not just a Republican district, but even among the Democrats, it’s a pretty conservative district. Kryzan had a much steeper hill to climb once she won that primary than Powers would have. Powers appealed to that conservatism more than Kryzan did, and he had a better army of supporters on the ground throughout the district. Unfortunately, Powers ran a poor primary campaign, and made some very bad choices and tactical errors. There is one additional reason why the Democrats lost NY-26 this year, and that is the execrable Jack Davis, whose name should never stain my lips again.

SD-58: Bill Stachowski
The New York State Senate has flipped to the Democrats, so Stachowski will now be the Chairman of the Finance Committee. Let’s hope he starts making some noise in Albany that brings about positive change for New York in general, and WNY in particular. He won this one – but it was close.

SD-59: Dale Volker
Ugh. Dale Volker didn’t run a campaign, he waged a war of personal destruction so vicious and so nasty that he truly doesn’t deserve another penny of public money. Kathy Konst, who has an actual and genuine record of independence and reform, didn’t run an aggressive enough campaign against Volker, and she was woefully underfunded. Volker now is in a similar position to Reynolds in 2006 – clout faded, reputation damaged, I hope the Democrats go after him again next time around, and start building the money and organization they need to do that immediately. Volker’s viciousness will have a chilling effect on people getting involved in politics for quite some time, I’m afraid.

SD-61: Mike Ranzenhofer
Mike Ranzenhofer has a negligible record in his 20 years in the County Legislature, and now we’ve given him a promotion and a better pension? This is bizarro world meritocracy. Ultimately, I think Mesi ran as good a race as he possibly could have. It was aggressive, hitting Ranzenhofer on all the right issues. I think Mesi was unpolished in debates and public speaking, as one might expect from a first-timer running against a 20-year veteran legislator and lawyer. I think Mesi definitely has a future in politics, and he will improve over time.

Responsible New York
Golisano and Pigeon spent how many millions of dollars, and sent how many pieces of lit, and funded how many radio and TV ads during the primaries? Yet during the general election, RNY was comparatively absent and silent. It acted as a well-funded, more moderate Primary Challenge, but to a degree abdicated its mission during the all-important general election. I don’t get what they were thinking in October.

Robo-Calls
I hope and pray that the robo-calls that went out Sunday and Monday throughout WNY are investigated. None of them had a “paid for by” statement at the end of them, and they were offensive to the nth degree. I got anti-Mesi robo-calls on Sunday, and received an anti-Ranzenhofer robo-call on Monday. Whoever arranged for either of them should be exposed.

Negative Campaigns: The shitstain awards go to:

1. The DCCC: You know, if you’re going to run ads in the district, consult with some people in the district before you produce them. You ran shitty-ass ads for Higgins 4 years ago against Naples, and you ran shitty-ass ads for Kryzan this year. They were relentless, repetitive, unpersuasive, and seemed to me to be written by some cool Washington kids who never set foot in WNY and didn’t really know what our concerns are.

2. Dale Volker: Nothing says “fuck you, voters” like what Volker did to DiPietro in September and Kathy Konst in October. What it underscored is that Volker has an absolutely empty record to run on in his almost 4 decades in Albany, and he feels a sense of entitlement to that seat.

3. Chris Lee campaign: Just a Republican version of the horrific DCCC ads, only done by Lee, for Lee, ostensibly by someone locally. Yes, he won, but the ads were just atrocious.

4. Anybody running anonymous hit pieces: Dishonorable mention to anyone and everyone who does robo-calls, lit drops, or any other sort of campaigning without disclosing who’s paying for it.

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)