The Talking Dog

November 3, 2008, Crunch time

And so, the Greatest Election Ever (TM) is around 36 hours or so from completion, and at least according to our friends at, a McCain surge is under say (he appears to have doubled his chances for winning over the weekend, from around 3% to 6%)... as the late Tim Russert posited in 2000 that it was "Florida, Florida, Florida" and as John Kerry moved to Ohio in 2004, in 2008, it might be "the commonwealths," Virginia and Pennsylvania (in our two other commonwealth/states, Mass. is in the bag for Obama and Kentucky for McCain). He who wins both wins the election; simple as that.

Well, well. After a disappointing finish in yesterday's ING NYC Marathon of over 5 3/4 hours [weather again a factor, this time confounding me with the cold, leading to a wardrobe malfunction!], thus effectively slowing down in all four of this fall's marathons as I get inexorably older, but at least bringing the NYC count up to 8 in a row and overall marathons at 22 (in 11 states)... And so... today, it's off to work I go, and then...

Off to suburban Philadelphia tomorrow, for my place manning the Barackades as an election monitor, where I'll be stationed from dawn to way past dusk. The things I do for my college classmate Barack... Anyway, if you haven't voted yet... get out there and vote... FOR BARACK.

That is all.

Update: Our friends at fivethrityeight revised their estimates, back to McCain under 4%, based on the polling data. Well... these things happen in The Greatest Election Ever (TM)!


"Wardrobe malfunction?" That would make you the Janet Jackson of the Marathon set.

Posted by Quipster at November 3, 2008 4:56 PM

Don't forget. The Democrats could take control of your State Senate, giving New York a black governor, and for the time being, a black Senate majority leader. Couple that with an Obama win, we surely have overcome!!! Now what?

Posted by Rev. WD DuForty at November 3, 2008 5:01 PM

Only three Black men have ever served as governors in this country, and two are currently serving-- NY's Paterson, the result of Eliot Spitzer's own "black socks" scandal, and Deval Patrick from Mass., whose campaign manager was none other than David Axelrod. We in turn have only have five Black senators in our history, one (Obama) currently serving, having replaced another (Mosley Braun), and IIRC, both had some involvement with Axelrod as well... as did former Black Chicago mayor Harold Washington.

What's your point, exactly, Rev.? The fact is, these are amazing times... we're hardly a color-blind country, but as the Bush Administration continues hellbent with GTMO and torture and pissing at the rest of the planet with our global warming positions and so forth... our people have stepped up with a big f-you to those retrograde forces that gave us the Bush Admin. in the first place, by electing Black men to high office, and an extraordinary one to the highest office of all. Where we go from here...? We will see.

Some of us will (rightly) be expecting greatness. God knows we will need it.

Posted by the talking dog at November 3, 2008 9:26 PM

Thank you, TD. I now know how to frame my next fundraising drive.

Posted by Rev. WD DuForty at November 4, 2008 8:35 PM