Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Did you play the Election Night Drinking Game?

If I'd remembered to post this yesterday as intended, the title would have been just "Election Night Drinking Game." Poets and Writers Picnic blog got Langston Hughes. You get this.

Here are the rules. Drink or dig into the Halloween candy every time the following happen, unless another frequency is otherwise noted.

  1. A red state goes blue, or vice versa (Potential targets for the former: Ohio, Virginia, Florida, Nevada, Colorado, North Carolina, New Mexico, Indiana. Potential targets for the latter: Pennsylvania, New Hampshire.)
  2. A pundit says something he or she actually believes, mistakenly assuming that his or her mic is off.
  3. Drink/pop a Reeses every tenth time Joe the Plumber is mentioned. Anything less could cause alcohol poisoning or a hypoglycemic event.
  4. Voter suppression reported. Do not drink or candy-binge for five minutes.
  5. Flagrant network abuse of new Election Day gadgetry.

Reflections later but the short version, in case I don't get to it, is not that different from Hughes. The deferrals came due and whatever your politics, about time too. Growing up mostly in the Deep Deep South but still a "Yankee," I remember too clearly the reality of segregation - my mind has been replaying them all day. Images now no more than historical icons were real and poisoned the souls of anyone touched by them, whether oppressed or oppressor. The back of the bus; separate restrooms, water fountains, schools - and more. Separate swimming pools, Scout Camps. No end to the separations in the name of "separate but equal." Over but not fully exorcised until now.

In closing, quoting from last night's acceptance speech, "As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours: We are not enemies but friends ... Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection."


  1. Well done Vanessa. Very thoughtful...

  2. Love the Joe The Plumber one!

    No voter suppression, but one i construed as campaigning within 100' of the polling center.

    I voted early but Kristy had to vote at the center. Before we went in there was a lady who was doing a survey. I knew what it was for but she assumed i didn't and went on to explain, "This is for the news channels, CBS, NBC, CNN....oh, and FOX News, which is really the only one that provides truthful reporting!"

    We were so pissed off we didn't partake of the survey. Just went in and did our part and left.


  3. This from the online English language edition of Der Speigel:

    "This is the fall of the Berlin Wall times 10," Rama Yade, junior minister for human rights and France's only black government member, said in a radio interview. "America is a New World again. On this morning, we all want to be American so we can take a bite of this dream unfolding before our eyes."

    and Dennis - "doing a survey" sure sounds fishy. 20/20 hindsight but too bad you did not ask her to see her credentials.

  4. Le Monde (Paris):

    The first worldwide good news since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989

  5. I believe the lady was doing the standard post vote exit poll. Her box showed all of the icons for the major TV stations. We participated in the exit poll. The questions were quite benign...really no reason to get upset when someone presents their opinion on something.

  6. True BUT FOR Dennis' use of the word "before." Expressing the opinion then (which somehow does not jive with "exit") ankles into electioneering territory. Illegal, no matter however benign (or benighted) the opinion may be.

    At best, she exhibited highly unprofessional behavior. Survey takers being anything less than neutral can skew or even invalidate results.


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