you bet!

November 4th, 2008 | Oddments

Here’s an interesting site. Bookies’ odds on the election results.

How’s everyone doing? I’m going out soon to vote. And buy a bottle of champagne, though I’m a little afraid that might jinx things.

32 Responses to “you bet!”

  1. NLC says:

    I just got back. I was a one-man line, but I messed up my ballot…

    (In my town –Guilford– we use fill-in-the-oval paper ballots and I managed to put the tiniest of dots in the wrong oval [Nader, in case you’re wondering…] and the electronic-reader caught spit the ballot back out. All ended well. They let me do it all over again.)

    On the way home, I passed a Ross Perot yard-sign…

  2. Dr. Empirical says:

    I spent longer waiting in line for a flu shot today than I did to vote.

  3. Aunt Soozie says:

    Buy it… just don’t open it yet…
    I have to work later today and this evening and I feel too excited to sit still!
    Don’t know how I’m gonna do it!!
    I’ll be anxious to get home and turn on the television to see what is happening!!

  4. pd says:

    For a nifty updating map to watch as the results come in, try http://scoreboard.dailykos.com/map/

    It also can show results from previous elections, senate, house, and Governor races. Set PRESIDENT, ELECTORAL mode at upper left for the vote that counts.

  5. Erica says:

    I voted this morning and waited just under an hour at my polling place in Flatbush. It was an excited line of Obama voters.

    Right now, I am volunteering on the Election Protection hotline, 1-866-OUR-VOTE. Call if you have problems voting!

  6. Pam I says:

    RE betting – maybe the 5% for McCain are all Dems, putting money down so if the unspeakable happens, at least there will be cash back. Wonder what the odds are?

    Going to be a long night, it begins at 3am in UK.

  7. Aunt Soozie says:

    I’m calling potential voters in swing states from my home since I don’t have to be in work for a few hours… the phone lists are comprised of Obama supporters so its fun! you can do it too at my barack obama dot com

  8. Jim D. says:

    Don’t do it, Alison! Is there anything else around the house that can be drunk in a celebratory fashion? (Sorry, I’m just on pins and needles today…)

  9. Mer says:

    Waited in line for an hour and a half to vote…my polling place in lower Manhattan was completely overwhelmed…same number of machines and workers as always, despite the fact that since I started voting here in the 80s, the population has increased astronomically…excited and nervous.

  10. NickelJoey says:

    Buy the champagne. I’m going to get a bottle of prosecco. We have to start allowing ourselves to hope. At least, that’s what Barack Obama inspires in me.

    Or, as the Indigo Girls sing it, “We’re better off for all that we let in.”

  11. Angry says:

    I’m a little saddened that there won’t be a DTWOF strip of this election.. I wanted to see Mo do a half drunk happy dance. :/

  12. Deborah says:

    35 minutes in line in San Francisco to vote.

    I am remembering in 1992 when the day after the election, Jez was so happy about Clinton and Moe was her usual upbeat self remarking on all the anti-queer initiatives that passed…
    I am hoping that this time around there will be less for her to be grumpy about. We are really sweating Prop 8 out here…it is going to be close, folks.

  13. Anonymous says:

    The thing to do is keep a bottle around months ahead of time, in case something good EVER happens, so that the bottle doesn’t attach itself to a particular event.

    I have a bottle someone gave me when I finished my Master’s degree, but I haven’t opened it yet because I’m still afraid the university will take it back.

    Since that was, erm, four years ago, maybe I’ll re-purpose the bottle if things go right.

  14. ksbel6 says:

    In little northeast MO, the entire process took me about 15 minutes. I was voter number 19 🙂

  15. NLC says:

    For today (Election Day) “Fresh Air” is doing a show on the treatment of migraines and other headaches.

    (Cute)

  16. another Deborah says:

    I am voluntarily going to the polls at the worst time because it is the only time my 6th grader is available to come with me. I’ve been bitter since campaigning for Clinton, who then broke my heart with DOMA and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. It’s been so nice to rediscover politics through the eyes of my son. He is very excited about Obama. I know I’ll have to wait in a longer line, but I want him to be there for history in the making.

  17. Alex the Bold says:

    I’ve had the champagne in the fridge since late October.

    On Halloween, I got laid off. My only hope of not ending up on the street in a few months is if Obama gets elected and everyone is just so gosh darned inspired that the economy starts back up.

  18. Rob McMonigal says:

    I went mid-morning, no problems for me or my fiance. We then went to the local Obama station and made calls for three hours to likely voters. It’s all up to America now.

    I really hope I’m drinking for a good reason in about 6 hours…

  19. Erica says:

    Those betting sites are typically right when it comes to predicting elections. And, as the poster pointed out above, the percentages for the underdog are usually inflated because people bet on them to get a higher payoff, whether or not they think that candidate will win.

  20. dzieger says:

    Voted a couple of hours ago; polling place wasn’t very busy, but of course most voters were at work at the time (the most insidious form of vote suppression).

    I’m in Virginia (DC suburbs), and this is the first time since I’ve lived here that the state has been likely to turn blue. We elected a democratic Governor recently, but just barely. A take a tiny bit of completely unrealistic pride in the fact that my district, the last to file its results, was the one that put Kaine over the top.

    Like most of us here, I’m quite nervous that there won’t be enough Obama votes to overcome GOP fraud and malfeasance. A republican secretary of state in Colorado purged 20% of the state’s voters from the rolls (!) There’s been no improvement in the situation in Florida. And on and on.

    I’m also waiting, frightened, for the reports of racially-motivated violence to start coming in, probably late tonight. A lot of southern states are in play, and there are a lot of people who feel that extremism in the pursuit of keeping the darkies down is no vice. I pray (or the atheistic equivalent, shouting pleas at an indifferent universe) that I’m wrong, but I’ve been saying since Obama got the nomination that there will be blood on the ground before the end of the night.

    On a happier subject: Add my voice to those dying to see a little DTWOF reaction to the election. I’m sure a full strip is more effort than you can spare, but maybe a single-panel? Don’t ink it, just add it to your sketch diary.

    Pleeeese?

    Now I think I’ll go take a bunch of klonipin and see if I can get through the evening without having a nervous breakdown…

  21. Anna B, UK says:

    Adding my voice to the pleas for a sketch of the DtWoF reaction. (If things are OK. If the worst happens we’ll just turn back to 2000 or 2004 strips. *wince*)

    My first introduction to US politics was reading DtWoF cartoons. When 11 September happened, it wasn’t long before I was waiting for the DtWoF strip that would follow, because they represent the healthy side of America to me. The Dykes just have to be around for Obama! They’ve had a hard time over the past few years, and I want to see them smile.

    So good luck, America… It’ll be 5am here by the time the election results roll in, but oh well, I don’t operate heavy machinery for a living.

  22. Anonymous says:

    As long as Obama wins, I might get through this. As a Californian, I have to say, Prop 8 makes the day sadder, and nerve racking. Voting to take away an existing right is crazy, but the proponents are already proven to be off their kilter. If you are the praying types, pray for California today. If you are a Californian, convince someone else to vote against 8. Please, for those of us who are enjoying being married.

  23. Alex K says:

    @Alex the Bold – I’m sorry. I hope that you didn’t like the job and that benefits are good where you live (in case being hired elsewhere is not a doddle).

    Oh, my, I’m tense. It’s Proposition 8 that’s doing it. Not that I wouldn’t enjoy (re-)marrying in Connecticut, but… the idea of millions of people happily voting to take away rights from a (relatively) small number of other people saddens me.

  24. Anonymous says:

    I feel like Clarice during the 2000 fiasco, completely zombied out on every news station in every medium. I’m optimistic, sure, and I know we wont get any news beyond “Well I’m at this polling place in this flyover country battleground state and… yeah” till the polls close, but this election made me a hopeless addict.

  25. Dr. Empirical says:

    It’ll be vodka martinis here at Dr. E’s 3-D House of Dog Hair, after the dogs are all walked.

    I’m confident Obama will win, and my congresswoman seems safe, so the only vote I’m really sweating is Prop 8. It could be a late night for me here on the east coast.

  26. Suz says:

    No lines to vote in Park Slope this afternoon.

    I’m worried.

  27. Suz says:

    Meanwhile, more election betting: http://www.electionbetting.com/

  28. freyakat says:

    Here on the Upper West Side (Manhattan) I waited in line for almost an hour to vote at 7:15 in the morning, which is before I usually need to wake up. I’ve been so nervous for the past few days that sleeping is almost a moot point.

    Dr. Empirical, I hope your confidence in Obama winning proves accurate. I lost confidence back when Reagan was elected for his second term.

    Here’s to hope!

  29. pd says:

    In my small town, the checklist people expanded the usual two tables (by first letter of last name) to six tables. Clearly ready for a mob. But at 11:30 there was no waiting.

  30. Floripedes in Toulouse says:

    I’ve always keep a bottle of champagne at home, but I’m sure hoping on poping one out for Obama ! 🙂

  31. Floripedes in Toulouse says:

    … sorry for the horrorgraph…

  32. Dr. Empirical says:

    No matter what happens, come January, George the Butcher will be History.

    A very embarrassing piece of history, true, but history nonetheless.