This cheery bit by CNN asked people to say something nice about the candidate they’re not supporting. Here’s mine: John McCain served our country honorably. I can’t imagine being locked up in a POW camp for five and a half years. I appreciate what he tried to do with campaign finance reform. I like that he believes in global warming. I think he really would try to reduce lobbyist influence. Sadly, before this campaign this list would have been a lot longer…
Here’s my list of things I want to happen on Election Night, in order of importance:
– Obama is elected, preferably by a fairly wide margin to avoid shenanigans.
– Prop 8 in California (the one banning gay marriage) fails – the polls show it will be a tight race and I’d like to stay up until it’s called. Prop 8 passing would be a huge huge setback for the gay rights movement.
– Democrats get to 58 senate seats (60 is required to stop a filibuster but 58 is probably close enough for most issues) – seems pretty likely.
– Larry Joe Doherty wins our congressional district (TX-10) – seems fairly unlikely now.
– Rick Noriega wins the TX senate race – seems pretty unlikely now.
I’ll post my predictions on Monday. In the meantime there’s this neat Google electoral map to play with.
Looks like abstinence-only education is losing support. (I wrote about abstinence-only education pissing me off a while back)
“Spreading the wealth” as an attack on Obama doesn’t seem to be catching on. I would add that raising the tax rate on income above $250,000 from 35% to 39.6% is not “socialism”. If you’re against higher taxes on those making more than $250K a year, fine, but is it too much to ask to have a reasonable discussion about it? (yes is it, mostly) I also read an editorial (well, OK, the first few sentences of an editorial) in the paper this morning about how raising taxes lowers the incentive of entrepreneurs to make more money. I see how this is true in the abstract sense, but who says “well, I was going to make millions but it’s not worth it if I might have to pay slightly more of that extra money in taxes! I’ll just keep watching football or whatever.”?
We drove by the early voting place at Randall’s (183 and Braker) and the place was packed – the line to vote was well out the door. Burnt Orange Report has been tracking the early voting stats – here’s their latest.