Looks like I was right to be freaking in my previous post. I'm reading that the networks are calling this for Bush (can't stand to watch'em). The only explanations I can fathom are: The Christ-squad came out in force to defend their False Jesus;
Juan Cole has a recap on where the race actually stands as of the wee hours Wednesday morning. If offers some hope but not much.
UPDATE, Wednesday: So, I see Kerry has conceded. Ouch.
UPDATE 2: I had an epithet directed at young voters that has been deleted. According to Joshua Marshall, "Young voters showed up at a far higher level than they did four years ago. But everyone else did too. And so the proportion of the electorate made up by the youth vote did not increase. At least not dramatically..." I've heard one reason for the Bush victory was people don't want to change leaders mid-War. To some extent this is an indictment of Kerry's failure to offer an alternative. But we know he would have lost on a peace initiative. I think what it comes down to is the majority of Americans are racist and aren't offended by the idea of genocidal war.
UPDATE 3: This 1972 Hunter Thompson quote from Billmon says it better:
This may be the year when we finally come face to face with ourselves; finally just lay back and say it -- that we are really just a nation of 220 million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns, and no qualms at all about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.
Tweety was speaking as if an effort to count ballots would besmirch the chimp's victory. The script is cast.
i think it hinged on not wanting to change leaders mid-war. unfortunately that was a self fulfilling prophesy with a preemptive war. there are more of them than us now, but there's a 48.0% mandate to the contrary.
Arg. We watched in solidarity. I honestly do not understand why it is so close (eventhough Kerry is about as charismatic as a log). Just posted this bit below by Ken Wiwa on my page as well. It's by far the most encouraging thing I've heard about the election so far, which is pretty dark:
... [T]here is a school of thought that hopes Mr. Bush gets a second term, and I've already enrolled in that program.
I just want to cry and vommit...at the same time…why are Americans so stupid…it all makes me very sad
I still like 55,132,116 of you. (give or take a few 100,000.)