HAIL TO THE CHIEF
The pollsters actually got this one right; Barack Obama routed John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. As of 10:15 a.m., North Carolina, Missouri and Georgia still were undecided, but Obama led the Electoral College vote, 349-147.
My take(s): Don’t forget — this thing was still a contest a month or so ago, until McCain “dropped out” of the race to deal with the economy. I said it then and I say it again now, that was the turning point of the race. I don’t know if it would’ve made a difference one way or another if McCain would’ve stayed his course, but his show of indecision at that moment — while Obama looked very presidential — hurt his campaign, at least in my eyes.
Kudos to McCain last night for his concilatory concession speech. That was as classy a speech as I’ve ever heard.
Critics are questioning whether Sarah Palin’s pick hurt or helped McCain; initially, I thought it hurt, but as time wore on, I think it helped. One thing is certain: Palin is on the national stage for good now. I’d consider her a Republican front-runner for 2012.
Do you realize McCain won Lenoir County (by 121 votes)? Are you guys as shocked about that as I am?
THE OTHER RACES
Bev Perdue defeated Pat McCrory, Kay Hagan whipped Elizabeth Dole, Walter Dalton won the Lt. Gov. race as Democrats swept the top N.C. positions. That was certainly the Obama affect.
Locally, Van Braxton defeated Stephen LaRoque, despite losing both Lenoir and Wayne counties. Also, Billy Davis and Bruce Hill won at-large school board seats, while Reuben Davis and Linda Rouse Sutton took the at-large county commission seats.
The one pseudo-Republican victory, though, came in the non-partisan drive for Kinston municipal elections.
My take: Again, a Democratic sweep, which makes McCain winning Lenoir County all that crazier.
“GREY’S ANATOMY” CUTS GAY CHARACTER
OK, so this won’t mean that much to most of you, but there’s a major overhaul at ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” which I unfortunately am addicted to. Erica — Callie’s new gay girlfriend — is being taken off the show after Thursday’s episode.
My take: It really doesn’t bother me that much, because I never really saw the chemistry between the two, anyway. But the way those characters go from bed to bed, it won’t surprise me if Callie (who’s already, ahem, “been with” three other characters on the show) shacks up with someone else soon.
Besides, if you’re going to have lesbian characters, they ought to be hot. Really hot.
The iPod shuffle
Without Love — Bon Jovi
Blowin’ Me Up (With Her Love) — JC Chasez
Watching Airplanes — Gary Allan
The Update — Beastie Boys
The Way I Live — Baby Boy Da Prince