Election Night Open Thread – Yes We Did.

4 11 2008

What an incredible day.  It’s still sinking in that we have a President Elect Obama.  I just returned from Election Central in downtown Anchorage.  Many candidates were there, and everyone was feeling very festive.  The Barack Obama campaign people came in with huge signs and the place went wild with chants of Yes We Can!  It was electric.

I will tell you all about the evening tomorrow, Mudflatters…  I am so overwhelmed by this historic night that words aren’t coming.

It looks like neither the Senate race between convicTed Stevens and Mark Begich, nor the House race between Don Young and Ethan Berkowitz will be decided tonight.  Both races are close, and there are almost 70,000 ballots that were submitted via early voting between Thursday and yesterday that are not figured into tonight’s count.

Stevens and Young are both ahead by single digits, but as of now, the precincts that have reported are the more Republican districts, so the race will tighten before the night is over.  And early voting also tended to favor Democrats.  So the race goes on in Alaska for the next 10 days.  I remain hopeful.

And on a personal note….thanks to all of you for sharing the highs and lows of the past two months.  Your support, and enthusiasm, and intelligence have carried this blogger through what would have been a difficult and challenging time over the past several months.  You have buoyed my spirits with kind words, and made me feel useful on days when frustration was overwhelming.  If I can credit Sarah Palin with anything, it is bringing together this far-flung group of incredible people from Australia to Alaska and all points in-between who otherwise would never have crossed paths.

Whether you are frequent posters on the blog, forum devotees, chat room regulars, or lurkers who have come to know us in silence, you are all lovely dots on the Mudflats map and have been part of this wonderful collective.

I will continue to do what I have been doing here, although work, family, and my disaster of a house will need to take some of my time.  I was blogging before Sarah Palin’s unlikely rise to the national stage, and hopefully will be doing this after her time is up.  I’m not worried that Alaska will run out of muck any time soon.

(Raises glass)  To you Mudflatters, and to a brave new chapter in American history.  Yes we can.


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4 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

Wow! First! What great luck today!

4 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

And we raise a glass to you, too, AKM! Here is to joy, victory, hope and change. Here is to time well spent and new friends made!

4 11 2008
GJ in Idaho

Wow, new thread already

4 11 2008
Natasha

I am a lurker and I am so proud as well. I live in the valley and cast my vote on monday. Thanks for the reminder that those are not counted yet! I was a little down about Begich. All and all it has been really fun to listen to all of you and participate when I could! Thanks.

4 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

Welcome GJ! And congrats to you too.

4 11 2008
Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago

As I had said on a tread yesterday…

“Listen and you will hear Lady Liberty speak today” She spoke in a loud clear voice. I a lucky one to hear her words spoken by her son Barack today. I was located at Mudflats Point in Grant Park at Chicago. I donated the Mudflats sign and the Alaskan Flag I had attached to the light pole to the historical society of my imagination. Word’s at this time couldn’t ever match what I saw and experienced. I hope to be able to write a report for you tomorrow. And forward it along with the photo’s from Mudflats Point to AKM.

One of my many favorite photo’s of the day is myself with my Mudflats sign and AK flag with “Ronnie Wo Wo”. If you don’t know Ronnie he is a famous local Cubs fan who is seen everywhere. I waited for six hours to enter Grant Park. I couldn’t believe it when I saw Ronnie. So I ran up to him and said Ronnie I have to get a photo of us for Mudflats, “cool” was all he said. Carolina Procter, of the post tribune sums up Ronnie best, “If Ernie Banks is Mr. Cub, then Ronnie “Woo Woo” Wickers is Mr. Cub Fan”.

My AT&T service completely let me down at the rally, I was unable to get a signal from 7pm on. Voicemail was not transmitted to my phone until 12:30am cdt. So, I apologize for not posting sooner.

4 11 2008
Steph aka Beans Harpoon Hussein-Palin

Do you have Alaska results yet? Sorry youre getting Sarah back, but…ummm…well, Glad you’re getting Sarah back.

4 11 2008
GJ in Idaho

I just love AKM, do you think s/he will do a reveal not that the eledtion is over?

4 11 2008
Sandy Beach

Thanks for all you did/do to keep our energy up and bring us all together! What a fun ride it’s been. Election Central was a blast! I kept looking for you and picked out a few definite possibilities.🙂 I was the one walking around with my laptop. Great night! A lot of very happy people.

4 11 2008
NMJ

Obama leads in North Carolina by 12,160! 100% of the vote is in, but each has 50% and no one is calling it.

In MO, McPain leads by 4,917. 100% of the vote is in and each has 49%.

I bet in both of those states, the Electoral College has to make the decision. Usually, they vote with the majority of the state, but they don’t have to. They’ll probably have to vote among themselves.

4 11 2008
Bella the Bunny Girl

Strange doings in Georgia according to dailyKos, over 600,000 early votes not counted yet, many from metro Atlanta.

4 11 2008
NMJ

Does anybody know if or when the super delegates come into play? Aren’t the Dems the only party that uses those? I read up on them a while back, but it was confusing.

4 11 2008
Sandie

Oh boy, too many glasses of celebratory wine later… Wow.. my ear is numb from being glued to the cell phone, rejoicing with friends from around the lower 48.

4 11 2008
GJ in Idaho

I think the super delagates only factor in at primary election time for the dems.

4 11 2008
NMJ

I’ll re-post this:

Alaska results here (refresh periodically):

http://www.elections.alaska.gov/08general/data/results.htm

4 11 2008
MizKay

Those on the last thread wondering about music students of MizKay and AKaurora – our two are ok – they weren’t in the loud group that finally set the police off. But it looks like there are 6 who escalated some type of situation and are set to see a judge in the morning. I have been told that not all of the 6 are students. Other than that, neither AKaurora nor I were able to reach anyone who could do anything about the situation tonight.
The students we talked to (including our own) thought in some ways the police were over-reacting, but in some ways the rowdiness was out of hand. I guess the official Obama party downtown was over, and these were on their way back, having actually MISSED the official event.
Let’s hope the police get egg on their face for this – there was no riot, there was just a bunch of happy kids. Some from Eastman or U of Rochester, and some were friends.
I looked around, trying to find an Obama office number for Rochester, to try and help these kids out, but couldn’t find anything. I did call an all-night Rochester city-aid number and let them know I was ‘hearing rumors about some party-ers being arrested. It was a police officer who answered, even though the number was not listed as police. Of course, they said they couldn’t give me any info, but at least they knew I was calling from out of town and that rumors were flying. (Like, ‘maybe we should let these kids go????)
AKaurora is at the airport, and I have to sleep a couple of hours.
And I’m too tired to type more.
Feeling helpless. I hate this.

4 11 2008
Rebecca

I just checked on Alaska, last update was 26 minutes ago so I guess the counters are off to get some sleep. lol

Stevens 49%, Begich 46% (I’m sure if Stevens had been a car jacker the Alaskans that voted for him would think he was fit for office too. lol)

Young 52%, Berkowitz 44%

72% of precincts reporting.

4 11 2008
ScaredExpat

Are the people of Alaska happy that she is coming back? Will/would she win re-election? I’m curious about her political future. I shudder at the thought of her reappearance on the national stage.

4 11 2008
S in CA

Cheers back to you, AKM!!

Your blog is responsible for my sanity over the past two months. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!🙂

4 11 2008
Leigh

AK Muckraker and all of the Mudflats Marvels:

I have been reading and lurking for the last month plus, heartened, amused, enchanted, and duly impressed by the insights, wit, and thoughtfulness of this community.

I live in California, and have never even stepped foot in Alaska — I stand in awe of what you have built here, and hope that it captures a sense of momentum for Alaskans.

Thank you, and all the best to you!

Leigh

4 11 2008
GJ in Idaho

Don’t give up hope in AK, those small villiages all vote early or adbsentee and I hear most of them aren’t to happy with the repubs…

4 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

NMJ (23:38:54) :

Obama leads in North Carolina by 12,160! 100% of the vote is in, but each has 50% and no one is calling it.

Cnn has NC in dark blue – so they gave it to Obama.

4 11 2008
Steph aka Beans Harpoon Hussein-Palin

Gawd, Alaska is gonna elect a felon. You are redder than Kansas…

Happiest moment (other than Obama, of course) was Libby Dole losing her seat. Godlessness does that, apparently. And, hopefully, NC will go red.

Still waiting for the Minnesota Senate race.

4 11 2008
hockeygal

I have to admit I am shocked, shocked I tell you that Stevens is ahead at this point. OK not really. But I can hardly wait til the kick his sorry buttocks back his chalet after a hearing where he acts out while the Dems, firmly in control tell him to take his Barbies and og home.

4 11 2008
Steph aka Beans Harpoon Hussein-Palin

Jamie, but MSNBC gave MO to Obama….and he didn’t get it, I don’t think. I really wanted him to, because my brother worked SO HARD, but I think it went red.

4 11 2008
Marcia

I am so grateful for the support I have found at Mudflats these long weeks. This is the first time I have posted but just reading through comments from so many rational and articulate folks from all over the world has helped me stay buoyed. Keep up the truly wonderful work AKM. I, along with I’m sure many thousands of others, will be relying on you for future insights written with such clarity.

Peace and Love to you all.

4 11 2008
NMJ

Does anybody but me think the rock-solid percentages for McP vs Obama are suspicious?

36% precincts reporting
61.76% for McP
35.64% for Obama

81.3% precincts reporting
61.54% for McP
35.69% for Obama

4 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

Steph –

MO is Missoiri? CNN.com/politics has it 50% – 49% : 1,442,577 – 1,436,724 and still processing

5 11 2008
NMJ

Great article on Huffington:

Biggest Voter Turnout In 90 Years, Since Women Won The Right
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/04/biggest-voter-turnout-in_n_141189.html

5 11 2008
Stag Tunnel

Good morning from an American in Cyprus. My two year old was saying as he ran around the house naked this morning: “Bye, bye George!”.

I felt like doing the same.

For me, January 20th will be a great day (and would have been even if the other guy won).

5 11 2008
samihawaii hussein that one stevens

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S to each and every one of us, especially to you AKM and even moreso to Barack Obama for bringing us all together at this time in history. We are so blessed to be here and witness this amazing, inspiring and magnificent event. We set ourselves an improbable goal and achieved it! Aloha and Mahalo to you all and to Ke Akua!

5 11 2008
aka Klomp Molen Palin from Holland

Congrats to all of you, Mudflatters. What a wonderful night this has been (here in Holland we just started our next day of work).

And thank you so much, AKM, for providing this wonderful place with this wealth of information. I’m afraid my Mudflats-addiction won’t be over yet. Too curious on what’s going to happen next with The Ice Queen.

BTW, today happens to be the first day of a new year in the Mayan calendar.
Isn’t that beautiful? So, I’d like to wish you all a happy new year. It couldn’t have had a better start.

5 11 2008
NMJ

I just can’t believe it! A president who can think and speak coherently! I no longer have to hold my head in my hands when I hear Bush open his mouth.

5 11 2008
Okinawannanook

Thank you to AKM and the Mudflatters around the world for enabling this former Eagle River-ite in Okinawa, proud Democrat, and humanist of the liberal persuasion to find solace and comfort in these troubled times through the hope and enthusiasm so clearly voiced on this blog. I’ve been so inspired by all the things you have done to encourage everyone within the sound of your voices or at the end of the keyboards to participate and vote to bring about Mr. Obama’s magnificent victory. I truly believe that your efforts combined with those of countless others like you across our great country have been the single greatest contributors to his election. I was amazed to read about your non-stop involvement in support of all things political not the least of which was contributing money, which is in short supply to a lot of us these days. AKM, you’re a treasure! You should be so proud that you have inspired, educated, and led by example throughout the last few months. What a legacy to have brought so many together and given them voice! I’m old enough to remember Jack Anderson, who I believe was a “muckracker” of the highest order–you sir or madame are indeed his worthy successor.

5 11 2008
knikgoose Hussein justaskin

Wow, relax at last!
I’ve been a basket-case since McCain picked Palin.
Thank God , it’s over, for the moment. At least she’s not near the button or taking pot-shots at Eye-ran.
She can stew for a bit and watch for Putin’s head to pop up.
Thank you, AKM, from the bottom of my muck-boots, and heart.
If it hadn’t been for you I may have had to lose my mind.

5 11 2008
northpine

I have treasured your writing. What insight! I have learned much about your state and have come to love and adore its amazing inhabitants! Thank goodness the barracuda does not speak for all of Alaska! I can understand about having to tend to family, work and home. I, myself, need to take a few days to rest and detox. After that, I’ll be back!

5 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@ NMJ (00:08:04) :

I just can’t believe it! A president who can think and speak coherently! I no longer have to hold my head in my hands when I hear Bush open his mouth.
—-

Yeah! You can absolutely say that again!

5 11 2008
mustang

thanks to you mudlfats also.
people like me who blog other places and scrambled for info since the repub convention ‘surprize’…all came to count on info you supplied, damn i know i did!!

i didnt meet up much here to post or chat but i was here countless times per day for the last two months…ive let my own life dribble all over, also.
ive ignored friends horses house appts because I Had To Do This.

Ive been sending out some thank you’s to blog authors who quite obviously worked their asses off…so this one is for You!
THANK YOU AND THANK ALL THE PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD WHO CROWDED TOGETHER AND CHEERED…WE LOVE YOU AND WE ALL THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

PEACE.

5 11 2008
Hey

Thanks for all your hard work. As a fellow Alaskan – one of the silent lurkers on your site – I relished your take, your words – and probably more than anything – your pitch perfect humor. You’re right – Alaskan politics is simply the gift that keeps on giving. I’ll keep coming back for more perspective and analysis from your site. Best – and cheers (and have fun cleaning the house. My kitchen is currently sporting dirty dishes from many a prior meal…)

5 11 2008
SC Strike Chipper Sista M Hussein ProAmerican Goodwill Shopper

Wow. What a long, strange trip it’s been.
And what a great place this has been to find some fiercely motivated and intelligent people to keep me going, while awaiting (and sometimes dreading) what was going to happen yesterday. Thanks to every one of you–even the freakin’ trolls! As someone who was only a lukewarm supporter of Obama at the start of this race, even they helped fix the focus on what is TRUE and important. The election was clearly ONLY the beginning, there is so much to be done to restore this country to a place of respect, peace and prosperity. So let’s keep it going!
Thanks AKMuckraker for the community you created here. I do have some blogging duties of my own to attend to (not political in nature) now that basketball season is upon us and may not post as often as before, but I will not be leaving Mudflats behind! The interest in the political process that I had prior to the Bush years has been restored. The national challenges are obvious, but I am now so intrigued with Alaska politics (and so invested in helping to quash the possibility of future national ambitions of SWWNBN) that I will still be here on a very regular basis.
Congratulations to all of us and to our new president!

5 11 2008
North_of_the_Range

Thanks, Mudflats, from one of the lurkers who would never have gotten through the past 68 days without the oasis here. Your courage and tenacity have been an inspiration, and the community that has gathered online with you has showed the mutual support, humor, and intelligence that are the real antidote to the fear, shrillness, and nonsense that plagued us during the campaign. Thanks to you all,

-A Grateful Friend from the “Golden Heart”

5 11 2008
Bizilbur

If Stevens and Young do win, we’ll have a new polling effect for pollsters to consider: the “Felon Effect.” People won’t tell someone else that they’re voting for a convicted felon, but they’ll end up doing it.

5 11 2008
Pat, Washingonton state

Wow! What a fantastic night. And thanks, AKM, for giving us all a place to share the experience and to learn a lot more about Alaska. Y’all don’t seem so far away anymore, and I feel like I have a little better understanding of your great state.

Pat

Now, can you just figure out a way to keep “Sarah from Alaska” home in Alaska? There must be something useful she can do there. Well, . .

5 11 2008
Zim in Oz

About Sasha and Malia’s new puppy….

Here’s betting it will NOT be a pitbull named Sarah !

5 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

Hey Zim in Oz :

Hiya’!
That is very funny!

5 11 2008
NMJ

Zim in Oz (00:39:35) : About Sasha and Malia’s new puppy….

Here’s betting it will NOT be a pitbull named Sarah !

Yep, that’s a good one!

5 11 2008
talldeb for O

So Alaska you have captured the hearts of the world and US – cypress, france, et al and all because of the curiosity about Palin – she was good for something. Now let’s hope we can continue to support grassroots AK in any way we can to prevent Palin from ever reaching a highly appointed position. I also like a fellow blogger loved to see Dole collapse but unfortunately not Bachman. And it was interesting to watch the struggle in some very Repub states – Nebraska, Montana.

I am so proud of our country and our new President. He has inspired me already and I hope you as well to continue to be involved, to care, to unite to rebuild our country into a fair, just, open-minded, non-arrogant nation that values its people and values the worlds citizens. It is definitely time we moved into the 21st C and I’m confidant the O can do it. The world has been holding its breath waiting for us.

Thank you bloggers and bloggees for providing me a place to come and rest in relief and security that there were others out there who believed and thought as I did. Cheers and GO O!!

5 11 2008
From England aka Spoon Archer Hussein Palin

I had this on the last thread, but it’s worth a repeat:

After the tears (I cried like a baby) and jubilations, a couple of thoughts in the cold light of day:

1. I think Barack should be seriously considering how to get Mccain involved in his administration. Inspite of this race that sometimes got quite ugly, I believe that with his experience he’ll have a lot to offer the Obama administration.

2. My conservative (for Europe I guess) heart has always feared a left leaning “socialist” Obama administration. My virtual vote was won by Obama on the basis of character, intellect and temperament – I truly believe that he has the qualities to bring about unity, national pride and hope to all beyond America. The icing on the cake was that Americans could go beyond race, and vote on the basis of ideas.

I also believe that it’s a disgrace for citizens of the most powerful nation in the world not to have access to healthcare and worldclass education, these should be basic human rights in a country like America.

I think that many conservatives will be pleasantly surprised at how moderate Obama will be. He just does not have the temperament to lurch in any direction. He’s proved throughout the campaign that he is a considered and measured thinker and will try to lead for ALL Americans, not just the left.

3. Finally, congratulations on electing a visionary, who has the audacity to hope; even when the odds are stacked against him. With all the current challenges, Obama is surely the leader most likely to achieve a turn around in the fortunes of America and the world at large.

God Bless him and family, constant prayers as he takes on this challenge. The world is behind you Obama!!!

5 11 2008
Zim in Oz

AKM, I toast you. (I have not had any bubbly yet so will clink the glasses shortly LOL)

I have travelled the States extensively. I have a few favourite places …lurve Boston and what I think is the USA’s best kept secret, Oregon. I also love New Mexico.
I have friends all over…yet I have never been to Alaska, nor wanted to until I found this blog. I discovered this site the day Sarah became a potential VP and have been addicted ever since.

I would like to thank you for your amazing writing and the way you have been able to paint an incredible picture of Alaska. I now know so much about your State that I feel as though I have been there and I have put it on my ‘bucket list’ as a must visit one day.

I know others have suggested it, and tho I agree, that a book would be something you should consider I would like to go further and suggest that you write a book for the blind. I say this because often after reading your posting I close my eyes and can actually visualize what you have desribed and I feel that this is a gift that you have.

Others can write but you go beyond that….you weave a tapestry. Thank you.

And…and…also… also…. America well done !

5 11 2008
NMJ

Does anybody but me think the rock-solid percentages for McP vs Obama are suspicious?

36% precincts reporting
61.76% for McP
35.64% for Obama

81.3% precincts reporting
61.54% for McP
35.69% for Obama

96.1% precincts reporting
61.29% for McP
35.96% for Obama

Sorry to sound paranoid about this, but we all now know a lot more about Alaskan politics than we ever would have believed. AKM, talk me down!

5 11 2008
Melissa

For the first time in 8 years, I am proud to be called a friend of the US. Through 8 years of dimpled and pregnant chads, voting recounts, judgeships that were very suspicious (Harriet Myers), a president who thought things were going good after Katerina when in fact they weren’t, a president who thought that he could gain friends by invading a country that didn’t provoke them, and the list goes on.

You have elected a president that for the first time in a generation that brings the prestige of the White House back. You have elected a president that would not have been fathomed 40 years ago or even 150 years ago. You have changed the face of the presidency forever and have allowed not only your country to change, but also for the world to change and hopefully for the better!

Yes you did! And thank you from a grateful world.

5 11 2008
Grandma Nancy MN

Thanks AKMuckraker for keeping so many of us sane. Mudflats was the first thing I checked in the morning, and the last thing at night. Maybe my house will get some much needed attention now. In any event, last night was both historic and wonderful. The road ahead will be long, but we will get there together. Sending great big cyberhugs to all.

5 11 2008
Catwoman

A big thanks to AKM from this internet skeptic: this is the most intelligent, well-written blog out there, and what a kick, even for those of us who mostly lurk, to feel like we are a part of something special. Alaska captivated my attention on a first visit in 1986 (which included a drive by this strange place called Wasilla), and AKM has made me feel right at home. Looking forward to a final chapter in the story of SWWNBN, to come sooner rather than later!

5 11 2008
From England aka Spoon Archer Hussein Palin

I’m now on Fox and friends…continuing to enjoy the MELT DOWN!! Happy happy happy days! I never thought I’d enjoy Fox so much:)

5 11 2008
NMJ

Well, definitely time for bed. G’nite, world….

5 11 2008
Zim in Oz

@From England aka Spoon Archer Hussein Palin (01:10:25) :
>>>I’m now on Fox and friends…continuing to enjoy the MELT DOWN!! Happy happy happy days! I never thought I’d enjoy Fox so much:)>>>

I must admit I have snuck into Fox a couple of times today to watch them implode….ooohhh boy do they need to have a long look at themselves in the mirror tomorrow. Money is obviously their motivation and I hope that enough people have turned off them to make it hurt….revenue wise.

They have been positively despicable….Shame on them !

5 11 2008
Anners Hussein Scribonia Caesar

Obama!!

Thank you for blogging, it’s been most enjoyable.

5 11 2008
Terpsichore

This is something I’ve been meaning to write for a little while now, just never got around to it.

My pet theory is that McCain actually did NOT want to win.

This is how my crazy theory goes:

Sometime between his party nomination and the selection of his VP candidate, McCain started to feel, well, tired. Don’t blame him in the least. But, once nominated, there was no way for him to “quit” without putting the party and perhaps the whole election process into a crisis. Plus nobody likes to be called a “quitter”. So he made all the decisions he made, did all the things he did (including either choosing or allowing SP to be chosen for runnung mate) precisely to get more thinking people to feel comfortable with the Dem. candidate, Obama and less comfortable with him and Palin.

If my crazy theory is right, McCain therefore did indeed put “Country First”, by helping us to select the better person, the better team, for the job at this time.

5 11 2008
JK Copper Catfish Hussein RefusetobePalin

Good morning!

Well I went to bed around 4 its fairly certain the race was in the bag. And yet when I woke up again at 8, my first reaction was an awful sinking feeling: ‘What if…?’

This is why I keep a radio next to the bed – one touch of a button and the news is there to reassure me. It’s true! He WON! Woohoo!

My boss, who takes a kindly interest in my obsession with this election, just called. He’s one of the ‘not convinced Obama has enough experience’ people, even though I’ve been feeding him stories and arguments for weeks, many of them provided right here, by AKM and the lovely mudpuppies. So thank you all, so much, for educating me in American politics!

5 11 2008
Irishgirl aka puck mule

Thanks AKM for providing this little haven of sanity.😉

5 11 2008
JK Copper Catfish Hussein RefusetobePalin

Well I went to bed around 4 its fairly certain the race was in the bag
—-

Aaarg. Sleep deprived. Still love you all though🙂

5 11 2008
NY Dem

Palin will be history LONG before 2012. She WILL NOT be a player on the national political scene. She just has way too much baggage, and her performances in this presidential campaign were so horrendous that there is no way the RNC will back her 4 years from now.

There are many up and coming candidates in the Republican party right now that are far superior to Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty (MN) is just one such name, let alone the new faces that will pop up in the next 4 years.

Watch and see how she fares when all the high-falootin’ Republican lawyers and other RNC backing drops her like a hot potato. The backing is gone Sarah, get ready to face some REAL issues when you return to Alaska.

As Ricky Ricardo said, “You’ve got a lot of ‘splaining to do” !!

5 11 2008
Territorial babe

Joy here in Mudville—mighty righty has finally struck out. Sorry, facetious.

President Obama, GREAT!

Hmm, we’re going to have to make it less of a mouthful. How about President Brock, or ‘Bama-san?

Thank heavens, we are free at last! It’s 4:30 AM here in Indiana. Woke to see the TV news and then whispered to my husband…he mumbled something about him winning in Indiana, too. Yayyyy!

On the brief ride back from the Tippecanoe County Obama campaign headquarters last week, a fellow volunteer in town on a visit to her father from Puerto Rico, discussed salient points why we were supporting Mr. Obama. In the conversation came up the open discussion we encountered at Mudflats. Thanks for the open discussion about this republican circus distraction.

Imagine we’re in for some hard work; the country will have to come together on this as the numbers show an extremely tight race. For each of us had a partner who was fighting almost equally hard for something else. In my politicking (phone booth and canvassing) I was fighting for decency, model families, justice, fairness, focus on the important issues: economy, universal healthcare (or at least more fair distribution), world-standing, and higher standards in accountability, responsibility, education and brotherly concern. Those issues seemed more defining thanks to involvement in speaking on talk shows, responding to the letters to editor in our own Journal & Courier, reading the blogs from Mudflats, my own professional organization, and religious websites to which I owe allegiance but whose views I cannot ascribe.

I thank G-d for America, and the freedoms in this country, for folks that are willing to work to express their honest opinions and not belabor falsities, and …even Ms. Palin who was tapped by her boss and put all her effort as well as family’s effort into exposing the opposing views so expressively. The writing that comes out describing this historic campaign will have no end of clearly perceptible mud from some of the campaigners.

Great strategy to not mention Mr. Biden in the last few days to allow distraction away from the principles and policies that Mr. Obama so perceptively saw for us to focus on, especially in the ads. It does seem so relevant to the republican strategy to show off Ms. Palin at every chance, and air TV ads that encourage ‘gut’ reactions. There were three Gerald Wright ads in 90 minutes by a rogue independent republican group. (Whom, of course Mr. McCain did not endorse, yea right, well he didn’t condemn it either–I do hope that Mr. McCain’s golden years are not tarnished by this slime-fest.)

Yepper, Mr. Obama is going to do us proud, and he’ll get our full support.

Yes, that late autumn wind that blew over Lake Lucille, swirling around the Chugach, past Eklutna, Thunderbird Falls, Chugiak and Eagle River, gathering glacier dust across Anchorage, some old volcanic ash, driftlets flurrying up and around Talkeetna, Glenallen, Tok, Chickaloon, back north over Iliamna, to Bethel, Kotzebue, Little Diomede (hmm, I guess musk oxen don’t vote), whistling high around Bristol Bay, Kodiak, Sitka,then toward the Panhandle and over what’s left of the Matanuska, Mendenhall and Glacier Bay, past Juneau (we’ve heard talk they’re going to build a road….), sweeping past Skagway, and Little Norway Petersberg, and building momentum to carry across Canada and gathering gale-force across the whole US.

There’s a Chinese saying, it’s an ill-wind that does no good….and there’s another proverb.., and another…, but for now, yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

5 11 2008
eajphd Wolves Run Free

For those concerned about the status of votes in the very close states, it’s important to realize that today’s tally is the preliminary vote count. The actual certification of the vote insures that all of the absentee and provisional ballots are counted. In some states a mandatory recount can occur. In Missouri a candidate can call for a recount if the difference is less than 1%. The same is true in Georgia. In North Carolina a recall can be requested in the difference is les than.5% or 10,000 votes, which ever is the lower figure. The electors are assigned on a winner take all basis in each of these states. Once a candidate concedes the decision to concede preempts a call for a recount by the losing candidate. Winning candidates would be very unlikely to request a recount, since it would have no real effect on the election.

5 11 2008
eajphd Wolves Run Free

Terpsichore (01:30:37) :
“My pet theory is that McCain actually did NOT want to win.”

There is another theory bouncing around in that regard, which is that Rove and company hijacked the process by threatening McCain with the exposure of materials from his “classified” military records. According to this scenario, they foisted Sarah and the religious right off on him as the key to winning and he had to go through with charade even after seeing what a dolt she was. Now that its over, he has honorably exited from the stage secure in the knowledge that he served his country without exposing himself or his family to further problems.

Of course there is also the plain vanilla theory that his was all just a very poorly organized effort built around the idea “I want to be president because I can lead you” conducted in an age geared to the idea that “yes we can.”

5 11 2008
Aussie Blue Sky Hussein

I’m hearing that there will be Republicans in an Obama cabinet. No names, though.

8)

5 11 2008
JK Copper Catfish Hussein RefusetobePalin

My theory was always that, considering how thoroughly McCain got screwed over by Bush and the neocons in 2000, he decided to run the worst campaign possible to thoroughly and finally discredit them by taking their dirty tactics to the extreme for everyone to see. Is it possible he hated the Republicans that much?

Of course, would have to come up with some cunning theory to explain why he voted with Bush 90% of the time. Was he lulling them into a false sense of security?

Either way, it lends a whole new meaning to ‘My friends, we’ve got them right where we want them’😉

5 11 2008
Aussie Blue Sky Hussein

I also heard something very amusing:

It was because of the win in Ohio that the commentators felt free to call Obama’s win.

Joe the Nobody is from Ohio.

Thanks, Sam Weaselberger, for that extra glass of champagne.😀

5 11 2008
rubby

Thank you, AKMuckraker, for everything you’ve put into this blog these past couple months. There’s no doubt in my mind that you made an important contribution to the outcome of this election.

Cheers to you, from Japan.

5 11 2008
Grammy aka PA went BLUE

Check it out!

http://www.palinaspresident.us/

Sarah is GONE!!

5 11 2008
rachel

thanks for everything.

YES WE CAN.

5 11 2008
Sirenoftitan

Tend to go with the plain vanilla theory….

According to the pundits on the BBC coverage, McCain’s campaign was refighting the 2004 campaign.

You guys weren’t fooled this time.

BTW one of the Rep pundits featured on the Beeb was a guy called John Bolton. What a rude, nasty man. (Found out afterwards, he was Dubya’s man at the UN for a while. That must have gone a storm).

5 11 2008
Twinky Winky Pony Palin

Thanks Mudflats from the Oz overnight shift. It’s been a great day with a fantastic result.

It’s going to be an interesting time for Sarah and her dinosaurs. Clearly she has a glittering media career ahead of her.

I’m hoping for a renewal of the ‘Big Brother’ franchise: Big Sarah.

Well, you get the picture…

5 11 2008
Sirenoftitan

OOps – a bit tired…

That must have gone down a storm.

And I forgot to say

CONGRATULATIONS on the election of President-elect Obama

5 11 2008
NY Dem

Thank God Obama won – we won’t have “Joe, the Secretary of Defense” now !

5 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@NY Dem :

“As Ricky Ricardo said, “You’ve got a lot of ’splaining to do” !!”

LOL LOL LOL

@ Terpsichore (01:30:37) :

Another maybe more plausible theory is that McCain just simply wanted to be Pres, maybe even thought he had earned it or deserved it. But without a platform, without ideas, just too old and not enough of the Maverick left in him. So he did what people around him told him was the winning strategy. But when you do that, you get too many different ideas at once and you end up drowning in them.

Anyway, once I started to really research his history, his voting record, I started to believe that he was all bluster, no substance – he gave people the impression that he was other than what he really is : ex-military/POW though he consistently voted against increased funding for anything veteran-related, a Republican pro-choice, though more often than not voted against anything in a woman’s favor, stuff like that. Plus how can you be someone who fought for the environment and then choose someone like Palin? So he listened to bad advisors, or too many advisors, and basically ran not a Repub campaign but an anti-democrat campaign, and later an anti-Obama plan – the Dems/Obama say YES, I say NO and vice versa. See what I mean?

5 11 2008
Melissa

I want to thank you guys for keeping me say during this last few weeks.

All I can say is that “That One” won last night.

5 11 2008
Nicole Anderson

I hope you Alaskans demand her full medical records that she promised. That two page letter ironically spent a lot of time on Trig and Trig’s birth.

5 11 2008
JK Copper Catfish Hussein RefusetobePalin

Grammy aka PA went BLUE (02:25:20) :

Check it out!

http://www.palinaspresident.us/

Sarah is GONE!!

——–

Awwwwww…. I love that website more than ever now!

5 11 2008
dyricci

Just in from the f-day party….all my masccara is GONE…my best friend Marry isUBERhappy
OMG…
Is this still for real?

5 11 2008
JohnnyWhore

I have been reading your blog since Sarah Palin was selected and I want to thank you for your insights into her as well as the workings of Alaska. Your reports have been invaluable. When most of us here in the lower 48 heard Palin talk we wondered if everyone from Alaska was that stupid, but when I hear my friends disparage Alaska I send them to your site. As a progressive in Alabama I am used to the rest of the country looking down on us(sometimes for good reason) and lumping us all into some redneck category, so it is unfair to think all Alaskans are as dense as your governor or that you all blindly support her. Hopefully the majority in your state will realize how much of an embarrassment she has become and will deny her another term, unless she doesn’t run because she’s offered a spot on Faux News so she can be on the other side of “gotcha journalism”. She would be a great fit. Maybe she could interview her buddy Ted Stevens from jail. Thanks again for everything.

5 11 2008
MizKay

In Obama’s speech last night – “While I breathe I hope” – The SC state motto!
(Dum spiro spero)

5 11 2008
Halcrow

A Dear John letter to Sarah Palin…from Bulgaria

http://www.sofiaecho.com/article/a-dear-john-letter-to-sarah-palin/id_32781/catid_102

US presidential election blog: A Dear John letter to Sarah Palin
12:59 Wed 05 Nov 2008 – Clive Leviev-Sawyer

…”Truth is that few could have any doubt that John McCain and Barack Obama both are pro-America, as are very many of us who do not share that citizenship, who respect America for the great country it is and will continue to be notwithstanding the ravages of people like George Bush (could you take him to Alaska with you? I suspect that at the White House right now, he’s rather like the slightly potty aunt roaming a dim-lit wing somewhere)…

…That’s all for now, and forever. No one would want to keep you from getting to the airport and home. It’s been fun, but it’s time even for Saturday Night Live to move on.

Yours

The rest of the world

5 11 2008
democommie

AKM:

Today you party; tomorrow you start the PTRSPTPL (Project To Return Sarah Palin To Private Life). It is pronounced Pe-turs-pit-pull.

5 11 2008
Coloradonative living in NC Hussein

@ JohnnyWhore

Yes, she’d be a perfect fit for Faux News.

I agree that this site has been invaluable (and addicting) during this election.

5 11 2008
Susie in Jersey

Yes we did!

Thank you, AKM, for all your hard work over the past couple of months. I’ve learned so much from you and all the wonderful contributors to this blog.

I was fearful for a while last night but began to relax when PA came in so early and then I burst into tears when Ohio was declared a blue state, knowing then that we had it made.

To President-elect Barack Obama and his beautiful family: May the Lord bless you and keep watch upon you.

5 11 2008
Zim in Oz

I have a secret…😉 TRUE STORY

Yesterday I knew Obama would win…! How come you ask ?

Well… I saw footage on CNN that a witch doctor in Kenya had thrown the bones and ‘read’ that Obama would win the election…. I knew then.

You see…I believe witch doctors (traditional healers ?) I grew up in Zimbabwe.

I was working as costume designer on a movie in late 1982. I was on research in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) (heaven BTW ) I wanted to assure some tourists that witch doctors are not to be feared and are quite harmless so I volunteered to have the bones thrown for me, to their amusement.

The witch doctor told me that I was with child, a son, and that I would have another. He told me that the first would be a ‘of great voice’ and the other would be a ‘warrior’. He told me that I would cross the big ‘water’ many times (he did not even know what the sea was…)

Well…I just laughed…I was NOT pregnant…I KNOW the signs….well… history will show that indeed I was with child ( I did not know at that time as I am one of those women that have post pregnancy menses…pardon for such graphic detail) so there was no evidence to me that I was pregnant. My first born has a voice ‘sort of’…he’s an actor and my other son is a warrior….an officer in the Australian Defence Force. And yes, I do cross the big water often… I travel internationally mainly between here (Australia) New Zealand and South Africa.

So you see…I knew that Obama would win…. the witch doctor told me so !

5 11 2008
msbeader

Thank you Mudflatters. You’ve been great and kept me centered. I remained informed and inspired by your comments. I will be a regular lurker here. You warm my heart.

GOD BLESS OBAMA!

5 11 2008
responsiblecitizen08

McCain and Obama are separated by 0.2% (about 8,000votes) in Missouri. The libertarian and constitution candidates combined for 0.7% and the independent (Nadar) garnered 0.6%. I am not surprised, but I was hoping Obama would win here outright. I am just happy that Missouri didn’t really matter this time!

5 11 2008
Susie in Jersey

Bush will work hard to the very end to destroy this country:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/04/opinion/04tue1.html?em

Hopefully, one of President Obama’s first acts will be to turn back these assaults against America.

5 11 2008
Miemaw from Texas

Mudflats — Texas and Alaska.

Early in the night my County had a Democratic majority, (for the first time in years) — the more the machines counted the votes — the faster it vanished.

When you figure out — how to vote the crooks out of office, pass the word along. We could use the help.

When Obama reached the magic 270+ last night. I sobbed.

I have never been so proud of my country, as I am this morning.

Your Governor prayed to wake up this morning, and be the vice presidential nominee. Many, many more of us prayed that she would not be.

Thank you for all your hard work, and we will continue to visit in the days ahead.

5 11 2008
Jackie Lee

Thank you, AKM. You were part of this tremendous story in a way so many of us appreciate. You did a great job, and gave an extra measure of hope and confidence and insight to all of us.

Kudos!

5 11 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

We did it!
I love that so many “lurkers” and first time posters left comments.
I love that you all were here and we all found this small pocket of sanity in an insane time.
You know I looked at the Palin site and I’ll be damned, her removal and simple fact the Oval Office looks crisp and tidy made me cry all over again.
I talk to a lot of younger people who serve or are getting ready to and last night, my messages were going crazy! I got a lot of “thanks” from people. I pay them forward to you all because I would have snapped months ago had I not found SOMETHING to focus on and stay clear with.
**Raises Coffee Cup**
Yes we did! and THANK YOU!

Pinch me, this is real right?

5 11 2008
Chin Trout Hussein (NJ)

Zim in Oz (03:20:22) :

I have a secret…😉 TRUE STORY

Yesterday I knew Obama would win…! How come you ask ?

Your confidence yesterday was reassuring– Thank you–
Today I have that confidence for our future. My husband woke up this morning and said, “The world is a better place today.” May this go on for many tomorrows.
Bless the Obamas and the Bidens.

5 11 2008
DF

Mudflats’ blog has been my morning joe and my all-day buoy! I’m so happy with the outcome of the election that I’m just bursting. The end of an 8 year era that no American should have had to endure. Now, hope endures. Yes, we can.

5 11 2008
eajphd Wolves Run Free

JK Copper Catfish Hussein RefusetobePalin (02:43:34) :

There is still a link to the original palin as president in fine print at the bottom of the ( http://www.palinaspresident.us/ ) page.

5 11 2008
Proud2BUSA aka Krinkle Bearcat

AKM, it is with deep gratitude and respect that we salute you. For those who claim that blogging is “dead” and outlived its usefulness, that like-minded people cannot drive change, that one person cannot make a difference – they have not visited this lovely little place in the world called “Mudflats.” We salute you. You are what America represents, and you were patriotism in action.

“One great, strong, unselfish soul in every community could actually redeem the world.” – Elbert Hubbard

Congratulations, AKM. It’s been a great ride! (And no worries, because of Palin’s perceived ascension to Republican leadership, we’re not going anywhere!)

5 11 2008
Quiet Advocate

I discovered this website early on, and I spread the word to friends, who passed the link to their friends, etc., etc. I no longer look here every few minutes as I did early on, but my respect for your work has stayed the same. Thank you for enabling those of us living far away from Alaska to understand what was going on, and exposing Palin with honesty and with a sense of humor. Without your work, I’m sure, this election would have been stolen through the unveiled lies that many of us would have believed. This is democracy at its best. Yesterday was truly a day to remember, but we also should acknowledge those who worked hard for this victory — people like you who worked to spead the truth. THANK YOU! Now let’s support our new president to do what he promised to do!

5 11 2008
m

THANK YOU! Yes the world is a better place today. Thank you for this blog, your wisdom, your truth. As a Canadian living on the US border, we have watched with interest – debated our points of view – laughed at the insanity of some candidates – learned how similar we are and how different we are. Perhaps now, Americans will begin to know the world around them.

Jubilant, joyful and hopeful,
m the canuck

5 11 2008
responsiblecitizen08

I have been so exhausted over the last few days that I fell asleep before he magicall number 270 was reached! But I did wake up to see most of Obama’s speech. It was a really powerful moment for me. I remember crying after the last election, but it was out of despair, not elation. I was pregnant with my older son and felt saddened at the prospect that he would be entering the world of war that Bush created and would continue. What a difference 4 years makes! I cried this time, too and it was when Mama Biden was standing next to her Joey. Then came the waterfall of tears as I watched the Obamas and Bidens together on stage. The moment that it really hit me the hardest was when Obama was on stage alone getting ready to leave. When he looked out over everyone that last time and hen joined Michelle, something about it was just so moving. And now I am crying while writing. Being a Southerner, I did not think that I would see this historical moment while still being young. I am happy that my sons will grow up in a country where a “anyone” can truly be the President. It has just been a long time coming and I am happy that maybe some of the divisiveness of the last years can melt away and real unity may come. I want that for my sons and for the rest of the wonderful families in our great country.

5 11 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

Funny, there is no link to the original on my browser, but it now redirects to a website called BarackAsPresident and his Yes We Can speech/song is playing.
Hahahahaha, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house last night!

5 11 2008
responsiblecitizen08

Thank you to AKM and the Mudflats community. This has been a wonderful place to come to each day.

5 11 2008
m

Update: there’s an article on the Canadian News Source about unethical spending for Palin family’s travel and wardrobe expenses. I’d love to know which charity gets the clothes. Methinks my husband might wear the same size as Todd and we could use some new snow gear too. And I look pretty good in red lol!

5 11 2008
Bobg

What are you people doing here? This is an Alaska blog. Most of you aren’t from Alaska. Seriously, this is site mirrors what the Obama/Biden campaign was. The Obama/Biden campaign had something that was impossible to clarify but we all felt it and rejoiced in it. I tried to identify it in another post. I think it is a new type of spirit the likes of which has never before been on this earth. The same is true of Mudflats. What this blog has I can’t identify. Maybe the DEA should investigate this blog as it surely is addictive. What is it about this blog draws us to it many times a day? Can you feel it? We all feel that the people that post are our extended family. On other blogs there are always those trolls that lurk and use any excuse to blast other posters. That rarely happens here. If it does happen the troll is quickly put down and we go back to spreading the love. Thank you AKM and I’ll be here every day (probably several times a day.) You have done a wonderful job but there is much more to do as evidenced by Ted Stevens unbelievable vote tally. It’s going to be an uphill fight but I know that you can do it. Remember, we are all here to here to help you; just call out and we’ll come. I have made many friends here and I thank you for that and I thank you for allowing me into your world. What’s our next task?

5 11 2008
Shanna

So love what you have going here and also wanted to say how sorry I am that you get HER back. Maybe this whole process will have opened her eyes, snort! Good luck and rally the voters come election time on that one. Keep up the good work.

Signed,
So very thankful for today in Wisconsin.

5 11 2008
libbs

Bobg-

I hesitate to “label” the feeling because no words adequately describe that spirit but I think it would be an honorable thing to label it “Community Spirit”. Since President Obama started his life journey as a Community Organizer, it seems fitting that he has begun to turn hearts and minds away from merely self-interest but to the greater good – an outward world view starting at home, reaching out to friends and neighbors, and extending ourselves beyond our self-imposed boundaries to people in far away places.

It is a special time for us and I am thrilled to be a part of the CHANGE.

5 11 2008
Enchanted and Healing

G’Morning fellow muddies! I’m walking on air today, my spirits and hopes lifted, and my dark screen name (disenchanted tore) gone forever. I feel like I just lost 50 lbs. on the Obama love diet!

I could not keep up with the chat last night and opted to plunk myself in front of the TV and watch the victory unfold as I wept with tears of joy along with the rest of the world. I pray along with Obama for our country to come together and work hard to make this country again the beacon of hope of all that it once was. None of us can expect a free ride. We ALL have to do our part.

AKM, I can’t thank you enough for all that you’ve done for this community. As for you and and our fellow Alaskans, I hope Mudflats will remain active and supportive as it looks like y’all still have a full plate to deal with. I can’t believe Uncle Ted is so beloved by his constituents. Maybe without all of the Rethug pork-barrel earmarks, the population will start to rethink their loyalties. But no matter what, I hope and pray your fellow constituents get the help they need to fight the bitter cold this year.

Need more coffee.

5 11 2008
judi hussein that one Obama

Sarah go home!

5 11 2008
shell from Ohio

AWESOME!!

It’s a great day in the neighborhood!! How many people were tearing up last night? Hubby just kept laughing at me. Very emotional evening. Even though I’m tired this morning here at work, it was worth staying up late for.

5 11 2008
Eyes Wide Open In Pittsburgh

Told ya McCain had NO CHANCE of turning Pennsylvania. We are BLUE and it wasn’t even close here. We are not Indiana or Missouri!

5 11 2008
Crust Scramble - SouthGA

Have y’all been back to the Palin as President site? So inspiring!

5 11 2008
Eyes Wide Open In Pittsburgh

Note to Alaska Mudflatters:

You should track down all the pictures you can of clothing worn by Palin and her brood during the election and maintain a data base of outfits. Watch to see what outfits remain in their wardrobe post election. Bet she is dumb enough to wear those expensive frocks around Alaska.

5 11 2008
Eyes Wide Open In Pittsburgh

I was at polls, on my feet as an election judge, from 6:00 AM to 9:30 PM last night. I actually cannot walk today. I have very flat feet and standing all day really did me in. Can barely get to the bathroom. Both feet and ankles are hopelessly cramped up …and I have to work today!

5 11 2008
Eyes Wide Open In Pittsburgh

I have to log off to crawl to work. I am looking for info on Stevens race. ttyl.

5 11 2008
Scotsgirl

So happy this morning. Sorry Tx just couldn’t get to be blue. I too agree, what would have my life been without the comfort and joy of Mudflats. Will be happy to continue to be active with you all where we need to be…..it’s a new day and a new movement! COmmunity activists unite! I think it was my phone banking to Virginia yesterday that pushed us over the finish line there (LOL!).
Thank you AKM for everything and to everyone else for their opinions, insights, links and laughs,
Avril in Houston

5 11 2008
Gretchen

Today is my birthday and President Barack Obama is the best gift I have ever gotten. Thanks mucks for the dedication and for keeping the facts straight. As I spend my birthday with my chickens, ducks, cats and dogs, I am so grateful to live in this moment. Today I have hope for a better tomorrow. As the sun comes up in my aloneness, I feel the country can put the horrible McP campaign behind us. In New Hampshire, we got rid of a few repubs despite the odds. I too got down on my knees and thanked God, thanked Toots, and mostly Pres. Obama.
This magic moment is something I will cherish all of my days. Sweet and pleasant dreams my little mud muckers. Winter is setting in and it’s truly time for a long winter’s nap. One sign I saw last night really said it all: “Bush, YOU’RE FIRED!”

5 11 2008
automatic slim

Thank you for your blog and links. Reading your articles everyday made the process exciting and fun. Obama overcame greed and ambition (the Clintons) and fear and anger (McCain/Palin) to bring us to this day. We stayed up late, but woke up energized. Will be following your articles about Sarah’s “triumphant” return to her home State. Thanks again, and good luck with her.

5 11 2008
snowbelle

Thank you AKM, and thank you mudpuppies. I’ve only posted here and there for the last few months, but throughout it all, this has been my place of refuge. I am so grateful for the wisdom, humor, irreverence and unabashed hopefulness of my friends here. Last night I raised my glass in your honor.

I hope that as PRESIDENT OBAMA begins to guide our country, we will continue our conversations with one another, and work to rally our real-world communities in service of our nation and our planet.

Of course I will continue to be amused, fascinated and mortified by Alaskan politics — it’s a colorful, fun-house mirror version of the corruption we see here in the lower 48 (equally galling, but much more fun to read about!)

CONGRATULATIONS TO US ALL!!!! YIPPEEE!!!

5 11 2008
rachelbirds

This has been great fun —
thanks, muckraker, for bringing
us all together.

http://thehaikudiaries.wordpress.com/2008/11/05/november-5-2008/

5 11 2008
DocRon

Thank you Mudflats, for your contribution to American political discourse. Throughout the campaign you taught many of us about Alaska, about the choice we were facing, and about the muck you reported on your tiptoes.

We enjoyed your words but more importantly, we learned from them. America learned from them. I hope you understand that we so deeply appreciate your teaching & your contribution to a new American future.

And we’ll stay with you… there’s too much good on your pages to stop now. But in this great new morning, it’s time for all of us to express our wonder that one person really can bring change to America … of course Barack had a lot more to do with it than any of us. But you, Mudflats, have made a deep and lasting contribution, this year, to our future.

You represent the best possibilities of American journalism. You have the RIGHT to be proud of what you have done for us. We are proud of you. We thank you.

5 11 2008
MissSue MI

AKM, Thank you for being the light in my sometimes dark world during the last couple of months. I am one of those that felt like I was holding my breath the whole time. Afraid to wish. Afraid to hope. Yet hoping, wishing and praying always. Your words were always full of inspiration and you kept me believing.

Muddies, The education you have given me these months is priceless. You gave me information I might not have found on my own, or at the very least, struggled to find. You made me laugh, cry and jump for joy.

I became a wealth of knowledge because of this site, and I can’t thank you all enough. I look forward to the next 4 years. President Obama (that felt good to type) will continue to need us all in his corner, and I have no doubt that Muddies will be first to donate their skills. Thank you. Yes we Can!

5 11 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

Refresh, read, cry, repeat.

5 11 2008
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin
5 11 2008
GiGi

What an awesome night in St.Paul..people hugging, horns honking..
This will change the world and Barack Obama now has a huge job ahead
to prove to those doubters that he is “That One”
Thanks Muck and now lets see if we can get rid of Sarah ….

5 11 2008
HamletsMill

I have just removed my Palin name forever.

5 11 2008
snoskred

Hey, if you’re up, we’re chatting over in the mudflats live chat.. pop in and decompress🙂

5 11 2008
JK Copper Catfish Hussein RefusetobePalin

Happy birthday Gretchen! And a big hello to the chickens, ducks, cats and dogs!

5 11 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

LOVE the Palin as President site today – yeehaa!

Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out Sarah!!

5 11 2008
Jan (SW Washington)

Idea for a Mudflats tee-shirt
“Another lovely dot on the Mudflats Map” with a picture of the Mudflats map widget.

5 11 2008
Augie

Good morning all,
Have just had the best night’s sleep that I’ve had in months. I trust that everyone else enjoyed the same.
It seems that the sun is shining just a little brighter this morning and my spirits are soaring. As Craig Ferguson would say,
“It’s a great day for America!”

5 11 2008
Enchanted and Healing

two more things-

AKM, I’m thinking that Mudflats could organize a *National House Clean Up Day* for all of us muddies that have been neglecting our homes😉

And I’m soooo very happy that Malia and Sasha will be getting that puppy that they were promised! That White House NEEDS a breath of fresh air. *Puppy breath* falls into that category like ozone after a refreshing rain! lol Also.

5 11 2008
Olay Biscuit Barrel Icky Patang Palin

Thank you AKM for giving us an insight into Alaskans as an alternative to the Marge/Fargo cartoon the media has played out.

5 11 2008
Kittitians for Obama

CONGRATULATIONS MUDFLATTERS, CONGRATULATIONS AMERICA.. I wish I could find my voice now. WOW, what a night it was. What a speech, what a man, Barack, the President.

Bye Sarah, FINALLY!!! we are singing this calypso for you all day long..

Palin girl, go home and mind baby
(what you say)
Palin girl, go home and mind baby
You looking nice
But take my advice
Think of your family
Go home and mind baby

I
People say you have no discretion
Driven only by your ambition
But if you want to make an impression
Be a mother first, not a politician

Palin girl, Go home and mind baby
(what you say)
Palin girl, go home and mind baby
You looking cool
But don¢t be a fool
Respect your family
Go home and mind baby

II
It is clear you have no experience
Mackie using you for expedience
You should practice a little patience
And convince de world that you have a conscience

III
The GOP call you maverick
Cause you wearing burgundy lipstick
But their actions are so erratic
Like a pit-bull they have you feeling frantic

IV
As the governor of Alaska
There¢s no doubt you fit the criteria
But no way you could beat Obama
So take Dude and Bristol ba

5 11 2008
Kittitians for Obama

So take Dude and Bristol back to Wascilla

5 11 2008
gary aka khaki salmon palin

Tears of joy here in Richmond, Virginia, former capital of the confederacy, and a major slave market, where we voted for an African-American for president and against a secessionist sympathizer.

Thank you AKM and Mudflats for news, cheer, and a place to vent and chill.

5 11 2008
Tired Mom (VA)

Good morning my puppies!

We did it! I’ve thanked you all on several threads last night, and will do so again here. Thanks AKM for giving us this great place to share this experience. I am still crying tears of joy, as I know many of you are too!! For all you guys overseas who were rooting for us, I thank you too! The world was behind us and this wave has just begun. Never underestimate the power of collective thought and prayer and little blue candles!! I heart all of you and will treasure the many pieces of wisdom I have garnered here, not to mention the many great recipes!!

I am so emotionally spent, but sleep felt so good last night for the first time in weeks. Now I must get this house back under control!!! and my business could use a little attention as well!! Take care all, I’ll be checking in regularly to see what I can do to help my new Alaskan friends in their continuing battle for right, justice and the true American way!!!

Go us!

5 11 2008
kathy in Austin

Thank you. I’ve checked in daily and will continue to see how Alaska fares. I am very grateful for your blog and the entertainment and enlightenment it has given me.

5 11 2008
braveny

Cheers to you AKM!!! Cheers to all mudflatters!!!

Cheers to the Mudslide!!!

5 11 2008
ttownlotta (Oklahoma)

Thanks AKMuckraker for keeping so many of us sane and allowing everyone to participate. Oklahoma did not go blue this year, but I have hope when Obama runs again in 2010 Ok will go blue. Having been a person who got caught up in a layoff in August (company of Repugs who thought they could out smart the stock market) Mudflats has been a delight for me. First thing I checked in the morning, and the last thing at night. Thanks for allowing me to share your thoughts and aspirations. I look forward to future articles about Alaska and the ice queen. You betcha!

Still celebrating from last night. By the way, my husband is from North Carolina. Seems they can’t make up their fricking minds as whether to be blue or red. But a miracle happened when they voted Libby Dole out of office. About time.

Congrats to everyone!! (glasses up) CHEERS!!!!!

5 11 2008
Wrangler Tractor in VA now SmallSteps again

I remove my SP name, and so you know who I am post election it’s SmallSteps (still in VA). I am so proud of VA for turning Blue, even though my county didn’t we did our best.

Bobg- I understand what you mean about that ‘feeling’. I too have it. I am so proud of this great community that AKM has created. As a community organizer – AKM – you have a great future ahead of you. We all are honorary Alaskans now🙂 and will be there to support your cause as you move on in this post-election period. It’s not over up there in the Great Land.

Change – Seasons – Always
Growing, Dying, Rebirth – Time
Heals All Wounds. Rejoice!

Obama 08 Hooray!

I was so nervous yesterday, I couldn’t find my haiku voice. Glad to have it back. Now on to our regularly scheduled program.

5 11 2008
We Did It aka Lets Do It

Thank you AKM, and all my fellow Mudflats, for this safe haven of civil discourse, insightful information, and intelligent companionship. With wit, love and passion you have brought a lot of people from around the world together to share our frustrations and our hopes, and now our joy. With much appreciation, ya done well!

5 11 2008
John Henry

Community Organizers Win Elections!

5 11 2008
Tired Mom (VA)

Quick story I must share: My daughter works at our local 7-11. Yesterday a young man stopped by for a drink of water, he was soaking wet, on a bicycle. He was on his way to Williamsburg, VA – nearly 50 miles away. He was riding in the pouring rain on his bike (had no car) because he had to vote from his home precinct! Go him!! It brought me to tears, and I told my daughter, she should have called me, I would have gladly driven him … but I guess his ride made it all the more sweet for him.

5 11 2008
christy kennedy

Thanks for everything. We’re sorry you get Sarah back, but the alternative would have been cataclysmic.

5 11 2008
eajphd Wolves Run Free

“JK Copper Catfish Hussein RefusetobePalin (02:43:34) :
Grammy aka PA went BLUE (02:25:20) :
Check it out!
http://www.palinaspresident.us/
Sarah is GONE!!”

Ruptured!!! I mean, raptured?
Actually consigned to the nether regions below the current page, reachable through the “Congratulations, Barack Obama. (View original site)” link.

5 11 2008
Jeanne

Thank you for running this blog. I have enjoyed reading it every day. I am a house wife in rural Oregon with dial up and two little kids. Your blog is one of two that I would take time to check every day. Your humor and insight has been both entertaining and comforting to me. Thank you.

5 11 2008
Kettletop

Thank you for giving me hope. We sometimes forget that there are Democrats fighting the good fight deep in Republican territory, holding their feet to the fire and giving the rest of us the insight only you can possess.

5 11 2008
Lighthouse (CO)

I’m reading quickly here, but I do echo many of the words already written. I’m proud of (and inspired by) AKM, I’m proud of all of us!

We have hope, and I do thank AKM for bringing us together. What a community!

I’m off to work, where there will be many sad faces, negative thoughts, and much shaking of heads.

I will not gloat, I will not gloat, I will not gloat…

Have a wonderful Mudpuppy day, or night, wherever you are!

5 11 2008
MomsHugs (aka Eve)

Please help me write something kind to my young evangelical “friend” who said she “is glad to know that MY Messiah is the only one that matters!” I just about blew my coffee all over my keyboard!! I woke this morning with a sense of real joy & pride in my country for the first time in SO many years. Joyfully shed a few tears listening to NPR dissect election results – millions of citizens sent a mandate for change (except those in states that won’t be mentioned). Then her email came… HELP!

5 11 2008
Tired Mom (VA)

MomsHugs: tell her she is right … but that this was not an election for a messiah, it was an election for President, and YOUR president is the only one that matters now.

5 11 2008
Tired Mom (VA)

Oh jimminy crickets!!! I am still addicted to this place – just not ready to suffer the withdrawal symptoms – I’ll do the chores tomorrow – I just want to savor this day!

5 11 2008
Mollys Mum

@eajphd Wolves Run Free (03:43:02) :
Can you post the link, Wolves? I can’t find it on the site and I had ignored the PalinasPresident the last two weeks and would love to have one final go-through of it.

Call me twisted. 🙂

5 11 2008
ocliberal

Everyone has said it so eloquently but I just want to add my thanks to everyone for creating such an extrordinary community where we could all share being part of such an amazing time in our country.

I agree with AKM – Sarah Palin did one good thing – she brought Mudflatters from around the world together.

I visited palinaspresident.com one moreo time this morning. It was worth the trip!

I’m upset about California passing Prop 8. I would have loved to see an election where discrimination didn’t win anywhere. But it’s very close.

To quote a very wise man who is now going to be President.

“It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled – Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

Yes We Did!

5 11 2008
plwalsh

Well done AKM and Mudflats and thank you!

5 11 2008
libbs

MomsHugs: I’m also thinking that if God wanted her candidate to win the Presidency, that is exactly what would have happened. God didn’t change…but He gave us the blessing of Change in President Elect Obama.

5 11 2008
SoCal Bob

Yes. It was a landslide. Even in the Senate. And President Obama is already working. Good for him. Good for us.

5 11 2008
Daisy Hussein

Celebrated last night, cried tears of happiness, relief, and of pride in my country this morning. Need a few days to tend to my life, but then I am back for more of this fascinating thing called Alaskan politics. I am hooked!
Thanks Mudflats and Mudflatters for everything. We did it. I am so happy!

5 11 2008
Geneva FreeSpeech formerly Wolf Pup Hideme Palin

THANK YOU AKM!!!
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
I’m not going anywhere. We in the Lower 48 need to keep an eye on SP, especially since a substantial number of “pundints” think she has a future on the national scene.

5 11 2008
Geneva FreeSpeech formerly Wolf Pup Hideme Palin

Sorry, left out “delusional but potentially influential” before “‘pundints.'” After Ronald Reagan, anything is possible, and eternal vigilance really is the price of liberty.

5 11 2008
Goalie Sanka Palin in NM

@ MomsHugs,

How about he is not my Messiah, he is OUR President.

What a glorious day, Mudflatters!

5 11 2008
Enchanted and Healing

So Alaska is still counting votes? There’s still hope? Time to say a prayer and light a few candles.

5 11 2008
scottish-mud-fan

Mollys Mum (05:27:24) :

http://www.palinaspresident.us/never/index.html

Palin as President – Never!

5 11 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

How about just sending her the eloquent quote he gave about hearing the other side and needing their help? He quite nicely said he wants to be “their” President also.

5 11 2008
Mollys Mum

Obama has offered the Chief of Staff position to Rahm Emanuel. A controversial move. Please discuss!

5 11 2008
Stanley Krute

Adding my thanks to those of the other mudpups. You’ve done us all proud, AKM.

And, I fear, it’s not going to slow down much. Given a Stevens victory, it’s probable that: the Senate will vote to eject, there’ll be a special election, and Gov. Sarah will become Sen. Palin, prepping for her IMO inevitable heading up of the 2012 GOP ticket.

A wonderful night, a bright new day, and plenty of challenges yet to face.

— stan

5 11 2008
Crust Scramble - SouthGA

Thanks, AKM. I thought about changing my name, but I’ve gotten kind of attached to it. It reminds me of my place in this wonderful community you created that kept us all on an even keel through this turbulent storm.

A cautionary note to all my Alaskan friends. Please stay out of Sarah’s way. I bet she is one bitter woman these days.

5 11 2008
eajphd Wolves Run Free

Mollys Mum (05:27:24) :
It’s here:
http://www.palinaspresident.us/never/index.html

5 11 2008
Forty Watt Hussein

So sorry about Prop 8. What can be done now?

I have expressed my thanks too (I’m trying to avoid “also”) on another thread–to all of you. Many times this last few weeks I have been reminded of Will Self’s “Quantity Theory of Insanity.”

Self is nothing if not an original. His premise here is that only a defined number of people are permitted to be insane at any given time, so they take turns; e.g. I get to be insane Monday through Wednesday while you are sane these days. Then we switch.

Thanks to all the unmet but greatly appreciated Mudpuppies who have taken on the mantle of sanity on the days I needed to totally decompose!

Love to all.

5 11 2008
Grammy a/k/a GO BLUE PA

Eyes Wide Open In Pittsburgh (04:20:29) :

Told ya McCain had NO CHANCE of turning Pennsylvania. We are BLUE and it wasn’t even close here. We are not Indiana or Missouri!

******

Eyes, I’m very grateful for all of the counties who turned PA blue, mine did not w/ a 61-39 vote for McLame. I cried when the proclaimed PA for Obama last night, I was SO proud of this state (commonwealth)!!

5 11 2008
eajphd Wolves Run Free

MomsHugs (aka Eve) (05:19:55) :

Since you want to be kind, you could say:

I know you are disappointed over the election, but I am sure you will want to join me in praying that our new president-elect will be able to fill the role well for the benefit of the nation and the world at large.

5 11 2008
Ripley in CT

Thank you again, AKM, for this experience. What a story we all have to tell about where we were when this happened last night. And SO indicative of why the GOTV campaign worked… technology! We were all connected here, in many many ways.

I’ll be staying tuned to follow the SWWNBN saga.

*bows graciously*

5 11 2008
Crunk Petrol Palin

AKM:

Congrats and THANKS!!! After you wake up from a well deserved sleep, I have a question for you.

People that I know who claim to know Alaskan law say that while Sarah cannot appoint herself to Ted’s Senate seat PERMANENTLY she can appoint herself INTERIM senator until the special election. What they were unsure about is whether Alaskan law requires that the special election be held within a certain period of time (for example, within 6 months after the seat is vacant). If there is no time requirement, she could appoint herself Senator and be in position for a good period of time prior to the special election, thus making herself “the incumbent”.

Do you know if this is true? (Sorry to bring up this unpleasantness on such a special day.)

5 11 2008
Goalie Sanka Palin in NM

@ Mollys Mum,

How is he controversial? I don’t know that much about him other than he has a strong partisian style. I know Obama wants to hit the ground running and with a partisian effort. He is also the 4th ranking Democrat in the house and his father immigrated from Israel.

Pretty much all I know.

5 11 2008
eajphd Wolves Run Free

Crust Scramble – SouthGA (05:51:28) :
“I bet she is one bitter woman these days.”

I second that. She’ll be meaner than a rabid badger, but only half as smart.

5 11 2008
Political Amazon

What an incredible night! Thanks to Mudflats et al. for their tenacious coverage of all things politically Alaskan. You were a source for many people and news organizations, I am sure.

On another note–anybody else wonder about Michelle Obama’s dress? The way the red parts highlighted a woman’s “fertility zones,” I’m wondering if we are being sent a hint that there may be an edition to the Obama First Family on the way?

Just thinking about it makes me smile.

5 11 2008
plwalsh

Republican commentators on TV (e.g. Tucker Carlson) are SO sour today! Carlson is coming across as a twelve-year-old.

5 11 2008
Lin Hussein

I’m in AZ, and I work in a small office – all Republicans except for me, and they are very somber and sad this morning. I wonder if they will ever come around.

5 11 2008
sharon in canada

I slept well last night knowing we were in good hands. It was another man on the moon moment and I am so proud of my American neighbours.The fact that we meet here from around the world to share stories ,learn about each other and express opinions in a free and transparent manner is an example of the hope and change President Obama is endorsing. Yes we can and Yes you did.
Thank you AKM for all you do and for bringing us together

5 11 2008
Grammy a/k/a WE WENT BLUE PA

HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin (04:42:08

Thanks for the links to the awesome pics. We watched the coverage on ABC (good ol’ Charlie “don’t make me interview Palin again” Gibson) – the live feed from Rockefeller Center, Harlem & Chicago was just awesome. Seeing Jesse Jackson cry said it all for me . . .

5 11 2008
nolipstick in PA

Carlson just does not get it.

5 11 2008
Goalie Sanka Palin in NM

Okay, I’m about to go and gloat by amusing myself at the Right WingNUT blogging sites…. Heh, heh!

I know – not very gracious of me. But oh well…….

5 11 2008
shoeho

Just got up–well, we watched the TeeVee in bed for a while. Stayed up late to party, etc. Tired, not as young as we used to be. Both off this week on a “take it or lose it” vacation.

I was a bit caught off guard (bubbly–cheap, but still bubbly–not ready to pour) when they announced at 11PM eastern. I thought they were going to make us wait a bit longer.

Still dying to know what happens re Ted, Al Franken in MN and Chamblis, plus a few house races. Glad Libby Dole got her walking papers from NC–a lot of NC R’s don’t even like her so it wasn’t a big surprise for her to get booted.

5 11 2008
bookish

Last night I dreamed that Max and I lived with President Obama and his family. Max is a Cocker Spaniel-American, and Obama is the President for all of us!

5 11 2008
katiebegood

Ok, I have to say it. Does anyone besides me think that Michele Obama’s dress made her look like a black widow spider?

Be that as it may, what a glorious day it is today. The first day of healing this nation.

5 11 2008
HollyInBlueNYC

Here’s a question—— ARE YOU GOING TO RECALL HER BETCHANESS??

I would be delighted, nay, THRILLED, to contribute cash money to an effort to unseat this arrogant incurious embarrassment. And there are a lot of others like me, you betcha!!

I believe 10% of voters would be enough to force a recall election. You can do it!!

How depressing to think that your lovely state is still represented by Palin, the felon Stevens, Young and Murkowski.

Yuck and quadruple yuck!!

5 11 2008
Scrimshaw aka Sack Panther Hussein

Heard on TV this morning…

(Diane Sawyer quoting somebody):
“This is a Dr. Phil moment for the Republican Party.”

5 11 2008
Judy in Chicago

Last night I decided to start “being” what our president elect asked of me. So I just donated to this great web site because I value it and I want to keep a good thing going. It is my responsibility.

5 11 2008
Moons in Leo

It’s been my pleasure to frequent this blog over the last couple of months. Guess you are still stuck with your governor for the time being. Sorry for AK, but happy for the rest of the country.

5 11 2008
kimmy kim

Lurker here. What a great group of people you all are. Great blog, it’s been wonderful to read and lurk these past few months. Just wanted to say YAY! President Elect Obama never sounded so good.

5 11 2008
Carol(Chicago,IL)

I was just thinking that Michelle’s dress looked celebratory-like fireworks.

5 11 2008
Goalie Sanka Palin in NM

@katiebegood,

I don’t know about that analogy, but it wasn’t the most attractive dress that I have seen. That being said, the entire family looked stunning together; but I imagine that she will be scrutinized for her choice of clothing. It was no worse than that horrible neon lime green thingy that Cindy McCain wore at the Repug convention.

5 11 2008
BahstinBoyo aka Wrangler Tractor Palin

Oh Happy Day!

A couple of quick items… After all the research and discusion I could muster, it happened! My friend, the life-long Republican, made an INFORMED decision and voted for Obama! She gives me all the credit for being her ‘Cliff Notes’ man and keeping the chats real. I give credit to AKM, Mudflats (ALL of YOU), HuffPost, 538, CNN, KO, the Times, the Post, Daily Kos, MSNBC, and even Faux News (for the view from the depths of despair) et al and last but not least, the internet with all its wondrously connected tubes and such! In all my 37 years as a registered voter, I have n’ere been SO proud as I am today! Watching the faces of people around the world last night made me smile from deep inside. WE THE PEOPLE have spoken! As a veteran and proud Patriot, I foresee great things for this country as we all pull together to turn ourselves and this great country’s reputation abroad around. As Obama said last night, this victory is just the beginning. We are at page one of a yet unwritten story of how the people took back thier country and changed her direction.

Inasmuch as Saracuda is concerned… Do not waiver, do not stop in the pursuit of her political demise. I wish her no ill will, just no more chances at any career in government! BYE BABY BYE. (new bumper sticker?) To quote the concerns of ‘abirish’ from a HuffPost reply to an article re: Palin’s future…

‘My bet is, Stevens gets elected and will not be able to serve his term because of his convictions. Sarah appoints herself because she sees it as a stepping stone (for the Presidency). She knows she will never get re-elected as govenor nor will she get elected for anything else so she figures taking Stevens’ place is an ideal situation for her.’

Pretzel logic or smart like a fox? This scenario is NOT so far-fetched! Again, we must remain diligent and not let this fish slip through the net. Let her finish her term as Govenor of the GREAT State of Alaska, then just let her fade into the sunset to tend to her ‘First Dud’, all those troubled children, and devote all the time she can to her special needs child. Let her return to those glorious days of hunting and fishing, camping and snowmobiling, and being a happy ‘hockey mom’… but just on someone else’s rink!

It’s a GORGEOUS day here in DEMOCRATIC Florida’s Treasure Coast. Sunny skies, and a cool breeze blowing in from the north. The winds of CHANGE…

… NO DOUBT!

5 11 2008
Carol(Chicago,IL)

I was also thinking that by this election maybe the world is looking at us with a little more favor and hope this morning.

5 11 2008
va_soccer_mom

I’ll stayed tuned for more of Alaska politics!

SP did, in a sense, “energize” some campaign supporters: for OBAMA’s campaign! I started paying close attention and getting involved.

It’s a beautiful day.

5 11 2008
Crust Scramble - SouthGA

eajphd Wolves Run Free (06:02:24) :

“I bet she is one bitter woman these days.”

I second that. She’ll be meaner than a rabid badger, but only half as smart.
————–
With lipstick!

5 11 2008
DarleenMB

re: sp appointing herself to the Senate … not if she’s in jail she won’t. Now should come the big push to indite her on the same charges that Stevens faced.

5 11 2008
plwalsh

The Minnesota senate race won’t be decided until late November, early December, thanks to a mandatory recount. AP and others have “uncalled” the election.

5 11 2008
Riani

From a South African in Dubai – Congratulations,thank you, and well done. It’s been fun to listen to you all during these nail biting times. With regards to Sarah, return to sender, please. Our loss is your … Pandora’s box, I guess. Good luck!

5 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

Zim in Oz (03:20:22) :

I have a secret…😉 TRUE STORY

Oh, Zim that is a great story about the Witch Doctor. Just don’t tell Sarah that the witch doctor saw the Obama win, she’d feel betrayed🙂

Bobg :

You are all family now and I do hope that we all stay that way through mudflats!

Tired Mom :

Big hug and hope your family party was a blast! Victory!

5 11 2008
Enchanted and Healing

Oh Gawd. W is gracing our airwaves with one of his speeches. Does that mean he goes home today and Obama can move in early?

katiebegood (06:14:29) :
LOL I didn’t think that but now that you mention it I’m sure some pundits will be spinning a theory about that. It wasn’t the most flattering attire that she’s ever worn but compared to that hideous ocherish outfit that Cindy was wearing last night, it was cutting edge fashion.😉

5 11 2008
Goalie Sanka Palin in NM

I don’t know about you guys, but I took some pleasure at watching SP’s eyes tear up at McCain’s consession speech. After all the vile lies and ugly evil verbiage she spewed it was comforting to see her sad and somewhat humiliated.

You betcha she will be back to Alaska with a vengence. I don’t envy you Blue Alaskans, but you are more organized and more determined about the direction you want Alaska to go. All Mudflatters are behind you – we will be staying tuned in to the Sarasaga as she returns to her “homeland” in disgrace.

Just my 2 cents.

5 11 2008
plwalsh

Must have been humiliating for Palin to lose Ohio and Pennsylvania so badly after she put most of her efforts there. It’s Joe the Veep now.

5 11 2008
ocliberal

A couple of downers: Michele Bachmann won her seat back. Also the Franken senate race is very, very close within 1100 votes out of 2 million. Even though they declared Thornton the winner there is an automatic recount. Franken is optimistic.

There is some weirdness going on in Georgia according to Nate Silver. Apparently they didn’t count the early votes.

I am really glad this election wasn’t close! 2000 about killed me. I don’t think I could go through anything like that again.

5 11 2008
Fiona

Congratulations all from Canada, and kudos to those here who worked so hard to ensure that this amazing event in human history took place. Let’s hope this is the start of a beautiful relationship and we begin to work together to try and create a better world for all concerned: Yes we can!

5 11 2008
Mollys Mum

@Goalie Sanka Palin in NM (06:01:50) :

Personally I think he’s a good choice, and my brother the liberal Democratic investment hedge fund consultant (put THAT in your morning coffee) thinks it’s an excellent move. Rahm is very much out of the Clinton powerhouse and takes no prisoners–Morning Joe’s feeling was that the appointment was a death blow to Obama’s promise of conciliatory nonpartisanship in his cabinet. Interestingly, Rahm’s father was a member of a militant Zionist group. I have family from Ireland visiting and we are getting suck a kick out of an African American Christian president with a Muslim father appointing a Jew with Zionism in his background as his right hand man. Truly American is moving forward!

5 11 2008
rf11 in FL

oclib, amen. I voted on the infamous butterfly ballot, and knew there was going to be a problem as soon as I voted. 2000 about killed me, too.

5 11 2008
Proud Community OrganizerWA

Morning Mudpuppies!

I think I am more emotional this morning than I was last night. Every thing has me teary eyed.

I blog on a blog with a group of friends from around the US and Canada, have been doing this for two years, and some of them who are McCain supporters just don’t understand why so many people have stated that for the first time they feel proud to be Americans.

I tried in a diplomatic way to explain it to them why and I am afraid I have come to the conclusion they may just never understand. I am taking the hope road that soon they will have a light bulb moment and step outside themselves and realize that there are so many that have not felt included in our political system and are being heard for the first time.

(Sigh)

I will not let them temper my hope and happiness! I come here for the people who get it and reassure me that we are on the right path!

Everyone have a joyous day and savor this moment in time.

5 11 2008
rf11 in FL

Morning Joe is a bitter, lost man. He shouldn’t have been saying those things about Rahm. Uncalled for. Obama is not going to be a divider, nor is he going to have a chief of staff who divides.

Barnicle finally spoke up and said, “Rahm would be working for his boss.” In other words, Obama will be calling the shots.

5 11 2008
Crust Scramble - SouthGA

ocliberal (06:33:59) :

There is some weirdness going on in Georgia according to Nate Silver. Apparently they didn’t count the early votes.

———–
I read somewhere that 600,000 early votes had not been counted.

5 11 2008
eajphd Wolves Run Free

Goalie Sanka Palin in NM (06:29:31) :
“I don’t know about you guys, but I took some pleasure at watching SP’s eyes tear up at McCain’s consession speech.”

It was a good contrast to her smile when some of them started chanting “Sarah, Sarah” – I think it her that she wasn’t going to get to speak. It also looked like she thought she was going to head off in the other direction at the end or stick around to speak.

5 11 2008
plwalsh

I thought Morning Joe’s comments on Rahm were weird. This is a chief of staff appointment. You want that guy to be tough and partisan. The Republicans won’t be able to play their usual two-faced games with him.

5 11 2008
Crust Scramble - SouthGA
5 11 2008
Marty (VA) Barack "Mr. President-Elect" Obama

morning mudpups..

What a great day..!! Even slept in this morning.. I love the numbers.. 343 EVs prove we were right and not only was Obama a far better choice, but McGrumpy and Barbie were NOT what america wanted as their leaders..

Anyone see a stat on how many voted AGAINST our beloved Barbie?

🙂

5 11 2008
Goalie Sanka Palin in NM

@ Mollys Mum,

Thanks for your assessment regarding Rahm. Sounds like an excellent pick to me. I’ve already realized that anything Obama does is going to be controvercial to the right-leaning folks and that Obama is going to be scrutinized every step of the way. Meh…it will all be good in the end.

Wow, your bro does have a “label” for sure. (How long did it take you to memorize that! LOL)

5 11 2008
Goalie Sanka Palin in NM

From the Free Republic Site:

Now That Obama is Fraudulently Selected Does This Mean…
10/05/08 | FTL

Posted on Wednesday, November 05, 2008 8:10:04 AM by FTL

….that the Left can still play the race card now that they have convinced America that its OK to cheat your way to a “win”?

The most unprecedented and massive Democrat vote fraud in history doesn’t make this coup and stolen election legitimate.
***********************************
How PATHETIC is that? Sounds like sour-grapes from sore losers!

Buwahahahaha…..!!!

5 11 2008
White Agate

ocliberal (06:33:59) :

Yeah, Bachmann did win her seat, but only by 3 points and I guess the Independent candidate took about 10 points from the total.

Coleman claimed victory and then retracted a minute ago, I guess the numbers are so close a recount will be mandated and could go into December. It seems there were some voting irregularities in St. Paul. I really hope it works out because the thought of Norm Coleman for 6 more years in Paul Wellstone’s seat is depressing.

I’ve been doing a scan of the conservative thinker web sites and they are all up in arms about what Obama will do…the work continues. I think they are scrambling to interpret this repudiation of the bad management and the undermining of our middle class over the past 30 years. Some people are saying Obama won this simply on style, not substance. I wish they would see it for what it is. This election to me means more than anything that it’s all about good ideas and getting along, doing what we have to do, together. Obama said that in many ways in his speech last night.

We have some issues in our school district and so many conservatives think that the answer is school privatization a la Milton Friedman. My response to that is that our public schools are the foundation of our citizenship. That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement…one huge step in the right direction would be gutting NCLB. So that is where I will work in the months to come. So maybe teacher unions need to change and become more flexible. Maybe we do need to standardize how kids are educated throughout the country to some degree. So we move forward so that the next generations will tend our republic.

AKM, thanks for everything. I hope we can check in here and at the Forum as we continue on with the work of our democracy. I really wonder what the road ahead will be for Gov. Palin. We await the news on the Senate race and other developments. Alaska is a red, red state as you said, but so were a lot of other states before this all began. I hope the progressives/Dems in AK feel strength in their community and in this blog.

Now it’s time to pay some bills, fold some laundry, etc. Our next big celebration will be January 20th!

5 11 2008
kidsquid

Obama goes to Washington, SP goes home.

5 11 2008
scottish-mud-fan

eajphd Wolves Run Free (06:39:16) :

I think the body language between McCain and SP after the statement was chilled to Alaskan temperatures. I wonder if she wanted to speak too and wasn’t allowed to. And it looked like JM was completely blanking her. My immediate impression was he has had enough of her and is letting her know it very clearly.

Even his comment about her being “one of the best campaigners I have ever seen, etc” seemed very impersonal – ie no tributes to her support for him or whatever.

Interesting.

5 11 2008
plwalsh

CNN hasn’t called MO, IN, or NC yet.

5 11 2008
plwalsh

Maybe those stories about Palin being a diva were true. They couldn’t let her sing at the end because she wasn’t fat enough.

5 11 2008
plwalsh

There were also news reports that Palin was going to speak even before McCain conceded. Of course, she couldn’t do that!

5 11 2008
DarleenMB

Oh man, check this out:

NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin’s shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain’s top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family—clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent “tens of thousands” more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,” and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

A Palin aide said: “Governor Palin was not directing staffers to put anything on their personal credit cards, and anything that staffers put on their credit cards has been reimbursed, like an expense. Nasty and false accusations following a defeat say more about the person who made them than they do about Governor Palin.”

it’s about half way down the page:

http://www.newsweek.com/id/167581

5 11 2008
plwalsh

OMG, she is a true loony.

5 11 2008
shoeho

Yeah, I didn’t get Joe re Rahm either.

I thought RE would be COS, so I didn’t find it a surprise. It’s a POLITICAL position, not a government job for the most part.

The WHCOS has to know how the legislative stuff really works, plus, how the party works. Rahm is a winner on both counts having run the DCCC and been in Congress. He and BHO both come out of the Chicago Dem “machine” so why is this a surprise to anyone?

5 11 2008
plwalsh

Well, the conservatives and Republicans are just acting weird today. Hard to assess anything they are saying because they seem to be in some sort of shock. Even on his own panel, no one agreed with Morning Joe on Rahm.

5 11 2008
Owl

I am one of the loyal lurkers. I just wanted to express my deep gratitude to AKM and all you wonderful mudpuppies. I have learned, laughed and marveled at you here in the shadows.

5 11 2008
Hindsite2020

AKM, Thank you for getting my wife and me through all of this. Without you and the Mudpuppies I think we would have gone crazy fearing a Palin presidency.
I am a 56 year old man who openly wept last night, unashamedly. I finally can see hope at the end of this strange journey.

5 11 2008
Susan in PA

I recall a while ago here on Mudflats someone commenting that Sarah’s problem is that she does not differentiate between her public and private life – they are one and the same to her. So of course she felt entitled to buy clothes for her family on the Republicans’ dime, just like she had no problem charging the state of Alaska to stay in her own home and fly her kids hither and yon whenever she felt like having them with her. I hope Alaskans will hold her feet to the fire from now on and not let her keep sticking them with bills that are hers to pay.

5 11 2008
strangelet Hussein

Mollys Mum (05:44:48) :

Obama has offered the Chief of Staff position to Rahm Emanuel. A controversial move. Please discuss!
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Actually, I see it as a political move. 1. Rahm is a good organizer and will probably make a good chief of staff. 2. It eliminates one of the possible contenders to be appointed to O’s Senate seat, in a nice way.

5 11 2008
plwalsh

Speaking of Chicago, did anyone else who volunteered for the campaign think it was something like Ward Politics?

5 11 2008
Road Runner

Indiana goes to Barack.

5 11 2008
Hawk

HollyInBlueNYC (06:16:17) :

Here’s a question—— ARE YOU GOING TO RECALL HER BETCHANESS??

I would be delighted, nay, THRILLED, to contribute cash money to an effort to unseat this arrogant incurious embarrassment.
_______________

I’m all for contributing, too. Somebody let us know where to send money. I gave money to Obama, the first time I gave any money to any politician. I’m 58. It felt good to give to a worthy cause. I want to do it again.

5 11 2008
mmboucher (Florida)

Thank you AKM, I have to say after listening to Babe buchanan on cnn saying Mccain/Palin were going to win because of divine intervention, and Sarah saying yesterday in Alaska that they would will with the help of god, don’t these “christians” know that there are no favors for liars and dishonest followers?

5 11 2008
Lulu

HAPPY DAYS!

Oh, here is a link on Daily Kos about how much MORE Palin spent on clothes than previously reported….and that McCain didn’t know how much she had spent, and that McCain aide Steve Schmidt denied Palin a chance to speak last night:

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/11/5/103734/750/732/654234

5 11 2008
ocliberal

SP only knows AK politics where it is apparently an unwritten rule that you must try to fleece the government for everything you can.

Another interesting SP note. Apparently she had requested to speak at McCain’s concession speech! But was turned down by McCain’s staff.

Does this woman’s tackiness have no ends? What was she going to say? “Sorry the old guy lost, but be sure to vote for me in 4 years! I’ll be needing a whole new wardrobe by then…”

But I take heart that many tell-all accounts will be surfacing now that the campaign is over. I think we will find out exactly why a top McCain staffer referred to the good Governor as a ‘whacko’. Inquiring minds NEED to know!

5 11 2008
mmboucher (Florida)

sorry, correction “they would win”

5 11 2008
SMR

Don’t worry about Bible Spice appointing herself to Ted’s seat. There is no longer any scenario where that is possible. Hard-fought battle here in AK after Frank Murkowski appointed his daughter to his seat, and Alaskans won!

5 11 2008
shoeho

plwalsh –well, in a weird, way bigger way, sorta. When you work in a small town election (I never did “big city” stuff) or I imagine in a ward, everyone on the team knows what his or her job is, how to get it done and there is someone coordinating. This was a very well run, organized campaign, so yes, there are probably a lot of similarities.

5 11 2008
va_soccer_mom

Ociliberal said: “But I take heart that many tell-all accounts will be surfacing now that the campaign is over.”

We don’t have to wait too long…Newsweek has already started releasing the details (which they couldn’t do until after the election). Highlights and Chapter 1 can be found here:

http://www.newsweek.com/id/167581

5 11 2008
Road Runner

Check out CNN. The world is celebrating – Australia, Indonesia, Kenya(national holiday), China,

5 11 2008
Angela

Good morning all! Wow – to be part of such an exciting and positive historical event! I am still in awe that our country could put aside differences and vote for the first African-American president of our country. As a nation we have come a long way from our founding.

Thanks to you Mudpuppies and especially to AKM for providing an environment were we could provide each other much needed support especially during the past two months. You have all saved my sanity.

I am sure SP will face the music when she comes back up here to Alaska.

Enjoy this historic moment with a new President elect Obama!

5 11 2008
va_soccer_mom

rf11 in FL said: “Barnicle finally spoke up and said, “Rahm would be working for his boss.” In other words, Obama will be calling the shots.”

Exactly. The administration needs someone who is not afraid to keep the Dems in line, too.

5 11 2008
Debbie aka Commando coalfire Palin

Hey AKM we did it. I am working from home today. Last night I showed up at the town bar, something I never do, but I knew alot of my employees were planning to meet there to watch the election. While there was much speculation no one knew who I supported during the election there was much speculation, now they all know. I bought them a round told them to drink up and then go home to bed as we have furnaces to fire up today (idle for almost 6 months) we have two huge new orders to fill and more coming in. Seems alot of the world has just been waiting and watching to see what would happen, now they are weighing in with their vote of confidence that things will now move in a better direction.
I want to thank you mudpuppies for your tireless work for President elect Obama. We have much work to do yet but it will be made easier by a president who is on our side. As a student of history I know just what we have accomplished, among other things we have for the moment stopped the slow slide into facisim we have been on for a few years now. All you have to do is read some of the hateful comments of the right wing to see where we were headed.
Alaskans, you have my condolances, sharpen your pitchforks and light your torches in preperation for the return of Sarah, let her know it won’t be business as usual anymore that you deserve better in a governer than you have been getting from her. Hold her feet to the fire and make her do right by you. Whatever we can do to help just let us know.
Victory is sweet mudpuppies, now it’s time to get to work.

5 11 2008
JESinTX aka Grill Igloo Palin

AKM – you are a jewel. Thank you so much for bringing us all together and being our ray of sunshine even when clouds were thick.

Snoskred and others, thank you as well.

Let’s all continue to stay in touch. I know I will think of you every time I raise my Mudflats mug or carry anything in my Mudflats tote!

Congratulations Mudflatters! We did it!!!

5 11 2008
Goalie Sanka Palin in NM

Well let the Alaskan mudslinging begin. SP is going to have a rough time coming home when all these suppressed stories come to light now that the election is over.

I have no doubt that she went “rougue” when given free reign blanc on her shopping spree (or so she assumed). I’m sure that Newsweek’s story is just the tip of the iceberg. Soon, we will be treated to the outing of Babygate, Housegate and all the other gates she has bulldozed through. This is about to get very interesting.

5 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@rf11 in FL (06:36:45) :

oclib, amen. I voted on the infamous butterfly ballot, and knew there was going to be a problem as soon as I voted. 2000 about killed me, too.

Tell me about it! I voted in FLorida by absentee ballot in 2000! One of the famous absentee ballots that probably got dumped directly into the circular file!

—-
This whole story of Palin reminds of a book that I have had since I was a kid called “The Magic Fish” a book that truly fascinated me. A poor fisherman (Todd) who lived in an old hut by the sea (Wasilla). One day while out fishing, he catches a large fish who says “put me back in the water, I am a magic fish”. So the fisherman throws the fish back into the water. When he tells his wife (Sarah) about it that night, she says “Silly man! Why didn’t you make a wish? Go back and tell him I wish for a pretty house !” He does, and the fish grants the wish (built in Wasilla by Todd and his “buddies”). Sarah is happy for one week. She then commands her husband (Todd) to go back and have the fish change the house for a castle (a Governor’s Mansion). Again, deed done. Happy again for one week. Each week she sends her husband back and orders him to ask for something grander : to be Queen of the Land (Vice President). Finally she sends her husband back to the Magic Fish and commands to be made the Queen of the Sun, the Moon and the Stars (President). This time the Fish (obviously McCain or the RNP) gets furious and screams “NO!” to poor Todd. Todd returns to Alaska to find Sarah back in her poor hut….. and (the story ends) there they are to this very day.

5 11 2008
plwalsh

There was something about working on the Obama campaign that seemed very new and something that seemed very old fashioned. The heavy emphasis on canvassing was part of both sides. Several pundits said it goes back to community organizing techniques. It also seemed to me like the old Democratic/Progressive politics of the 1930s and 40s. I lived in an old immigrant neighborhood where I saw the very last bit of that.

5 11 2008
Irish in FL

WOW..what a night….and a new dawn beginning!!!! I actually slept thru an entire night last night….and with Florida gone blue to boot!!!!!! (even tho he could’ve won without FL, it’s nice that we helped him along!!!)

Hope AKM keeps going….have a feeling Goalie Sanka Palin in NM’s right…this is about to get very interesting indeed!!!!!!

5 11 2008
plwalsh

Why haven’t they called North Carolina yet? According to the state election board site, all the votes are tabulated and reported.

5 11 2008
DLB in PDX

AKM,

I can honestly say that you and your blog played an important part of my daily news junkie life – Mudflats was my ‘First Read’ every day. You so deserve the award for Best Political Blog. In addition to the information you posted, I have to say that your writing is excellent, insightful, witty, and just plain fun to read. What a great way to start my day.

I intend to keep following Alaska politics. It’s like reading a clever novel: I have to know how the next chapters play out. What is next for Sarah and the state? Will she have ‘learned’ anything from her blind ambition?

5 11 2008
Sparky

Good morning from West Coast America. So very saddened by Prop 8 (more work to do, I guess…I’m up for it). I am so happy about our new President and Vice President, their beautiful families and their great hearts. I can’t even express it. I’m off to work but wanted to say hi to all wonderful mudpuppies, AKM thank you, shout out to Brian, Brenda and Li’l Moose. Funny how we all found each other at such a time in America’s history.

Obama/Biden 2008 “Yes we did”

5 11 2008
rpahk

AKM: it is we who should thank you for providing a beacon of sanity in an otherwise insane (at times) campaign. (raises coffee mug): to AKM!

5 11 2008
Sparky

Sparky “heart” Joe Biden 😉

5 11 2008
scarlet in Oregon

Finally slept through the night and woke to feeling hope after such a long time.

Unfortunately people like Michele Bachmann got back in….please sign the petition to have her censured…we can’t affort her kind of mentality to get away with slander.

http://www.censurebachmann.com/

5 11 2008
Augie

Just read the Newsweek article. OMG what is wrong with this woman?!!! Prancing around in just a towel!!! Yeah, that’s sooooo professional.
Okay, I need ya’ll’s help. Been looking all morning for some post-election statement or video from Palin. Since they wouldn’t let her speak last night and all the behind-the-scenes stuff is about to come out, I’m curious to see how she’s going to toss the blame. Anybody have anything?

5 11 2008
Goalie Sanka Palin in NM

This Clothesgate information just now being released makes me think that there is going to be a bit more digging in AK – I just wonder how many more cookies SP helped herself to out of the proverbial Alaskan cookie jar? How bold was it of her to help her self to clothes for her and her family at the two most expensive stores on the planet?

I’ll just bet Ms. Palin did not sleep well last evening.

5 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

Hey again Sparky!

5 11 2008
Democrat G (formerly "G")

I am exhausted. I am coming down with a VERY small cold. BUT I AM ECSTATIC!

First, this website is a breathe of fresh air and instead of planning my demise from the USA, I just vented on here and read all the wonderful posts to calm my nerves and try to think everything would be okay.

Second, PLEASE do not allow Palin to get away with ANYTHING Alaska! That woman was STOPPED for now, but she needs to be COMPLETELY stopped! She is a thief, a liar, a complete whacko, a vile, pathetic, slimey creature that came from the depths of hell, and Alaska needs to send her to jail. This is my VERY STRONG opinion, but I think you all feel this way as well.

Housegate, travel money, and so much more. MAKE HER PAY IT ALL BACK! From the Newsweek article, clothese are missing. PEOPLE in ALASKA! Get pictures from the internet of Palin in EVERYTHING she wore for the past few months. If you see her wearing ANY of it again, get a picture and DESTROY HER! Be proud soldiers in this war!

And everyone else in this country and world. Be attentive and do NOT let people like Sarah Palin in our government! Oklahoma should be ASHAMED of itself for that nasty Nazi they elected! VILE!

IMPEACH OR RECALL PALIN! START TODAY! DO NOT LET HER THINK FOR A SECOND SHE WILL EVER GET CLOSE TO ANYTHING HIGHER THAN A CASHIER AT THE NEW WAL MART IN ALASKA! MAKE HER PAY ALL THE MONEY I FEEL SHE STOLE FROM ALASKA. And, as soon as she gets home, stand there with a sign that says YOU PACKED FOR THE WHITE HOUSE, BUT DO NOT UNPACK CAUSE YOU ARE MOVING OUT OF YOUR HOUSE IN WASILLA AND THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION YOU LYING THIEFING WASTE OF HUMANITY!!!

HA HA HA HA!! You know Sarah is crying and on serious pills cause all the voices in her head have turned on her and she does not understand why her divine calling did not happen!! LOL!!!

5 11 2008
nadabrahma

The loss must have felt devastating.
Emotionally, something like this is really the worst that can happen to a narcissist.

5 11 2008
Denise ThatOneFromMSgaAZca

Much gratitude to AKM for devoting so much of her time (sympathies about your house, I fear many of us can relate) to provide this vibrant and vital blog. You have kept folks gripped with curiosity—in AK, the lower 48, and the greater world—informed of local AK events and news that suddenly impacted all of us. You have meant so much to so many.

Many thanks to all Muddies for insightful comments, biting humor, compassionate solace, and friendship.

Together, let us proceed into the purple dawn to discover previously unseen blooms unfurl exotic petals and offer fragrant blessings. Being ever wary of lurking dragons, for monsters will rise. United together, we will slay those which can not be tamed. Together, we can.

5 11 2008
bPoint

Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast

Palin goes under the bus and the tires have their winter studs and chains.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/167581/page/1

5 11 2008
Goalie Sanka Palin in NM

@nadabrahma,

Narcissists never believe that anything is their fault…the fault always lies with others. I think we will see a defiant and angry woman returning to Alaska with revenge on her mind. I also think we will be hearing Todd singing a few things that have not already been brought to light. Just my gut feeling.

5 11 2008
Road Runner
5 11 2008
plwalsh

Looks like Palin is destined for one of three fates:

1. Complete obscurity back in Alaska.
2. A marginal national role as the darling of fringe groups and small third parties, sort of a right-wing Ralph Nader.
3. A slot in the politico-entertainment media sideshow.

Big question is whether the Republicans will end up as a fringe group or small third party.

5 11 2008
0whole1

Is Stevens really gonna win?

http://www.adn.com/elections/story/579005.html

Yikes.

5 11 2008
Nisperos

Hat’s off to AKM! A Muckracker in the grand tradition of folks like Robert Scheer, Louis Lomax, Donovan Bess, William Turner, Warren Hinckle, Sol Stern, Don Duncan, Gene Marine, David Welsh, et. al…

Sure would LOVE to see the complete end to Caribou Barbie and First Dude…

As described in a 1965 Ramparts article by Donovan Bess entitled The Menace of the Barbie Dolls:

“…This year about six million [girls] are playing Barbie, who isn’t the kind of woman you would want to hug (unless you are a GI just coming back from a year in the Aleutians). Barbie is a frigid-looking teenager who somehow, through the magic eyes of childhood, is able to be simultaneously a sorority girl, a bride, a career girl, a debutante and a general all-around Superwoman…

Barbie is 11½ inches tall and has the long, unnatural legs of a Soviet female Olympic 800-meter runner. Her breast development, of course, is that of a healthy American woman of twenty. She can wear wigs in blonde, ash-blonde, platinum, brunette and titian. Her eyelids, to borrow Walter Pater’s phrase about Mona Lisa, are ‘a trifle weary.’ Last year she appeared in stores looking like a coed in a red jersey swimsuit. But in the 1965 deluxe model, she has been promoted; she looks very much like a bored but well-subsidized suburban matron: she sits in a stylish garden swing besides a planter, wearing a pink swimsuit with a matching fluffy bathing hat, matching earrings and matching high-heeled pumps. She looks as though she were waiting for a lover (the kind who would bring her a dozen American Beauty roses, sit at her feet all evening long and never go near the bedroom)…

The fiction and feature articles in the fan magazines depict these dolls as having upper-upper-class incomes and lower-middle-class tastes. Barbie is 100 per cent Caucasian, and she never associates with a racially impure person… There is little or no evidence that they ever read books or listen to music. Clothes and money seem to motivate their conversations and strategies…

One feels sorry for the small boys who will grow up to be the men in their lives. A solution may be found in the work of Remco Industries, Incorporated, in Harrison, New Jersey. This company has developed a doll called ‘GI Joe’ -‘America’s Movable Fighting Man.’ After some hours of sincere play with GI Joe, your boy might well become more impolite, hateful, sadistic and subhumanly mean than he now is…”

5 11 2008
Mainlander

Thank you for all your efforts. It’s people like you who have made this happen! I have a new deep respect for Alaska and can’t wait to visit.

5 11 2008
Road Runner

Palin 0h012 is speaking on MSNBC

5 11 2008
Denise ThatOneFromMSgaAZca

Road Runner (07:51:41) :
The song at the last can’t be missed. BIG smile.

5 11 2008
the problem child

Happy birthday, MJC from Georgia!

5 11 2008
enjay AKA Turbine Yukon

Anyone see Bush-speak this morning??

Think he wanted to choke

5 11 2008
Goalie Sanka Palin in NM

I missed SP on MSNBC, but it looks like she is going to be on Fox next…one of my first Fox tune ins….grin!!

5 11 2008
mickeymusing

I thought Palin looked close to tears during McCain’s concession speech (and credit where it’s due–he gave a very gracious speech). Did anyone else notice that? Not that I would blame her. She gambled her state career for a national victory that didn’t happen. Has to be a hard pill to swallow.

After the initial Obama projection sank in, my son’s first comment was “thank God, Palin won’t be VP. I can sleep tonight.”

5 11 2008
Brother Meat Hussein

Owwww, my head hurts.

Thanks AKM, I hope you realize how huge a role you’ve played.
Thanks mudpuppies for your enthusiasm and inspiration.

Now the hard work begins. I am trying my best to be gracious in victory, it’s kinda hard when you haven’t won in a loooong time.

The Mrs wanted me to post some thoughts:

Rosa sat
So Martin could walk.
Martin walked
So Barack could run.
Barack ran
So our children can fly.

Believe it.

5 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Palin leaving the Biltmore – heading back to the people of Alaska – talking about how busy she has been, working “full time” as a governor, while campaigning. Now – “to get back to a normal routine, putting my attention to the people of Alaska, whom I am accountable to.”

Go nuts Alaska!

5 11 2008
more cowbell

*clink*

I am not a frequent commenter — this place just got so BIG so FAST – but I am here multiple times daily. You’ve done a great job here, AKM, really. I have the highest admiration for you.

I guess this means Brian won’t be Veep after all.

5 11 2008
Mother Who Thinks

My eyes! My eyes!

” At the GOP convention in St. Paul, Palin was completely unfazed by the boys’ club fraternity she had just joined. One night, Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter went to her hotel room to brief her. After a minute, Palin sailed into the room wearing nothing but a towel, with another on her wet hair. She told them to chat with her laconic husband, Todd. “I’ll be just a minute,” she said.”

–from the same Newsweek column cited above.

5 11 2008
plwalsh

Palin must feel like the Cinderella who didn’t lose a slipper.

5 11 2008
plwalsh

Palin probably learned that wet towel trick in college.

5 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

I just read the Newsweek article and I think that a whole lot more is waiting to come out and then it’s all gonna hit the fan! She’s gonna wish that she never said “You betcha” to McCain without blinking first!

5 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

RE: Stevens. I hope a big amount of those uncounted early votes were from the great progressives in Alaska who voted early. I don’t understand why these weren’t added to the vote totals upfront. I believe they are everywhere else in the country. I hope in the end there will be better numbers from Alaska for Obama, too.

5 11 2008
Dragnlady in CA

I have to add my thanks for this blog. I found it after Palin was announced as the VP candidate. I’m one of the lurkers, but feel I need to voice my thanks for the humor and sanity you provided me.

All of you here embody what Obama has been saying. We all belong to the community we call the United States, or dare I say even the community of the world.

So to all of you here, I raise my glass in salute.

5 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

plwalsh — I think Palin is like Cinderella, whose pumpkin coach just left without her. She looked pretty scraggly in the lobby of the Biltmore just now. Wonder how she is getting back to Alaska. I like how she wanted to speak last night and McCain folks vetoed that idea. She can do the 2012 stuff on SNL – but not at his concession speech.

5 11 2008
Texdude

BREAKING on Palin: Newsweek is reporting she spent EVEN MORE on clothes than originally reported. Supposedly, Nicolle Wallace told her to go and buy three suits for the convention, and, well, we know what happened! Now they are reporting that she spent $20 to $40K on clothes for TODD! And these expenses were put on the credit cards of lower level staffers and just submitted to the McCain campaign last week (they were/are furious!), so it’s not on the official reports yet!

Don’t have a link but go to Newsweek on line……………..

texdude

5 11 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

Not sure if you’ve seen this yet – SP’s spending spree much wors than thought!!

Tee Hee – the dogs are let loose!!

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/11/5/103734/750/732/654234

5 11 2008
Marty (VA) Barack "Mr. President-Elect" Obama

News Alert..🙂 Recovered from the trash at the McFailin hotel last night…

Palin Acceptance Speech, final edit.

My Fellow Americans,

As many of you know, I had the glorious and God given task to run for President , I mean Vice President with my BFF, John Sidney McCain. The honor and incredibleness of this day has been forever etched as my best experience as both a maverick and and a uniter. We must resolve to strive to achieve those highest possible goals as possible to achieve them with most achievers that achieve their highest potential.

Today, as the election has come to a close, it’s my great pleasure to not look backwards or playing the name-game and I won’t be playing anything negativity about my special gift from God to be the leader, I mean co-leader, I mean, there is so much to say about being a Diva, and Yes, I am now positive about the greateness of myself and Alaska and all her most amazing beauty and the excitement of being a Govenor but that has grown to the extent that I don’t feel the humbleness to appreciate the job before me.

I must express much joy and admiration to the people running against me, and for their ultimate cheating and smearing of my great name, the great name of Alaska and America and for saying mean things about my goodness and my best dude Todd, who is the greatest snowmachiner ever in the land of goodness. I have several children, Piper, Willow, Track, Toad, Horatio and Glorius. Many had asked I release my medical records, and for that honor and duty, i turned to my friend and doctor pal who wrote all you need to know about me and all you’ll ever know as my medical records were shredded into confetti last night.

I must thank the goodness and specialness of the Republican party for buying my family this most wonderfulness of a God-given wardrobe that came from consignment stores like Saks Consigments and Neiman Marcus Consigments. Those special stores only sell special things that makes me special. There’s nothing more special than spending $2300 on a pair of lace panties since it makes me feel more than special, it makes me appreciative for special silkiness which is so wonderful.

I want to announce, as per the wonderful and grand Constitution of America, I will be taking my place as President by invoking the rule in there somewhere around the 3rd page that says the Alaskans running for special offices get preferences over the less special non-Alaskans. All those who doubt my authority, can talk to my hand. I will be too self-absorbed to bother listening.

My tenure of course, is now over in Alaska as the limelight I’ve experienced as just so amazing that God blessed me with such goodness to be able to serve these wonderful people in all the great small cities where real Americans live and thank you for all the wonderful priviledges to have succeeded as something as special as I’ve accomplished.

Tonight, I will rest and go on vacation to tahiti, as I still have a GOP debit card, and the greatness about this debit card as it never runs out of money and as such, means my special God given right to go to Tahiti is fixed in the plans of Greatness God has in store for me.

I must leave now as I see people running towards the podium and i have a feeling they found the Rolls I bought yesterday. God loves me and God loves America. The rest of you, I don’t think as much.

5 11 2008
va_soccer_mom

Celebration in Richmond, VA: I just watched the noon news. They reported that about 2000 people spontaneously gathered in the Virginia Commonwealth University area, on a main road (Broad St.) near the Obama HQ, to celebrate. Then the crowd marched down Broad Street to our state capitol building (a mile or more), where they sang the National Anthem. (The police described it as “peaceful” and no incidents were reported…but we knew that!)

I’ve gotten choked up a lot in the last 24+ hours, but this really got to me.

5 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

mickeymusing (07:58:59) :

I thought Palin looked close to tears during McCain’s concession speech (and credit where it’s due–he gave a very gracious speech). Did anyone else notice that?

I absolutely did notice that too. I really think that she thought they had it all wrapped up. Remember that her staff kept her away from the newspapers and tv, so between that and her narcissism beng fed by those big crowds, she probably never dreamed that they would lose.

And I betcha that McCain was furious that he had lost his gamble with her or he was pissed that he got stuck with her.

5 11 2008
C.Rock

Just heard Palin will be home today ……Buckle up Alaska I have a feeling it will be a ruff ride.

5 11 2008
Texdude

Here’s the Newsweek link, also: http://www.newsweek.com/id/167581

5 11 2008
CO Almost Native

To AKM and the mudpuppies-

Has anyone heard updates on MO, IN, NC- and of course, Alaska?

Celebrate, smile- and AKM, we will be with you as you and Alaskans with integrity try to clean up your state’s politics.

On the future, one-I hope- finds citizens of all political persuasions working together to rebuild our country, economically as well as our reputation.

(And turning CB into a troll, kicking her out onto the mudflats.)

5 11 2008
plwalsh

I really don’t think Palin thought they were going to win. I think the tears were in response to her fury at being cut out of the concession speech. Of course, VPs don’t speak when the top of the ticket is throwing in the towel. Just another example of her gigantic ego and over-reach.

5 11 2008
Susan in PA

Wasn’t sure if anyone else had seen this on Newsweek’s story, Secrets of the 2008 Campaign – http://www.newsweek.com/id/167581/page/2

“At the GOP convention in St. Paul, Palin was completely unfazed by the boys’ club fraternity she had just joined. One night, Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter went to her hotel room to brief her. After a minute, Palin sailed into the room wearing nothing but a towel, with another on her wet hair. She told them to chat with her laconic husband, Todd. “I’ll be just a minute,” she said.”

OMG!! The more I hear about this woman, the more I don’t get her. She was only wearing a towel around these men?!! Can you imagine Joe Biden showing up in just a towel with female campaign workers? She just blows my mind~

5 11 2008
Elrond Hubbard

Mudflatters, I will count on you to keep me informed of what Sarah Palin does next. I’m very interested in knowning. Will she become a featured speaker on the evangelical circuit? Will her pregnant daughter really marry that guy?

5 11 2008
MizKay

@va_soccer_mom (08:08:26) :
similar to the students in Rochester, but they tried it in the middle of the night and were too noisy and happy, and the police came and arrested those who didn’t obey their warning to be quiet and go home.
I’m seriously thinking EGG on the faces of the RPD.

5 11 2008
Taupe Armageddon Palin

Just read a Newsweek article saying not only that Palin spend far more on clothing than previously reported, she pranced around her MSP hotel room clad only in a towel in front of McCain senior staff! What a wannabe diva!

But, the big news here … she wanted to speak last night and McCain’s staff vetoed her request. So, perhaps that explains the tears?

Here’s the link on HuffPo:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/05/palin-once-greeted-mccain_n_141394.html

5 11 2008
C.Rock

Jamie, Floridian in France (08:08:30) :

mickeymusing (07:58:59) :
……………….
I also thought Todd had this really Cold odd look almost distance,

5 11 2008
CO Almost Native

@Texdude-

“An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast”

LOL! That’s quite a visual…snicker…

Thanks, Newsweek-

5 11 2008
Stepper Choke

Thanks again and again, AKM for all your hard work — looking forward to following your mud-splashing/muck-raking as la Palin and Convic-Ted continue on their happy trail, ripping off Alaska (and the rest of the US). Should be fun!

5 11 2008
BeeJay

To AKM and all mudpuppies everywhere,

Thank you! I’ve been lurking for a few weeks now, daily reading of the perils and pitfalls of Alaskan politics. It has been fun, entertaining, and above all, educational.

Now that we have accomplished what was once unthinkable we need to roll up our sleeves and begin the hard work. What can we in the lower 48 do to help Alaskans rid themselves of SP and Ted? Let us know what we can do.

It has been a blast reading the wonderful comments from all over the world here. Who knew?

What a day it has been, what a time it is to live in!

BeeJay,
who lives at the southern end of the Alaska Marine Highway System. (look it up!)

5 11 2008
MomsHugs (aka Eve)

Thanks to: Tired Mom (VA), libbs, Goalie Sanka Palin in NM, eajphd Wolves Run Free for ALL your kind & wonderful suggestions. I’m composed now THANKS to you! After throwing them all in & distilling… listening to Obama’s speech & distilling some more, the message finally came together. In case anyone else may need it….

God works in mysterious ways as you know. This was an election for President, not a messiah. You may be disappointed over the election, but Obama is now OUR nation’s President. He’s also a committed Christian who is more than just a great speaker. He really means what he said last night — “And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be YOUR president, too.”

Please remember what McCain said last night & read Obama’s entire speech: http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/results/president/speeches/obama-victory-speech.html

5 11 2008
horrified new yorker

Thank you AKM for your tireless and tremendous efforts during the last 68 days!! I am looking forward to the next round here re: Gov. Sarah….with that hopefully being her decline in AK. Sarah’s pandora’s box has been opened and from what I can see, it doesn’t look pretty.

Here’s to the next four, if not more, years of Obama!

5 11 2008
Tess In TX

My appreciation to AKM and all you Mudpuppies for keeping me sane, informed and for feeding my addiction during the past few months. It’s truly been a pleasure coming to this site each day (many times each day) to be with like-minded souls in search for a better America.
I’m still pinching myself this morning with disbelief and exhilaration but I know that the work on both the national and Alaskan fronts are just beginning, as it is here in TX. I look forward to returning here each day to read about what’s going on in AK politics (yes, specifically Sarah Palin and Ted Stevens and their ilk) but also to read your comments and observations and to peruse your links & sources. Thanks go out to all of you!

And, um…since you’re taking Gov. Palin back, could you make room for George W. up there somewhere? We don’t want him back in Texas particularly. 😉

5 11 2008
Merry Prankster

Great night …. moving slow this morning but extremely happy! WTF with Stevens though. We have more crooked politicians in NY than we can count, but we don’t relect them once they are convicted of felonies!

5 11 2008
Democrat G (formerly "G")

mickeymusing: Sarah was crying and she was LITERALLY scared! The fear in her eyes and the fear in Todd’s eyes was UNBELIEVABLE! It was GORGEOUS! It looked like they were being lined up to be executed. AND THEY WILL BE! Republicans are VERY spiteful. They are going to DESTROY Sarah Palin and Todd Palin for EVERYTHING they had to do for them: Troopergate coverup costing MILLIONS, ruining the party, ruining the election, going ROGUE, spending spending spending, and thinking SHE WAS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT! She took a HUGE gamble and her life is OVER in the public eye (except MAYBE on FOX or as a speaker (which btw is probably going to happen – heads up – you heard it here first that she will get an agent – can’t say more). CRY PALIN CRY! SO MANY PEOPLE HATE YOU! Go get a voodoo doll and hire a witch doctor to heal your blues as you have to figure out how to pay for your daughter’s baby, you lose all your big friends, and soon go to jail for STEALING and NOT PAYING TAXES ON GIFTS, and ROT! BYE BITCH!

5 11 2008
Goalie Sanka Palin in NM

@Brother Meat Hussein (07:59:10),

Your Mrs. is a wise woman. I’m going to memorize that.

5 11 2008
Di

Thank you, from this New Zealander living in Belgium. I checked in every day until Italy lured me away from the American election that was none of my business except for the fact that I could see that my wandering would be seriously compromised if McCain and his idiot sidekick were elected to lead America.

My daughter picked up on your site and kept me informed but congratulations on a job well-done.

5 11 2008
sparkleball

Thank you AKM for your work and for all the contributions by this amazing group of people. The people elected Barack Obama. The people said YES.

It’s a bittersweet day here in California. The haters snuck Prop 8 past us while we were so busy fretting over the presidency. They’ve managed to amend our state constitution denying rights to a large segment of our state population. The work is not over, as President-elect Obama, knows.

One people sees the promised land, another degraded to second-class citizens. Oh, America.

5 11 2008
katbur

I wanted to thank you. You’ve been working hard to let the rest of us know the dirty little secrets of an “exotic” locale. The information you have shared helped defeat McCain/Palin and open the door to the future for this country.

Thank you!!! aftercancernowwhat.wordpress.com

5 11 2008
AME in CA

YES WE CAN!!!

5 11 2008
Enough Already

It has been a while since I have posted. It was hard to read here and not chime in but knew that all was being held down by my mudflat family and I just luxuriated in the posts and wonderful comments whenever I could steal time.
I still have my open ticket to visit Alaska, but alas was unable to make the journey before this historic day.

At this time I tired and weary. AND OVERJOYED! To the point that mere words seem hollow to me.

I need to start with an attempt to THANK YOU ALL. Especially AKMuckracker.

You see at a time when I was so low. Clinging on to the last remnants of hope, almost ready to just give up, I found your blog. I couldn’t believe that his candidacy would reveal the twisted ideology of my peers and subordinates at work. It has been like working on a movie set filled with O’Reilly, Hannity, Colmes and Dobbs clones. Every day I had to face a new tirade based on the previous evenings right-wing rants.

For me coming here was more than therapeutic, I found a healing of my soul and spirit here. I was renewed here, I cried and laughed here. I wanted to hug and shower so many of you with love, kisses and hugs here. I found a new family here, a family that is so beautiful I thanked God for it’s blessings daily.

And now I once again THANK YOU ALL. You will never know how your posts affected me and I am just getting an idea myself.
Through this political process I was near madness, at times deep in despair over the possibility that once again America would vote against its own best interests and not look to the future and change.

I also want to thank Sarah Palin. It was her acceptance of the nomination that brought me here. That put that crucial nail in the coffin of McCain’s presidency. That gave me a segue and the verve to face the detractors at work head on and share the vision of an America with Barack Obama as President with those who were literally laughing in front and behind my back.

It was hard to spend my days around so many people who could not see this dream or cared for it to come true.
I would come home and share the stories of the new ways my GOP laden co-workers would taunt me with my husband and he would hug me and comfort me, but I was tired of coming home with bad news, turning the other cheek and trying to reason with the unreasonable.

I just thought of you AK and what you must endure in Alaska every day and pressed on.

See God gives us all what we need when we ask for it. I asked for an oasis and a source of strength and he gave me you all.

For that I owe an unmeasurable debt. I vow to pay it forward and do my part to make my community a better place in ANY way I can.

I have hope that things will change around here. After taking off yesterday to work the polls near my other home in the Bronx I came in this morning to three beautiful floral arrangements on my desk.

One with the note “Congrats”, one other saying “President Obama” one unsigned. Everyone here is quiet today, but I see the smiles in the eyes of those that I know cast that ballot for Obama and will never admit it openly. This is New York City for Gods sake, but the flowers remind me that some choose to go along, to get along even against their very heart and common sense.

5 11 2008
mickeymusing

And the real dirt starts sifting through. From Newsweek:

NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin’s shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain’s top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family—clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent “tens of thousands” more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,” and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

5 11 2008
jadewillowmilian

My Thoughts

5 11 2008
sparkleball

“Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast” And that just says it all. . .

5 11 2008
mickeymusing

Actually, the whole Newsweek article is pretty enlightening. Here’s the link:

http://www.newsweek.com/id/167581/page/1

5 11 2008
sparkleball

I’m pretty old. 56 in people years. But I’m pretty smart for having been raised in Texas (an east coast education works wonders on rednecks.) I believe this election was won in large part by bloggers like AKM who did the work the MSM used to do but has abandoned now in their search for profits.

As my wise husband said, blogs are the towncriers, the self-published pamphlets (think Thoreau, Emerson), the poster-pasters of our age.

Yes, you did, AKM!

5 11 2008
Let'sGetReal for "ThatOne"

I cried like a baby last night! Didn’t get much sleep, but woke up early! I feel so good today!

5 11 2008
C.Rock

On CNN I just heard alot more about Sarah Palin will be comming out in the next couple days. Lower 48 is not done with her yet. Now she doesnt have McCain to back her. LMAO

5 11 2008
Mae in baracuda country...

The country is Blue!
Except Alaska.
Sarah is coming back to Alaska.

The saga of Cuda County, An Alaskan soap opera continues.

Scene three:
After losing her bid for VP, Cuda returns to Alaska to hunt down and capture former US Congressional Rep. Don Young. Cuda’s hunt is sucessfull.

While out on the hunt, Cuda and her husband Todd discover the Connco Phillips oil company secretly building a gasline.

Cuda’s hunky husband Todd decides to cooperate with US Marshals and go under cover to find some hard evidence on the newly discovered, hidden gasline.

However the undercover job is a total wash for Todd, because the moment he got his job, he lost it, due to his Alaska Native bloodline and anti-native mafia on all large construction projects in Alaska. The US Marshals must re-group and re think their efforts to find more info on the hidden gasline venture.

Meanwhile Todd returns to Wasilla to assist Cuda in governing the State of Alaska. He aspires to go fishing and catch a guppy.

5 11 2008
0whole1

> Palin probably learned that wet towel trick in college.

One of ’em, anyway.

5 11 2008
More Light than Heat

It’s approaching 10 a.m. here, and I’m still almost in shock at the momentous nature of yesterday.

AKM, there aren’t words sufficient to express my gratitude for providing a sanctuary for us to share our hopes and our fears, to vent when needed, to gain support. Your writing is delightful, incisive, and filled with the needed amount of humor to preserve sanity, and I look forward to remaining a faithful Mudpup as you brave Alaskans continue on your journey to muck out the muck.

My house will slowly return to a semblance of order. Laundry will get done AND folded AND put away. I’ll re-acquaint myself with my vacuum cleaner and my dust cloth.

To my fellow wanderers on the Flats, a huge thank you to all of you. Without your intelligence, your wit, and your commitment to truth, these last few months would have been impossible to endure. You’ve continually provided oxygen to my faint blue light here in a red, red, red part of California. I count you among my friends. So, I’d like to take this opportunity to announce to you that there will be a significant change in my life between now and the end of the year. My guy and I will be getting married. And now, I’m off for a much-needed visit to my hairdresser, then to hit the local department store and a florist…. Even at this age, and even though we’re planning a very small, very simple civil ceremony, I want to honor the occasion. Talk to you all later.

So much to celebrate, eh? And so much work still to be done to restore our country to its ideals. But we’ve taken the first and most important step.

5 11 2008
Bobg

Just checked; those clothes have to be declared as income. Here is the info to trun in tax cheats.

Turning in a tax cheat
You could be just a phone call away from riches. Just dial the Informant Communication Hotline at 1-800-829-0433. Be sure to tell them upfront that you want to file Form 211, Application for Reward for Original Information. Without it, you won’t see any monetary reward.

5 11 2008
MJC

Barack Obama – Peace Train (Great Video and Song!)

5 11 2008
Bobg

As more and more comes out about Palin I’m looking for the Republican Party to file bankruptcy soon. Hee hee.

5 11 2008
Grammy a/k/a WE WENT BLUE PA

Bobg

I wonder how many ways we’ll have to split that reward money!!! Can’t wait to turn her in!

5 11 2008
0whole1

> To AKM and the mudpuppies-
> Has anyone heard updates on MO, IN, NC- and of course, Alaska?

Indiana was called dem at least as of this morning; Daily Dish linked to AP info that showed a Dem pres victory in NC but without an official call yet. MO: I dunno. AK: fivethirtyeight.com has it white (uncalled ) on their map this morning, but perhaps that’s an error? I thought it had been called Rep last night.

5 11 2008
Martha Unalaska Yard Sign Toon

I will proudly keep my Mudflats name – my big, bright Obama yard sign remains stapled to the side of my house!

The only thing I could think of this morning when I woke up, with my two big goofy dogs piled in the bed with me, heads and butts under the covers in wanton laziness, is:

THERE IS GOING TO BE A FIRST PUPPY!!!!!!!!!!! And two beautiful first children to raise it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5 11 2008
Bobg

I wonder how many airplanes it will take to get Palin and crew back to Alaska? Loot and all, you know.

5 11 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

ENOUGH
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awwww……what a story …thanks for sharing

5 11 2008
karen marie

AKmuckraker —

thank you so much for your hospitality. the window you opened for those of us in the lower 48 on alaska for which i am eternally grateful.

i will be keeping you in my “favorites” list and come back to see how things are going.

thank you for being a great american voice and providing an outlet for other great american and international voices.

5 11 2008
SE_Idaho_Reader

I have to thank Enough Already (08:41:09) for her message. I wholeheartedly agree; Mudflats has kept me emotionally afloat during some very dark days here in one of reddest (and most politically mean-spirited) corners of the country.

Well said, EA!

The challenge now is to follow our President-Elect’s example and learn how to respond to words of hate with words of inspiration and hope. I don’t know how to do this!!!! Any ideas, fellow mudpuppies?

5 11 2008
Katie

Raising a glass and toasting President Barack Obama. God Bless him everyone!

5 11 2008
0whole1

> They’ve managed to amend our state constitution denying rights to a large segment of our state population. The work is not over, as President-elect Obama, knows.

Throughout this election, I’ve come to adopt a “darkest before the dawn” mentality. Specifically — could President-elect Obama have succeeded without the financial crisis — and without “Our Sarah”? Or at least, succeeded as well?

Perhaps the “no” on 8 is, in the long run, a good thing. How? I’m not sure — but perhaps if the folks looking to scapegoat gays for their fear of a changing world think they now own the *term* “marriage,” they won’t care so much about the *realities of marriage rights*.

Maybe I’m wrong. But perhaps not.

Have hope.

5 11 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

Just read a great comment –

“The lyin, the witch and the wardrobe go back to Wasilla”

HaaaHaaaaHaaHaHar!!

5 11 2008
C.Rock

SE_Idaho_Reader (09:03:15) :

I have to thank Enough Already (08:41:09) for her message. I wholeheartedly agree; Mudflats has kept me emotionally afloat during some very dark days here in one of reddest (and most politically mean-spirited) corners of the country.

Well said, EA!

The challenge now is to follow our President-Elect’s example and learn how to respond to words of hate with words of inspiration and hope. I don’t know how to do this!!!! Any ideas, fellow mudpuppies?
…………………………………..
A good read by Eckhart Tolle …A New Earth Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.
Wonderful book

5 11 2008
Deep Blue in VA

Hello, all,

Now that it’s official, we can start talking about the impending inauguration. Any mudpuppies planning to come to DC? A couple of us have been trying to gauge interest in doing a DC Mudstock for the inauguration!

5 11 2008
whabs

Enough Already (08:41:09) :
I can totally relate.
I was there too.
There is a reason we all came together.

Grateful am I (in my fancy new mudflats shirt)

5 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@Bobg :

I hope you won’t be going anywhere soon🙂

5 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@ 0whole1 (09:08:18) :

> They’ve managed to amend our state constitution denying rights to a large segment of our state population…

Are you in FLA ?

5 11 2008
Democrat G (formerly "G")

DEEP BLUE IN VA

My boyfriend and I were discussing that we want to go to DC to see OBAMA sworn in! We feel it is historic and important and want to be a part of it!

5 11 2008
West Virginian

Deep Blue in VA (09:12:47) :

Hello, all,

Now that it’s official, we can start talking about the impending inauguration. Any mudpuppies planning to come to DC? A couple of us have been trying to gauge interest in doing a DC Mudstock for the inauguration!

Deep Blue–I’d love to go to the inauguration! I have a son in Alexandria, VA so I already have a place to stay! It would be great to have a Mudflats group.

5 11 2008
Goalie Sanka Palin in NM

Cut and pasted from the Gallup Daily – Hopefully this won’t end up in the spam bucket:

To help better understand Americans’ continuing reactions to Obama’s historic election win, and his actions between now and his inauguration on Jan. 20, Gallup Daily will be tracking:

*Satisfaction with the way things are going in the United States. As of Election Eve, just 13% of Americans were satisfied and 86% were dissatisfied.

*Favorability of president-elect Obama and vice president-elect Joe Biden, which as of Election Eve were 61% and 52%, respectively.

*Americans’ forward-looking optimism about what the new administration will be able to accomplish once it takes office.

*Job approval of President Bush in the last two months of his administration and job approval for President Obama beginning Jan. 20, 2009.
**************************************
I’m optimistic that the numbers will just go up and up for President Obama!

5 11 2008
Lori W.

Martha Toon says:
THERE IS GOING TO BE A FIRST PUPPY!!!!!!!!!!! And two beautiful first children to raise it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, let me be the first to predict: There will be THREE first children soon.

5 11 2008
Lori W.

Martha Toon says:
THERE IS GOING TO BE A FIRST PUPPY!!!!!!!!!!! And two beautiful first children to raise it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, let me be the first to predict: There will be THREE first children soon.

5 11 2008
Rose in PA

Wow! I am so overwhelmed with emotion that I don’t even know what to say. This blog has kept me sane through these past few months. AKMuckraker, I thank you so much for all of your amazing work.

Once I saw my PA go blue I knew we had it!

Yes we did!🙂

5 11 2008
plwalsh

Well, now there are TWO senate seats up in the air until December: in MN, where there will be a mandatory recount, and in GA, where they will be a mandatory run-off. Kind of a mini-2000 result.

5 11 2008
Deep Blue in VA

West Virginian,

I am in Alexandria too!

I think between the mudpuppies who live in or near the DC area and those who are planning to come for the event, we’ll have a good group. Stay tuned for more details!

5 11 2008
West Virginian

More light than heat,
Congrats on your upcoming nuptuals! I also consider everyone here on Mudflats a friend. You guys calmed me down when my Repub hubby (voted Obama though!) was driving me nuts. The live blogs helped me through the debates. You guys were there last night during election returns. I always knew someone would say something positive to one of my comments to cheer me up!

Thanks so much AKM for this blog. You are fantastic!

I imagine all of us will now have some semblence of order to our lives. I too need to do some house straightening and down right heavy duty cleaning. My husband is very happy this is over and wonders what I will do now.

I’ll still be checking in on my friends here and keeping up with Alaskan politics. I hope to even get to see Alaska soon.

Bless you all!

5 11 2008
PDX "That One" Hussein MB

Zim in Oz (01:01:19) :

AKM, I toast you. (I have not had any bubbly yet so will clink the glasses shortly LOL)

I have travelled the States extensively. I have a few favourite places …lurve Boston and what I think is the USA’s best kept secret, Oregon.
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Yes, we are a well-kept secret… Shhhhh!

5 11 2008
West Virginian

I’ll be watching for updates Deep Blue!

5 11 2008
Deep Blue in VA

That puppy line from last night was priceless. On DailyKos they have a poll up predicting what breed of puppy it will be. When I looked retriever was winning, followed by mutt.

5 11 2008
MizKay

More Light than Heat (08:54:27) :
Congratulations on your upcoming marriage!😀

5 11 2008
Deep Blue in VA

Just checked the Kos poll again – now mutt is winning by a landslide!

5 11 2008
Taupe Armageddon Palin

Congrats to More Light Than Heat on the upcoming wedding.

Congrats to AKM for keeping us all sane, laughing, crying and cheering as we watched helplessly as your wicked witch trashed her way across the lower 48. If you haven’t already, read the Newsweek link on her that’s posted above. It’s got to make all Alaskans scared (well except for Meg, convicTed and their bunch). Perhaps Neiman’s will build a store just for her in Anchorage?

About her going on on the high $$$ speech circuit, I thought there were some specific AK laws limiting her activities. Any input from there?

Meanwhile, here in Minnesota, we’re waiting on a recount in the Al Franken/Coleman race. Sadly, Michelle “McCarthy” Bachmann won. So much for the least effective Rep. in Congress. Glad I’m not in her district.

Finally, is there such a thing as a euphoric/tears/joyful/news junkie hangover? I’ve got a splitting headache.

Watch MSNBC right now…Andrea Mitchell dishing on Palin!

5 11 2008
PDX "That One" Hussein MB

Terpsichore (01:30:37) :

This is something I’ve been meaning to write for a little while now, just never got around to it.

My pet theory is that McCain actually did NOT want to win.
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Have to admit that thought crossed my mind on more than one occasion…

5 11 2008
plwalsh

It will be several days before they can call NC. They have to verify and count the provisional ballots.

5 11 2008
JK Copper Catfish Hussein RefusetobePalin

MORE than $150,000? The woman is unbelievable. She really saw this whole election as an exercise in self-promotion. I’ve never seen anybody so barefaced. At least now the campaign is over and the backstabbing has begun, the truth is starting to leak out. I remember reading somewhere (and now I have no idea where) someone who argued that she is actually suffering from a severe, and extremely resentful, inferiority complex towards those who are brighter, better educated or richer than she is. It would certainly help to explain why she is a) so mercenary and b) so nasty.

I try not to be vindictive (most of the time) but I really hope that this is the end of her political career, and the last time she gets to sponge off either taxpayers or donors for her own, selfish, greedy benefit. In fact, I’m counting on it. Is someone going to make sure she gives that stuff back?

GRRRRRRRRR!

5 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

PDX – a lot of us were pretty sure Cindy didn’t want him to win!

5 11 2008
sparkleball

Jamie in France, No, I’m in California

North Carolina went for Obama by about 1,000 votes. Check their Registrar of Voters website. Amazing. . .

5 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

They are about to discuss Palin’s future on CNN.

5 11 2008
Let'sGetReal for "ThatOne"

Democrat G (formerly “G”) (09:18:05) :

DEEP BLUE IN VA

My boyfriend and I were discussing that we want to go to DC to see OBAMA sworn in! We feel it is historic and important and want to be a part of it!

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I have been trying to find a reasonable hotel in the area, but it is not working too well!

5 11 2008
SMR

Just want to say that already the hate begins. Stupid GOP fools! Here’s the heading of an email that I received this morning:

Understanding Obama: The Making of a Fuehrer

Here’s the reply that I sent to this person, whose daughters have been the recipients of thousands & thousands of tax dollars while she struggled to make ends meet working at minimum wage jobs. I sent it with hopes that I never have to talk to that person again:

Everyone in our family voted for Obama. Scott & I are two formerly registered Republicans who utterly reject the notion that fundamentalist religion has any place in politics, and exercised our right to vote to send a resounding rejection of the racism & hatred that has been fueling the conservative base. Claire was quite excited to cast her first vote for President to support a new president that will attempt to unite our country.

This notion of narcissim & comparison to Hitler could be applied to Sarah Palin and the angry supporters that praised her — emails like this are what drove me from the Republican party to join the wave of Americans who want positive change in this country.

Are you part of the problem, or part of the solution?

Do not ever send me an offensive email like this again.

5 11 2008
Bobg

Jamie-I’m not going anywhere. I’m addicted to this site. I’ve always loved politics. Here are a few interesting things I learned.

1. A very astute politician once told me, “Never listen to a thing a politician says. Look who his backers and advisers are. That will tell you what to expect if he wins.”

2. Things are not always as they seem. In one county I lived in I found that the man that ran county politics had never run for office in his life but if you aspired to public life it was impossible without his okay (and $$$$$)

3. Politicians do not live like you and me. They never stay at the Holiday Inn and they never eat meatloaf. You will find that many meetings are called for 11:00 AM or 4:00 PM. The county has to pay for lunch or dinner then because it is a working lunch or dinner.

4. Many, many specifications for state and county work are written so that only one company can meet all of the specs. I was going to bid on the salt domes in our state only to find out that the specs were written for one company.

5. I would estimate that 50% of all state projects are “promised” even before the bids go out. Check on the winners of the bids and you will find out the political donors.

6. Many of our laws are written by lobbyists and indusrty advisers.

7. Much of the “Pork” in our budgets is an outright gift. No one checks to see if the money is used for what it was appropriated for.

8. Many of our regulatory agencies only give lip service to the law. Very few employees of the agencies ever go out in the field. some of this is because of tight budgets.

5 11 2008
GJ happy n blue in Red Idaho

Woke up and had to check, was I dreaming? Oh, good, Yes We Did!

As a born Community Organizer, while I catch up on all those things I’ve put off the last two weeks, when I was out campaigning for O/B I’ll be thinking about what is mine to do next. I know for sure very high on my list will be checking to see if Gov P has answered the emergency energy call from rural AK. I will not forget, I will be back.

5 11 2008
Enough Already

A small look at my day at the polls…

I arrived at 4:50 am and the building where we were to vote was still closed and there were about thirty people waiting outside. Two people were poll-workers and the others were voters. I immediately thought OMG “voter suppression, why isn’t this school open?”.

But then I stopped a second. There were “VOTERS waiting to vote!”. This is a small community that is mostly commercial. With some of the lowest voting %’s in the city.
So Voters waiting to vote was SURREAL. We would have 10-15 voters tops by 8 am in past elections and primaries.

The tide changed with this last Presidential primary, we had a 500% increase in voter participation.
Well, when we opened AFTER 6 am (someone was fired over this) we had to set up the machines and get ready for the growing line, running down the stairs and out the doors and down the block.
* I pinched myself twice while setting up quickly*

What was more unbelievable was WHO was on that line…
Families, I mean the Grandmother, Mother, Father, and their children of voting and non-voting age. Young people, OMG the youth. The elderly and disabled. People were on the phone with friends and family making arrangements to vote at the same time. Calling in late for work, it was amazing.

OK I don’t have the final numbers but I can say that we had about 80% voter participation. I saw people I hadn’t seen in years come to vote.
There were elderly coming in with home attendents, canes, wheelchairs, kids under voting age who wanted to pre-register because they would be voting age for the next primary election. I had a perputual smile on my face all day long.

One story:
A Mother came in with two small girls aged about 3 and 6. After signing in they went behind the curtains to vote together. I could hear the mother say “OK we’re going to do this together”.
You could hear them pull the handle to put the machine in the voting position. The three year old said loudly “OK Mommy, I want us to vote for Obama!”. We all lokked at each other and smiled. Then the curtain parted a little as the mother reached down to lift up her children so they could reach the levers.
After a short delay she put her children down and said “Ok, let’s cast our vote”. Once again you could hear the sound of the handle being pulled, this time to cast their vote. The mother said “OK, we voted for Obama” and pulled back the curtains. As they were leaving the three year old said “But Mommy, we didn’t see him! I didn’t see Obama!” and the mother replied “We’ll see him tonight on the TV Honey.”

Everyone within earshot laughed. It was then that I KNEW that Obama could not be denied, and that I could never forget this day.

My earliest memory is as a small girl of three, wanting to cross a street in Harlem to go to my Grandpa’s cleaners that was across the street. I mean I wanted to go see Grandpa badly. My older brother stopped me from crossing and picked me up and then carried me to see our Grandpa and I ran in and he sat me on the counter and I reached for him and gave him a big kiss. I wish he were alive to see this day.

I never forgot that day as I looked at the traffic terrified, but determined to cross on my own.

I said a small prayer that this little girl would also have this day as one of her earliest and fondest memories.

5 11 2008
Deep Blue in VA

let’s get real:

re: hotels in DC area. I would suggest trying the suburbs in VA or MD. As long as you’re near a Metro stop you should be fine.

Here’s a Metro map:

http://www.wmata.com/metrorail/systemmap.cfm

5 11 2008
Sirenoftitan

Just saw Condy Rice talk on the BBC – even she seemed pleased with Obama’s victory.

5 11 2008
SMR

Enough Already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Where have you BEEN? You disappeared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We’ve been missing your thoughtful, insightful & intelligent posts!

No offense to the other thoughtful & insightful posters here, but Enough Already really knows how to smack down trolls!

5 11 2008
0whole1

> Jamie, Floridian in France (09:16:24) :
> @ 0whole1 (09:08:18) :
> > They’ve managed to amend our state constitution denying rights to a large segment of our state population…
> Are you in FLA ?

No, I’m in ID — that one dot of blue in the panhandle. If you’re asking about how the various state propositions went, I just saw a summary on DailyKos. The upshot was, I think, that the various anti-abortion initiatives got shot down but the various anti-gay rights initiatives were supported.

Plus, a CA ban on maltreatment of farm animals was approved. Wonder how much that had to do with the animal-rights episode of Morgan Spurlock’s 30 Days?

5 11 2008
Scotsgirl

More light than heat – congratulations!

5 11 2008
Javier

Great job Mudflatt!
You were a important source of info in this long and intense campaign.
WE have to remember that this epic victory woulnd’t have happen weren’t for the intense labor of the Roves, Rumsfelts and Cheneys to gouge the world in any possible way. To them, the massive voting turnout!! To them, bye bye!
A new era has began!
thanks again for your dedication, Muddy!

5 11 2008
baja arizona

I was suffering from the very idea of Mudflats withdrawl, but realized this will be the place to keep an eye on SP between now and 2012, at which time I fervently hope she stays home. In Wasilla.

5 11 2008
Clover

I’ve been reading along since I first came here to learn more about SP after her candidacy was announced. Thanks for being so informative. Also, when Rachel Maddow featured the clip on Alaskans making a man-made OBAMA sign, did they get that from you???

5 11 2008
Grammy a/k/a WE WENT BLUE PA

SMR

Was that email sent by a personal friend or just “someone out there”? Just curious b’cuz I’ve had to sever ties w/ a friend from high school b’cuz he just could not stop sending me lies and hateful Obama emails . . . kind of hurts but in reality, I am that much better off w/o him or his opinions.

5 11 2008
0whole1

> I remember reading somewhere (and now I have no idea where) someone who argued that she is actually suffering from a severe, and extremely resentful, inferiority complex towards those who are brighter, better educated or richer than she is.

I think she’s suffering from “I’ve been poor, and I ain’t never gonna let that happen to me again, no matter who I have to step over” with an added terminal case of the stupids.

Just my opinion.

5 11 2008
katiebegood

Something I just noticed looking at pictures of McCain’s concession speech, Bristol and Levi were nowhere to be found. As a matter of fact, we haven’t seen any pictures of Bristol since the convention. Could it be because she is really NOT pregnant and seeing her would make that obvious?

5 11 2008
Bobg

It’s amazing how 6 year olds can take facts and twist them around until they become unrecognizable. This was an exchange between my granddaughter and great grandson.

Joey: Mom, you can’t vote for Obama!

Jessica: Why, what’s wrong with Obama?

Joey: He’s going to take our summer vacation away.

Jessica: Where did you hear that?

Joey: He wrote it in the book.

Jessica: What book are you talking about?

Joey: In the bible Mom! He wrote it in the Bible!

5 11 2008
tspey

Thank you AKM. As a fellow Alaskan Fed up with the status quo of *’conservative’ Alaskan politicians (*’corrupt, greedy, fear-mongering for votes’) you have been and will continue to be a great light.

We have a lot of work left. 10 days to see if Alaska can follow suit with the nation.

President-elect Obama is the culmination of all of the great figures in history who believed in this country and in ALL of her people. Keep up the great work!

5 11 2008
jo in AK

How bittersweet…… Tears were flowing last night when Obama spoke to us. Multiple phone calls from family – with tears of happiness….

What a crazy state Alaska is, how could Begitch and Berkowitz lose! I just assumed they would win and cannot hardly believe the news. And Sarah is coming home, eeeek. It was a lose, lose with her. Now she’ll be blowing her horn all over the place, gross.

Thank you Barack, “the Audacity of Hope”. You have given that to us, and thank you Mudflats for being a refuge in the middle of this storm.

5 11 2008
Laura Jane

Second only to the delight of seeing Obama elected POTUS is the pleasure in sending this woman’s butt back to the frozen north.

Poor Sarah, Alaska isn’t going to seem all that great after her experience campaigning in the lower 48. She has been living like a rock star these last two months: flying around from state to state; speaking to tens of thousands of adoring, cheering fans; having professionals on hand every day to do her make-up and hair; swanning around in designer duds; having the media begging for interviews– it is going to feel very flat to return to normal life. The celebrity life is like a drug for some people and I have a feeling Sarah will be one of those who will do anything to get a little bit of the limelight. The first thing will be to try and make her governorship seem a whole lot more important nationally. I expect to see her popping up on talk shows discussing oil, global warming, native Americans, sexism in politics, reproductive rights, and much, much more. Think of her like a cold sore– while it may disappear for a time, once you have the virus it is with you forever, rearing its ugly head during times of stress.

5 11 2008
ashkee Colorado

“…terminal case of the stupids.” hehe

I just saw this comment at Huffpo:

by jlarue
I just realized…..TINA FEY DOES NOT HAVE TO LEAVE EARTH!!!!! Hooray hooray. Thanks to everyone, of all races, colors. religions, occupations, and income levels who got out and worked for Obama. What a great day for America!!!

That is just a beautiful wonderful thought.

5 11 2008
katiebegood

Bec Hussein in Illinois (09:32:49) :

PDX – a lot of us were pretty sure Cindy didn’t want him to win!

Are you kidding! I firmly believe the only reason Cindy stuck with McCain all these years is because she wanted to be First Lady so bad. Unless he is as sick as some people think he is, I predict a McCain divorce in the near future. It really won’t make much difference because they are rarely together anyway.

5 11 2008
SMR

@Grammy,

Actually, it was the daughter of very dear friends. Those friends are supposed to come to stay with us this weekend. I have always had an unspoken “agree to disagree” pact with them, and this might be like a red flag in front of a bull. We’ll see if they come this weekend, or if there is some “appointment” that comes up. I have hardly met this daughter, and it is a ridiculous assumption on her part to think that I share her sick opinions. I received a second offensive email from her just after the first, on that one I copied all of her recipients on my response, worded just like the other with the addition of “AGAIN, enough with the offensive emails.”

I could go on & on about her being the welfare queen & always getting handouts from others (including me!), but won’t. I sincerely hope that she has got the point now.

This world is full of messed up people, she is just one of many, but I try really hard to keep all of the negative people & negative stuff out, as I was forced to put up with so much of it for much of my life. I took my life back a decade ago, and that sort of mess has no place in it.

Life is short, be particular about your friends, that’s my motto…

5 11 2008
Vlad the I'm HUSSEIN Palin

What a great day to wake up! There was a little blurb on CNN well after Obamba’s speech, mentioning that Miz Failin’ was still working the crowds out on the lawn long after the McCains had left. Did anyone else hear this? If true, then this gal really ‘ain’t got no couth’ and displayed an amazing lack of good taste by lingering after her Presidential running mate left. Her blind ambition is quite mind-boggling.

5 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

To the question of what happens if Stevens wins – just read this off of TPM

http://www.propublica.org/article/what-happens-if-felon-senator-stevens-wins/#When:13:01:00Z

“So what happens if the Senate gives Stevens the boot? Under Alaska state law, the current governor—perhaps you remember her—would appoint a temporary replacement. Then a special election would be held to choose a senator to serve out the remainder of Stevens’ six-year term. With no primary election in the near future, a special election would need to be held within 90 days of Stevens leaving office.

Could Stevens actually run again via the special election? After all, Alaska’s voters and Senate leaders could theoretically end up playing a game of ping-pong—where Alaska votes him in, the Senate expels him and then Alaska votes him back in. We’re looking into it.”

It seems to me that Stevens has the ego to keep this craziness going as long as he has a breath!

5 11 2008
pam956

Thanks for all your blogging. You got me riled up about Palin and motivated to work for the Obama campaign. Good luck with your Governor. She will need to be watched by all you vigilent Alaska bloggers.
Best,
Pam

5 11 2008
nocalgal

From a pal of mine.. there is more to come on SP.. as she exits stage left…

“Looks like Newsweek has a lot more to the story of Palin’s major clothing purchases. Sounds like she bought way more than was previously mentioned. An anonymous doner was going to pay for her to get 3 suits and Palin went nuts and bought a whole lot more. Guess said donor was shocked to get their credit card bill. Also, nothing was said about buying her family clothes, but she went ahead and did it on her own. Newsweek is also reporting that some of the items of apparel are now “missing”. Classy broad, huh? “

5 11 2008
Road Runner

I haven’t been able to leave the house yet. I am reading everything I can find to satisfy my thirst. Check out this link. Great videos.

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=10540925&ch=4226716&src=news

5 11 2008
Democrat G (formerly "G")

I feel SO foolish! It was SO early and voting felt like a dream as I got NO sleep the night before. BUT, my favorite moment of this election was being there as my (will be 3 this weekend) nephew went into the booth with his dad and voted with him (of course for OBAMA/BIDEN and ALL DEMS) and when we got in the car, my nephew said HE WANTED TO VOTE AGAIN!!! Brought back many memories of when my mom use to take me with her and let me push the buttons and pull the lever to vote!

5 11 2008
Grammy a/k/a WE WENT BLUE PA

Good motto, SMR! Will be interesting to see if the friends show up – but if not, it’s their loss, I’m sure. Hopefully they will not be bitter, though.

5 11 2008
Lighthouse (CO)

Who would have thought that I’d need someone to talk me down on November 5th?

I am so terrible disturbed by the hate and anger, which is, sadly, going to grow before it goes away. And some people will never let go. Usually I tend to feel sorry for them, but today I’m just angry.

I actually googled the email you received SMR. I shouldn’t have done that! I’ve just gotten one hateful email this morning, and I really did expect more, but I’m just so frustrated.

I can hear people in my office discussing (like vultures) how the estate tax is about to be reinstated, and their inheritance is going to be destroyed.

I know its going to take time for people to realize that the sky isn’t falling, when they’ve been brainwashed to believe that Barack Obama is scary, but I am so angry and sad (and sleepy from staying up too late, that doesn’t help) that I’m not even excited at this moment.

5 11 2008
Grammy a/k/a WE WENT BLUE PA

Bec

I didn’t think there was a provision for a temporary replacement if Stevens gets the boot – I thought the seat was left open until a special election is finalized.

5 11 2008
nocalgal

SORRY for the duplicate posting.. I had not read back through all the posts before adding my rehash from Newsweek..

hehehe SP is gonna find a WHOLE different AK than she left..

and as fro Bristol..she is SUE in December.. so.. she should be pretty preggers by now. Where are those danged paparazzi when you need them?!??

5 11 2008
Lighthouse (CO)

Okay, I’m still excited! I’m thrilled half to death! I feel as though we’ve been rescued from a horrible fate.

Thanks for all your happy stories.

I just wish that there weren’t people feeling today as though THIS is a horrible fate!

5 11 2008
5 11 2008
Brian Hayes

I’m typing to help reach 1,000 comments.

And to join others saying that MudFlats is appreciated.

Sincerity and diligence are good and precious.

5 11 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

Taupe Armageddon Palin (09:27:50) :

What was Andrea Mitchell saying on MSNBC? would love to know if you are still here.

Bec in Ill – can you post what CNN has to say? wouldlove to hear that, also.

So glad to see so many of you still here. Love all your posts, gossip and political insights/stories, thank you.

5 11 2008
Martha Unalaska Yard Sign Toon

@ Bec Hussein in Illinois (08:03:49) :

“RE: Stevens. I hope a big amount of those uncounted early votes were from the great progressives in Alaska who voted early. I don’t understand why these weren’t added to the vote totals upfront. ”

We are waiting this time until the absentee voters have been verified to have ONLY voted absentee. Apparently in our primary, they found over two dozen voters who cast absentee ballots AND voted in person. I voted early, and guess who I DIDN”T vote for!

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/102308/sta_347530973.shtml

5 11 2008
Pacificnwgal

Can you believe it? we actually elected a brillant bi-racial man who is not divorced, nor does he cheat on his wife, is honest, and cares about the common man in America. We have come a long way, baby!

But, how is the Senate race going? I can’t believe that Alaskans would actually knowlingly vote a felon into office.

5 11 2008
Sparky

(jumping to the bottom of thread just for now)

Mark Halperin’s Final Campaign 2008 Report Cards (McCain & Co didn’t do as well) http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1856695_1856693,00.html

Barack Obama

Not a perfect candidate, but a truly great one. Aced his three established big moments (Veep choice, convention acceptance speech, debates) and the wild-card moment (economic crisis). With his message discipline, sturdy confidence, generous patriotism, few mistakes and cool, consistent demeanor — forget the unwarranted charges about his heritage — the real question is: Is Obama a Vulcan?

Grade: A-

Of course, IMHO, Veep choice A+ with🙂 if I were grading.
I’m still so emotional about Barack Obama and his family residing in the
White House. wow…just wow

5 11 2008
Susie in Jersey

@bPoint (07:46:18) :

Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast

Palin goes under the bus and the tires have their winter studs and chains.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/167581/page/1

~~

Also from the Newsweek article:

“The Obama campaign was provided with reports from the Secret Service showing a sharp and disturbing increase in threats to Obama in September and early October, at the same time that many crowds at Palin rallies became more frenzied. Michelle Obama was shaken by the vituperative crowds and the hot rhetoric from the GOP candidates. “Why would they try to make people hate us?” Michelle asked a top campaign aide.”

and

“Palin launched her attack on Obama’s association with William Ayers, the former Weather Underground bomber, before the campaign had finalized a plan to raise the issue. McCain’s advisers were working on a strategy that they hoped to unveil the following week, but McCain had not signed off on it, and top adviser Mark Salter was resisting.”

I am so glad she was not allowed to speak last night. Why in heavens name would she even think it was proper to do so? Rhetorical question as I know the answer.

She is a despicable person and I hope we never have to listen to her again.

5 11 2008
C.Rock

I live in red Texas and I felt like putting a sign on my car with something like Dumb A** Texasan’s cant even pick a President. Glad I didn, I checked it out and found out the county I live in IS BLUEEEEEEEE. Yippy. 52% O 47% M…….I feel a little bit better. Living in BLUE TEXAS.

5 11 2008
Ozymandias

Dear Alaska: Our deepest apologies from Lower 48, but the tarnished silverware, the chintz rug, the kitschy floor lamp and the box of trinkets must now be returned. While we offer a consignment business, our shelf space is limited, and we have no place for them here. We hope there is a Self-Store somewhere near Wasilla where it may all be put. Please respect our “No Return” policy, which includes all of the above. Plus Senators.

5 11 2008
mvngfwd

Hello my mudpals/family/friends! I am moving slowly with a champagne/adrenalin hangover. I want to say I ditto all the beautiful sentiments here and more. Just to brain dead to be prolific.

I am in on the Mudstock DC and will figure out a way to be at the Lincoln Memorial on Jan 20th come hell or high water. I am also reporting to continued duty on Operation Recall… just tell me what we need to do.

I just got the rest of my Mudflats attire today so you are stuck with me. 😉

5 11 2008
TCtopcat

thank you for your website. I have been watching all your discussions over the last month, trying to make sense of the senseless Palin choice.
You all have given me insight into the reality of the Palin ilusion (delusion?).
Newsweek has a special edition coming up which illustrates her hipocracy.

Bellow is a sample:
NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin’s shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain’s top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family–clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent “tens of thousands” more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,” and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.
Finally, Steve Schmidt (who reportedly picked Palin as VP) would not let her speak on election night.

McCain himself rarely spoke to Palin during the campaign, and aides kept him in the dark about the details of her spending on clothes because they were sure he would be offended. Palin asked to speak along with McCain at his Arizona concession speech Tuesday night, but campaign strategist Steve Schmidt vetoed the request.

5 11 2008
Vlad the I'm HUSSEIN Palin

I would think that it would be a really opportune time for the more sane Republicans to abandon the ship to the mutineers who took it over (the rabid right-wingers, the partially insane fundmentalist evangelicals, the virulent hate-mongers/racists/bigots, and those who seem to center their lives around the body parts of women and the sexual preferences of their fellow citizens). Starting a third party would also attract the right-leaning and more conservative Democrats. There is a good probability that the United States could end up with 3 equally strong parties and give the electorate a great choice, not just always a choice of 2 parties who (at times in the past) seemed more alike than different.

5 11 2008
Dianna

May Bristol find a strong mature female role model to show her know what good mothering is.
I hope the community can come together for those children.
It should pain everyone that they suffer and may pay the price for the rest of their lives.

5 11 2008
VTJen

Hello Mudpuppies!
A truly happy day for all. I have enjoyed reading the posts today and sensing the relief that all of us deserve. Of course, there is much more to be done to ensure that the “yes we can” attitude spreads to all people, Americans and our Friends abroad.

Deepblue & Bobg – I am working on the family to make our way to the inauguration. I will also suggest to folks that staying in Baltimore is a nice alternative as the drive/commute to DC is not that bad and hotels tend to be less expensive. It is also the location where Francis Scott Key wrote the Start Spangled Banner.

Lastly, thank you AKM for everything. This blog has been an oasis for me and I appreciate all of the “talk downs” that my fellow bloggers offered over the past 2 months. Lifesavers!

5 11 2008
nolipstick in PA

Yes Rahm will be COS

5 11 2008
Susie in Jersey

@Lighthouse (CO) (10:21:03) :

I can hear people in my office discussing (like vultures) how the estate tax is about to be reinstated, and their inheritance is going to be destroyed.

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During this election cycle it has become apparent to me that many Republicans are totally selfish, self-centered individuals who care nothing about their fellow humans.

One said to me that he works hard for his money and he doesn’t want it given away to anybody, he wants to keep it. Tough s**t fella, there but by the Grace of God, go you.

5 11 2008
Irish in FL

Brother Meat Hussein (07:59:10) … Great words from your Mrs……jotted those down as keepers…thanks

My hubby workds in Miami (we live in Broward Co) and he was only one of six out of 40+ people in his office who were for Obama…and, as SMR says:
SMR (09:39:23) : “already the hate begins.” People muttering how we elected a “Communist” and a “terrorist”. Words used largely b/cause of Scara I’m afraid. Hopefully they will come to their senses as they see the good that will be done by our new start…….

5 11 2008
Lighthouse (CO)

Susie in NJ

I find that to be so sadly true also. I vented to my family just last week about how I agree with my coworkers about so many things, but when it comes to helping people, showing compassion, etc., they just don’t get it.

I hate that.

5 11 2008
Halcrow

@ Susie in Jersey

That hard-working one who wants to keep it? Please remind him that he can’t take it to the grave with him and, without an affordable health plan (which usually vanishes with retirement or a layoff) or a universal healthcare system, he’s much more likely to be plucked bare by medical bills than he is by the IRS.

5 11 2008
the problem child

More Light than Heat, congratulations. I wish you every happiness.

5 11 2008
Susie in Jersey

@VTJen (10:37:51) :

Deepblue & Bobg – I am working on the family to make our way to the inauguration. I will also suggest to folks that staying in Baltimore is a nice alternative as the drive/commute to DC is not that bad and hotels tend to be less expensive. It is also the location where Francis Scott Key wrote the Start Spangled Banner.

~~

I am considering trying to make the inauguration but I need to find someone to take care of the 4-legged critters for two days and I’m concerned about being on my feet for many, many hours. I, also, thought if I go I’d stay north of DC.

5 11 2008
PDX "That One" Hussein MB

@Jamie, Floridian in France (07:35:53) :

This whole story of Palin reminds of a book that I have had since I was a kid called “The Magic Fish” a book that truly fascinated me.
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Jamie, That was amazing! You are gifted. I wish I remembered more French than je m’appelle… or je t’aime… (that’s a good one to remember…).

I’ve really enjoyed your posts over the last couple of months!

5 11 2008
Vlad the I'm HUSSEIN Palin

@ Susie in Jersey

Maybe your co-worker needs to be reminded that ‘shrouds don’t have pockets’.

5 11 2008
m

If you need some humour in your life, go to The New Yorker on line:

Among the more charming pieces of news in last night’s election was Barack Obama’s announcement that his daughters, Malia and Sasha, have earned the right to take a new puppy into the White House. As I read around in this morning’s international coverage, I noticed that the Guardian is running a contest to name the dog. The idea is great, though the suggestions are truly terrible: Theodore Woofs-velt?! Bark Obama?

5 11 2008
Kittitians for Obama

Thank God it’s over. Could you imagine if we ended up with this?

“The McCain forces were gearing up for their
final push.

Take a good look at them, but make sure you’re
sitting down first: ”

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/469.html

5 11 2008
mickeymusing

NY Dem (01:47:18) :,

I agree that she is not going to be a big player in the national Republican party, although I think she’s going to try. She was chosen for the McCain ticket and never had to endure a grueling primary. Can you imagine Guiliani, Romney, Huckabee, et al shredding her during a primary debate where she doesn’t get to control the format? I hope she does make it that far because it would be strangely entertaining.

Seems the MS media is already done with her. If she can’t continue to compel their interest, she won’t have much of a political future.

5 11 2008
whabs

Lunch time, and I have already checked in several times.
It IS real isn’t it?

Oh no..tears again!

5 11 2008
C.Rock

Halcrow (10:42:52) :

@ Susie in Jersey

That hard-working one who wants to keep it? Please remind him that he can’t take it to the grave with him and, without an affordable health plan (which usually vanishes with retirement or a layoff) or a universal healthcare system, he’s much more likely to be plucked bare by medical bills than he is by the IRS.
……………………………
Another saying I like is: Have you ever seen a Uhaul behind a herzt.

5 11 2008
Pacificnwgal

The Newsweek article about her clothing scam is appalling. Now I know why she looked so dejected on stage with McCain at his concession speech… she was told not to speak. Well, to avoid sexism… her greedy shopping trip is no different than Ted Steven’s greed and the other men in the government and Wall Street who have scammed us. Why is it when a woman does it, it gets bigger outrage. Think about what happened to Martha Stewart. The issues that women face are going to be discussed for a long time because of Sarah Palin. Maybe this is good that she arrived on the scene to bring these things to light and for discussion. Interesting how things go, aren’t they? Good often comes from the bad.

5 11 2008
mvngfwd

irish- we are in Miami Beach and our office is in Sunrise. We have had to “talk down” a few friends who mainlined the McKoolAid over the last few months. But we did take Florida Blue didn’t we? And now we begin the real work to make our State, our Country, and our World a better place for all…including the those in KoolAid withdrawl. Even my Repub mom called to “congratulate” me and admitted that she took note of Obama during his speech in 2004. She said “I saw he had something special about him and if you believe this strongly that he is right for our country then I will include him in my prayers”. The funny thing is that this is the first time she has ever mentioned that she saw his 2004 speech let alone that she saw something “special”. There is HOPE indeed for all of us.

5 11 2008
mickeymusing

Another Newsweek nugget:

“Palin asked to speak along with McCain at his Arizona concession speech Tuesday night, but campaign strategist Steve Schmidt vetoed the request.”

This was interesting because while we watched McCain’s concession speech last night, I said to my son “Oh, I guess Palin is going to speak too,” because she made a move toward the podium before Todd grabbed her hand and they walked off with the McCains. I bet she seriously considered going “rogue” and speaking after being told no. Wow–that would have been a closer. The McCain people would have had to forcefully cut off her mike to get her to shut up.

5 11 2008
GJ happy n blue in Red Idaho

Just a thought for those who have to rub shoulders, in schools, the work place, the market place, or at church with those experiencing shame and fear today, remember how horrible we felt 4 years ago after Bush won a 2nd term. They can and will get over it just as soon as they see the world isn’t falling apart unless they let it. Give them time and space to grieve, then help them get over it, so we can all work together to make this a better world to live in for one and all.

5 11 2008
mvngfwd

Good advice GJ

5 11 2008
MomsHugs (aka Eve)

Palin’s ‘must read’ list: Washington Times’ post-election forensics. Cmments are an especially good read (ex 1st comment, last par. — The GOP is in critical need of a makeover. A first step would be to kick out all the thugs (or require that the thugs repent), which it has invited in over the years since Nixon. It needs to reexamine its understanding of economic matters. Why is it that the worse economic downturns have occurred under GOP administrations? The final question is: Is the GOP willing to undergo the necessary makeover in order to present to the world a picture that’s more reflective of the hallowed tenet: “We the people…”?)
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/nov/05/party-ponders-path-of-return

5 11 2008
TCtopcat

mickeymusing, I guess if the Repugs want to get those missing clothes back, they should send a someone to tail Sarah, Todd, and the kids around Wasila huh?… I’m sure you won’t soon see any of these clothes on eBay like the oft mentioned Governor’s plane.

5 11 2008
PDX "That One" Hussein MB

@Enough Already (08:41:09) :

I have hope that things will change around here. After taking off yesterday to work the polls near my other home in the Bronx I came in this morning to three beautiful floral arrangements on my desk.

One with the note “Congrats”, one other saying “President Obama” one unsigned. Everyone here is quiet today, but I see the smiles in the eyes of those that I know cast that ballot for Obama and will never admit it openly. This is New York City for Gods sake, but the flowers remind me that some choose to go along, to get along even against their very heart and common sense.

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Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing!

5 11 2008
strangelet

Wow. This finally makes up for my first election (1968). I never thought I would live long enough to see a “non-white” President. Now, if we can get some damn health care, I think I might live long enough to see a female Pres.

A couple random observations:

It was never in the cards to get 60 Senate seats, so let’s not bemoan that. Actually, while I’d like to see 57 or 58, stopping short of 60 means the Dems can fire Lieberman without too much second thoughts.

I do wish the House pickup had been a little better, mostly because of the historical likelihood that we’ll lose a few seats in the midterm election. On the other hand, there is now a decent working majority (and with a Dem President), and I personally expect people to stop sniping at Nancy Pelosi, as they discover just how good a politician she actually is when she’s got something to work with.

Congratulations to WA on your re-elected governor, and to MO and NC on your new ones.

We all should remember that, while this was a decent EV landslide, 56M people voted for McCain. I certainly didn’t like it when the Repos used their slim (or fictional) popular majority to shove a bunch of crap down our collective throat, but the correct response is not to reply in kind. Rather, I hope and trust that our restored majority will govern, not so much “from the center”, but with an eye towards building sustainable consensus.

Well, except for the real wingnut wackjobs.

Cheers, all.

Wow.

5 11 2008
HamletsMill

m (10:51:52) :

If you need some humour in your life, go to The New Yorker on line:

Among the more charming pieces of news in last night’s election was Barack Obama’s announcement that his daughters, Malia and Sasha, have earned the right to take a new puppy into the White House. As I read around in this morning’s international coverage, I noticed that the Guardian is running a contest to name the dog. The idea is great, though the suggestions are truly terrible: Theodore Woofs-velt?! Bark Obama?
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I don’t think they will be getting a Pit Bull! I hope not! Get something else!

5 11 2008
strangelet

Whoops. New thread.

5 11 2008
Scotsgirl

Any one heard from our intrepid Chief Hussein who left to go to the Grant Park celebration? Has he recovered yet?
Any one see the video clips from the View this morning? The horrible Hasselbeck woman was quite gracious – for a change!

5 11 2008
HamletsMill

Kittitians for Obama (10:51:56) :

Thank God it’s over. Could you imagine if we ended up with this?

“The McCain forces were gearing up for their
final push.

Take a good look at them, but make sure you’re
sitting down first: ”

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/469.html
———————————–

That link is truly frightening. These are people susceptible to mass hysteria and group hypnosis. Even that level of consciousness requires much better ideas to go anywhere. These are all third rate bush league people who are just using Jesus Christ and the Republican Party as their vehicle of resentment in life. Resentment politics are very, very destructive. Ask a German. The entire educated human race understands this now. We must politely defuse this. The next level up is right wing talk radio. We must defuse this too. I don’t know how yet. But right wing talk radio with it’s river of feeding on resentments must be aired out in the sunlight of something else. When I figure it out, I’ll post something. A remedy is in some strategy President Elect Obama can take once in office that will pull the entire rug out from underneath them psychologically. Does anyone have any ideas? Please post them over the next months as the Mudflats continues on.

5 11 2008
Jean (formerly) Recoil Zoo Palin Hussein

2:30 PM the day after–It’s STILL just sinking in.
Well done, Mudpups!–kudos to AKM for helping us stay sane; IN, VA, FL, OH especially (you ROCK!). I have never been so proud of my country! The Korbel was especially sweet.
I agree that Sarah Palin will disappear long before 2012. just like Fred Thompson (remember him?)–a flash in the pan. Although I can only hope that for Ms. Pitbull, it will be out of the pan and into the fire….go to it, you lovely Alaska folks! You know what you need to do! We’ll be cheering you on.

5 11 2008
MomsHugs (aka Eve)

AP has officially called GA’s Senate seat a run off (on 12/2). The winner needs 50 – Martin has 46.7, Chambliss has 49.8 & will likely get the Libertarian’s 3.4 unless the Dems really get behind this race & get those extra votes for Jim Martin! Atlanta counties have yet to include tens of thousands of absentee votes.

Election officials and reporters also were trying to figure out Wednesday how many votes remained to be counted. There still were an undetermined number of votes to be counted — possibly tens of thousands of early and absentee ballots from Fulton, Cobb and Gwinnett counties.
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2008/11/04/georgia_us_senate_election.html

5 11 2008
Enough Already

Wow so many comments I need to address. I HEAR YOU ALL… I am so busy and reading the blog two comments at a time and I finally caught up @ 3:30 pm.

SMR, I have been here with you all along in spirit, just too busy to read and then comment.

I am sorry that after ths historic win there are still some of you that have to deal with the jerks at work. They are so quiet here the cynical side of me is wondering if I’ll get hit with a speeding car on my way home.

But the optinistic side of me hopes that maybe we got through to many of them as it had been very quiet overall this past month and maybe more of them closet-voted for Obama then I think. I know that a few of those I sent here were impressed by my cool, respectful mudflat fam that stated their issues and concerns about SWMNBN and McCain in such articulate, respectful ways. I know your views and insight on her broke many from her voo-doo like spell.

Alas, we must stay together indefinitely and navigate the blowback as one. Hell hath no fury like a Republican scorned.

Then there is the fact that even though most of us have rid our lives of You-know-who, our new Alaskan brethren need our support now more then ever as she will come to the conclusion that abuse of power is something she can get away with and train her hate on those that aired her short-comings to the world.

People like her don’t accept personal responsibility for their actions and are very dangerous enemies to have.

So I guess you are stuck with us forever. Make the beds in the guest rooms Alaskan mudflatters, were staying for dinner and breakfast.

5 11 2008
Bear Woman

tspey and jo in ak: I agree wholeheartedly! I too am an Alaskan and we have work to do.

To the rest of mudflatters asking now what do we do? It is simple….

We continue as we have in the Obama campaign, only now we turn our time, efforts and money to making our communities and nation better. I believe that many of us who have worked and supported this campaign are also the workers and supporters in our communities and schools.

The best honor we can give President-elect Obama is to continue our work with pride, our donations to worthy causes, and remembrance that there are many who need our help as we have helped this campaign.

Indeed, YES WE CAN continue to make the US a better place!

5 11 2008
VTJen

Susie in Jersey (10:47:26) :
I am considering trying to make the inauguration but I need to find someone to take care of the 4-legged critters for two days and I’m concerned about being on my feet for many, many hours. I, also, thought if I go I’d stay north of DC.

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If you do find a “critter sitter” make your way south. DC is actually very “feet” friendly. The transportation system is amazing, open and accessable. Lots of elevators/escalators. I used the system with a One y/o in tow and really got a system down for getting my sweety to daycare and myself to work on time. I suggest bringing a portable chair (tri-pod type would be good) and when you need to cop a squat, you can do it anywhere you want.

As for staying North of DC – you can take the train from Penn Station in Baltimore City directly into Union Station. This is the same train that Joe the Veep took everyday from Deleware! From Union Sta you can take the Metro to our meeting spot near the Jefferson Memorial.

Ooooo, I love making travel plans. I really hope I can convince my family to make the trip.

5 11 2008
songsfromthebackyard

I’ve been following your site and it’s posts for the past couple of months. I never posted because I couldn’t think of anything more to add, but I directed all of my friends and co-workers to you site and they’ve enjoyed it too. Thank you SO much for all the information, humor, and insight that you have provided.
Great job!

5 11 2008
sherrie1690

I’ve been reading this blog from time to time–enjoying it thoroughly. I once had the good fortune to visit the great state of Alaska — first 2 weeks of August and I was so mixed up with the daylight lasting so long, that I don’t think I slept much until I got home! I was impressed with all the very high mountains that do not stop where the ocean begins–just continue on down into the water! I loved seeing the huge veggies from the Matanuska valley–incredible. Lot of bears, though. My fondest memory is actually seeing an ice worm while visiting one of your many glaciers! I looked down into one of the cracks in the glacial ice–you could’ve dropped a skyscraper down into it! Alaska is truly a magnificent place. (I digress.) Anyway, It’s only been 3-4 years ago I lived and worked in the Chicago area. I voted for Obama when he was running for senator–I was very impressed with him at that time–even more so now. I retired to another beautiful part of the United States, the “northwoods” of northern Michigan. I love it here except for some of the people here who do their own “smear campaigns” on each other all the time, and find it especially rewarding when attacking a newcomer! (Just the “usual” — they think we’re Chicago mobsters just like Al Capone–who lived about 80 years ago!) And talk about crooked politics — Chicago can’t hold a candle to these people! A lot of them think the same way as Palin — what can I say? However, as a Chicagoan, I’m friendly, but always speak my mind. (Chicago didn’t get the name “windy city” because of the fast movement of the air, you know–but from its “long-winded” people!) I began to find new friends who agreed with me, but who were not inclined speak their minds out loud. There are “thinking” people everywhere. This is good to know! I really love your blog.

5 11 2008
sherrie1690

I’ve been reading this blog from time to time–enjoying it thoroughly. I once had the good fortune to visit the great state of Alaska — first 2 weeks of August and I was so mixed up with the daylight lasting so long, that I don’t think I slept much until I got home! I was impressed with all the very high mountains that do not stop where the ocean begins–just continue on down into the water! I loved seeing the huge veggies from the Matanuska valley–incredible. Lot of bears, though. My fondest memory is actually seeing an ice worm while visiting one of your many glaciers! I looked down into one of the cracks in the glacial ice–you could’ve dropped a skyscraper down into it! Alaska is truly a magnificent place. (I digress.) Anyway, It’s only been 3-4 years ago I lived and worked in the Chicago area. I voted for Obama when he was running for senator–I was very impressed with him at that time–even more so now. I retired to another beautiful part of the United States, the “northwoods” of northern Michigan. I love it here except for some of the people here who do their own “smear campaigns” on each other all the time, and find it especially rewarding when attacking a newcomer! (Just the “usual” — they think we’re Chicago mobsters just like Al Capone–who lived about 80 years ago!) And talk about crooked politics — Chicago can’t hold a candle to these people! A lot of them think the same way as Palin — what can I say? However, as a Chicagoan, I’m friendly, but always speak my mind. (Chicago didn’t get the name “windy city” because of the fast movement of the air, you know–but from its “long-winded” people!) I began to find new friends who agreed with me, but who were not inclined to speak their minds out loud. There are “thinking” people everywhere. This is good to know! I really love your blog.

5 11 2008
Marianne

Now you can all scream “God damn America” and have a good time.

5 11 2008
rshalomw

Yes you did it. You rejected God’s ways and elected one who will be the most ungodly President in the history of the USA, unless he comes to salvation and repents (Turns from his ways to God’s ways). Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Him

5 11 2008
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5 11 2008
War on Error

Rshalom – What are you talking about? Obama is a Christian family man.

Are you one of the dominionist people that hope your children will receive supernational powers and take over the country? Is Sarah one of your Trojen Horses to hail in the Americam Paliban?

Violence, fear, and hatred are Satan’s children, not Christians. Your preacher is leading you down the WRONG path.

Love One Another, we are our brothers’ keepers.

5 11 2008
Nebraskan for Alaskans

I have been one of the “lurkers” since Palin was chosen as McCain’s VP candidate and I just want to thank all of you for your insights and humor. I will “lurk” in from time to time as I seem to have to check this website before going to bed at night. I have truly enjoyed everyone’s commentary. Yes, we did and we will continue to do so. The work is just beginning. Thanks for being there during this campaign. Being in a red state which may partially go blue, it was nice to hear the thoughts from another group in the same boat. Good night, Alaskans.

5 11 2008
Helen

*W00t!!* from Australia!




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