We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Alinsky rules, just like the Obama campaigns of the past. God forbid, ACORN's evil prevails again, questions for myself and others will be to expatriate or not, to "John Galt" or not. Obama's Civilian Security Force, just as big, powerful, and well-funded as the U.S. military, will be doing bed checks and fire drills at your house before you know it, shortly after they confiscate your personal firearms. Michelle O told us we wouldn't go back to life as usual, that we would have to work for Barack-the-President, for change, whether we like it or not.
I'm going to vote now. Clothes pin for nose to vote McCain? Check.
I worked the poll here in this district from 6-10 (voting began at 7, and polls close at 7). This is a fairly small, conservative voting district, with a GOP majority. It was amazing. At 6, there were people waiting outside the church. When we opened the doors at 7, the line went all the way around the church and down the street.
At 10, I cast the 396th vote. That's a huge turnout for this district, a huge GOP turnout. There was no sign of any more "youth" voters than usual. There were some volunteers for candidates standing outside when I left, and both the two Dems and two Republicans agreed that from the reactions of the voters to them as they went to vote, most were voting GOP.
If there is a massive GOP turnout all over the state, McCain has a very good shot at carrying Pennsylvania. I'm seeing similar reports from Indiana, Virginia and Florida.
Also note: The polls assume a huge Democrat turnout and a depressed GOP turnout. That's not what's happening here. I suspected as much. That's how we won in 2004 -- huge turnout. I think we're going to see a huge GOP turnout in all the battleground states. We may also see a huge Dem turnout. That will make the race close; it won't seal it for Obama. Not, that is, unless the Dems get a bigger turnout.
Don't look for results from Pennsylvania until late. We're expecting many polls to still be voting at least until 11. "The polls close at 7" only means the doors close. Everybody inside still gets to vote. In this district, it will take about 90 minutes to get everybody inside through. In larger voting districts, it will take even longer. That's going to make "early reports" based on exit polls even more problematic than they were in 2004. Let's hope the media learned their lesson about that.
I'm going back to work from 4-6. Turnout did slack off from the first hour, but it's much heavier than any other election I've seen here, and people who have been working elections for years say it's bigger than even what they saw in 2004.