The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler


Posted on | November 6, 2012 | 115 Comments

UPDATE 10:35 p.m. ET: It’s over, folks: Obama wins Wisconsin, which invalidates any remaining alternative path to 27o for Mitt Romney. Florida looks very much like a loss for Romney, who will hang on to North Carolina and, maybe, Virginia, but that’s not enough if Florida is gone.

The last time I looked at Ohio results, Romney was trailing by 60,000 votes and actually under-performing in the bellwether, Butler County. But the apparent loss in Ohio is moot, without Florida. Also, Iowa and Colorado look kinda iffy. So it is time to think about what this means — The Final Wisdom, the gestalt of the zeitgeist, which I must write for the American Spectator.

Please forgive me for having encouraged anyone to believe that there was still hope to save America. We’re obviously doomed beyond all hope of redemption.

UPDATE 10:50 p.m. ET:The dark gloom of stygian night might be mildly lightened if you were to hit the tip jar.

* * PREVIOUSLY 7 p.m. * *

It’s 7 p.m. ET and polls just closed in the key battleground state of Virginia. It is also now 30 minutes until polls close here in the key battleground of Ohio.

The Other McCain Decision Desk™ 2012 is watching results closely, preparing to be first to declare officially that Mitt Romney has won.

UPDATE 7:15 p.m. ET: We can declare Romney the winner in Kentucky, Georgia and South Carolina, while Obama has won the Peoples Democratic Republic of Vermont.

UPDATE 7:25 p.m. ET: CNN just called Indiana for Romney, but still considers Georgia and South Carolina “too close to call.”

The word for this is not “journalism,” but hallucinations.

UPDATE 7:33 p.m. ET: CNN just called West Virginia for Romney, but South Carolina and Georgia “too close to call”? And they’re also reporting exit polls as if they were talking about actual results.

UPDATE 7:45 p.m. ET: Finally, Wolf Blitzer decides that South Carolina can be safely called for Mitt Romney, as if there were ever any doubt at all.

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UPDATE 7:50 p.m. ET: Decision Desk™ 2012 is going to the store to buy a couple of packs of cigarettes. John King is on CNN babbling Democrat propaganda like the dishonest stooge he is. Polls haven’t even closed yet in the Panhandle of Florida, and King is giving a spin on the results that would make David Plouffe proud.

UPDATE 8:36 p.m. ET: Maryland, Illinois, Maine, Massaschusetts and Connecticut for Obama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas for Romney. Still going over the map. Virginia and Florida currently appear too close to call. I’m looking hard at North Carolina.

UPDATE 9:30 p.m. ET: Still crunching numbers here. If Mitt wins Florida, it will be by a very narrow margin, and Virginia is giving me the sweats. Loudoun County now at Obama 51% to Romney 48%, which aren’t the kind of numbers that reassure me.

The Decision Desk™ just got himself a cold Yuengling.

UPDATE 9:45 p.m. ET: Obama wins both Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. Romney maintains leads in North Carolina and Virginia. Florida remains neck-and-neck.

UPDATE 10:05 p.m. ET: You’ll excuse my failure to report numbers from Ohio, but if Romney can’t win Florida, Ohio is moot and the numbers aren’t looking too encouraging in Florida right now.

UPDATE 10:25 p.m. ET: Obama wins Wisconisn.




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  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    CNN has scary results for Florida with about 25% in, but I am sure those are Obama counties reporting first. So stay calm and have a drink. I recommend bourbon in honor of Kentucky going the right way first.

  • FenelonSpoke

    CNN called WV for OBAMA? You’re kidding me

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  • steveb

    Romney has won West Virginia. In Florida, those results were in early voting. Romney will win Florida by 6, at least.

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  • Mike G.

    There was never any doubt about my state.

  • Quartermaster

    Politico has Romney taking WV, SC, OK, KY, IN, & TN

    FL R- 49.7 to Zer0’s 49.5 with 30.9% reporting
    NC R-51.3 to 47.9 with 10.8% Reporting
    VA R-56.8 to 42 with 26% reporting

    Allen is ahead of Kaine in VA

    Zer0 is way ahead of Mittens in Ohio, but it is still very early. Ohio’s returns are coming in much slower than I’ve seen their stuff come in before.

    As of 8:36 EST

  • Finrod Felagund

    Nope, it’s Romney.

  • Quartermaster

    Consider the source.

  • robertstacymccain

    Thanks for calling my attention to the typo. Fixed.

  • Finrod Felagund

    What’s scary to me about Florida is that at quarter till nine, 60 percent of Florida is counted and it’s still bouncing back and forth between Romney and Obama alternately taking a 51-49 lead.

  • Quartermaster

    NBC has R winning SC, GA, AL, MS, WV, KY, TN, IN, AR & OK with 88 EV to 47 for Zer0. 8:51 PM EST

  • Finrod Felagund

    Feh, Fox News has called PA for Obama.

  • Quartermaster

    67.4% reporting according to Politico and the two are separated by 3047 votes with Zer0 on top at the moment @9:24 pm EST

    Hopefully we won’t have any hanging chads this time around.

  • Quartermaster

    Politico and NBC have MI in the Obama column. The map still has far more red than blue. at those two. So far VA is running strong for Mittens and he also has a slim lead in NC. I did my part for MIttens in NC and I hope there is some sense down east and Mittens lead holds to the end. I’m hoping for a turnaround in FL too. OH keeps tightening for Mittens, and it looks like PA is probably out of reach for Mittens, but the returns are rather slim on both Politico and NBC.

  • Quartermaster

    NBC has called PA for the Bummer.

  • Quartermaster

    NBC is calling WI for the Bummer. It’s a bit early in my opinion, however.

  • benning

    Y’know, I just got home from work, and this is NOT looking good! >:(

    And what are Pennsylvanians gonna do for work? Obama will destroy everything in that state. Sheesh!

    I need a drink!

  • benning

    It was a black pen and paper ballot this time. No chads. LOL

  • Finrod Felagund

    Fox has called MI, WI and NH for Obama. Ow.

  • Soylent Green

    It’s a bloodbath.
    Like 2010 never happened.

  • JeffS

    Look at the percentage of precincts reporting in WI….11%! Too early to call, either way, but it’s leaning towards Mitts.

  • JeffS

    Looks the Fox server is slow. At least, the Electoral Votes aren’t coming up.

  • JeffS

    Back up now. Shows Romney closing the gap in OH.

  • JeffS

    Way early.

  • JeffS

    AoS shows Mitt/Zero as 164 to 132. Fox sez 162 to 157.

    It’s gonna be close.

  • JeffS

    OK, Ace revised their current tally: 190/126.

  • Zilla of the Resistance

    Are Pennsylvanians RETARDED, or is the msm lying again?

  • JeffS

    From Fox: Ohio, 51% of the precincts reporting, Mitts/Zero 51%/48%, but that’s down from a 7% gap an hour ago.

    Hope remains. Even if Obama buggered the concept.

  • JeffS

    Wups! Backwards: Mitts/Zero at 48%/51%

    Sorry. Not enough pudding.

  • M. Thompson

    I’m really wanting to drink more tonight, but I need to go to class tomorrow.

  • JeffS

    Stacy, where are you getting your WI results from?

  • JeffS

    OH gap down to 2%, 58% precincts reporting.

  • JeffS

    FL: As Stacy noted, not looking good.

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  • JeffS

    Current EV tally/estimate, Mitt/Zero –>

    Fox: 174/163

    AoS: 191/130

  • steveb

    Massive, digital voter fraud, unprecedented in American history. No other explanation. They’ve learned how to change results. This isn’t an election – this is a coup.

  • Quartermaster

    I think it’s too early for MI and WI. I think PA is out of reach. With the tallies going as they are in FL, that may be out of reach too, but things do remain close.

    Like Soylent, however, it seems as though 2010 never happened. The problem is Mittens himself, in my opinion.

    In The Mass Senate race, it’s been called for Fauxcahontas. All of the excuses aside, Brown was simply too much like a Dim to raise much enthusiasm. If he had changed a couple of his votes, he might have made it, but he brought the house down around his head. He has only himself to blame.

  • Becca Lower

    What’s the currency exchange rate with Vanuatu? Maybe we could all move there, she says, smiling through tears.

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  • Zilla of the Resistance

    Yeah, cuz I see that MITT IS LEADING THERE NOW!!!
    The MSM is messing with all of our heads.

    MITT JUST WON NC and Idaho.

  • Zilla of the Resistance

    This isn’t over, the MSM is pushing fear porn. THIS IS NOT OVER YET!

  • EBL

    All I have to say is it would not have been as good under Romney and it will not be as bad under Obama. And that is due to people of goodwill and mendacious individuals regardless of who wins.

  • Becca Lower

    What are you talking about? I turned off the MSM over an hour ago.

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  • JeffS

    Things are not looking good, but WI is still only showing 38% of the precincts reporting. Mitt and Zero are within 10K votes of each other.


    If I must despair, it’ll come from the vote tally, not from projections.

    Now, I’m just worried.

  • YourMaster

    If Romney wins the National Popular vote then he will ‘win’ the electoral votes of nine states, that signed into law National Popular Vote laws, meaning a state like California will award its Electoral Votes to Romney. Details at this Los Angeles CBS News article