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With bated breath …

There are so many things that have happened in our recent history – things that have changed the world, things that change the definition of destiny, things that change who we think we can be, what we think we can achieve, things that change the boundaries of what is and is not. The West Wing gave us a glimpse of what it could be like. Season 7 took us though the Primaries with Matt Santos the minority candidate and into the general election under the guiding hand of Josh Lyman as they set the stage for Barack Obama and David Axelrod.

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Reality kicked in on the 10th February 2007 when Obama announced his national campaign at the place where just some 149 years earlier, Abraham Lincoln delivered his “House Divided” speech. A primary campaign sometimes referred to as the ‘Never Ending Story’ took us through to the 3rd. June when Obama was nominated as the presumptive candidate therein setting the stage for the national campaign between Barack Obama and John McCain.

Today is Sunday the 2nd. November 2008, just a couple of days away from the most important political moment in my life. Within 72 hours we will be watching the numbers rolling in. But unlike every other election – the substance and the implications of this election are tectonic in nature.

Today we wait with bated breath.

1,146 Responses to “With bated breath …”

  1. 1001
    Gaffhook says:

    TF Obi has done it. They should round up that effin imbecile and all his mates tomorrow so they can’t do anything stupid between now and the inaug.
    Fuck em all i say Paddy!
    I gave up drinkin 5 years ago but i spose theres no reason i cant freeze one and chew it!

  2. 1002
    Gaffhook says:

    Spammy you are gettin the idea
    You gotta burn him as well after you Fuck-him. LOL

  3. 1003
    HarryH says:

    The South have clearly said no to 60 Dem Senators.

    Dems under perform in Georgia, Missisippi, Louisiana and even Kentucky.

    That c*nt Saxby Chambliss wins again.

  4. 1004
    Spam Box says:

    but i spose theres no reason i cant freeze one and chew it!

    yes, I reckon that makes it food, not drink (Dio, do you concur?)

  5. 1005
    paddy says:

    I gave up drinkin 5 years ago but i spose theres no reason i cant freeze one and chew it!
    I fear the only thing that will keep me sane is a wee drinkie.
    Those talking heads are just too awful to bear without chemical help :)

    The cream would be Al Franken. :mrgreen:

  6. 1006
    HarryH says:

    Fox calls Virginia for Barack

    Damn…thats confederate country.

    Congrats Barack. I bet that is special for every African America.

  7. 1007
    Noocat says:

    1003 Yeah HarryH, Dems won’t be getting 60 senate seats. Probably 58 or 57 if Joe Lieberman is booted over to the Repug side. It’s a shame, but at least they have a majority in both houses.

  8. 1008
    asanque says:

    NC now has McCain 16k ahead

  9. 1009
    David Gould says:

    RCP calls Virginia for Obama.

  10. 1010
    Gaffhook says:

    Spammy you may wish to include one of these for him:

    (_!_) a regular arse
    (_o_) an arse that’s been around
    (_x_) kiss my arse
    (_E=mc2_) a smart arse
    (_?_) Dumb arse

    more in the playground!

  11. 1011
    Spam Box says:

    Adam in Canberra
    Posted Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 2:43 pm | Permalink
    Spam Bx, I also said that Howard wd lose his seat. I don’t recall anyone making predictions here on economic matters – I certainly never have. I concede that I underestimated Obama in both the primaries and the general. On the latter, however, I think McCain would have been competitive and might even have won had the GFC not happened.

  12. 1012
    Noocat says:

    Fox News already talking up Obama’s presidency as a problem for the country! Not a second wasted…

  13. 1013
    Noocat says:

    [On the latter, however, I think McCain would have been competitive and might even have won had the GFC not happened.]

    In other words, Obama got lucky!

  14. 1014
    asanque says:

    Obama still 16k behind in NC. Any hope?

  15. 1015
    Gaffhook says:

    If he gets that close he will be able to give lieberman the flick by promoting a couple of moderate Repug Senators to his staff from Dem Governed states and the have the Governor replace them with a Dem. Game over, fillibusterfucked!

  16. 1016
    paddy says:

    Spam Box

    Sweet of the good Dr to be so gracious. :)

  17. 1017
    David Gould says:

    Obama in front in Indiana … :)

  18. 1018
    Spam Box says:

    yes, how nice of him :)

    this next thing is too much..right? ;)

    ……..(’(…´…´…. ¯~/’…’)
    ……….”…\………. _.•´

  19. 1019
    HarryH says:

    Obi hits the lead in Indiana…93% done

  20. 1020
    Noocat says:

    Virginia 51-49 Obama

  21. 1021
    asanque says:

    Obama retakes lead in Indiana by 6k votes!

  22. 1022
    HarryH says:

    33% done in MN

    Franken up 1% in Senate
    Wingnut up 3% in House

  23. 1023
    Noocat says:

    CNN have called Virginia for Obama

  24. 1024
    Noocat says:

    CNN has now named Obama as president-elect!

  25. 1025
    Spam Box says:

    CNN, its OBAMA!

  26. 1026
    asanque says:

    MSN projects Obama victory with 284 now locked in

  27. 1027
    Spam Box says:

    CHEERS!!!!!! everybody :mrgreen:

  28. 1028
    paddy says:

    Pop goes the fizz Yea!!!

  29. 1029
    Spam Box says:

    yes we did!

  30. 1030
    Diogenes says:



  31. 1031
    Spam Box says:


    Where’s the damn Bris crowd?

  32. 1032
    Noocat says:

    Just gotta savour this moment. 2008 is a big year in history.

  33. 1033
    paddy says:

    Spam Box Says:
    Where’s the damn Bris crowd?

    Ratarsed no doubt. :)
    What a great moment.

  34. 1034
    David Gould says:

    Fantastic. :)

  35. 1035
    Spam Box says:

    Dancing, dancing in the streets!


  36. 1036
    Noocat says:

    How great would it be to be in that Chicago crowd right now

  37. 1037
    Noocat says:

    McCain is about to speak

  38. 1038
    Spam Box says:

    Walnuts on CNN

  39. 1039
    Catrina says:

    NYTs is reporting Obama President Elect.

    Obama Wins Election
    By ADAM NAGOURNEY 8 minutes ago

    Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday, as the country chose him as its first black chief executive.

  40. 1040
    Spam Box says:

    The loser = “We’ve come along way from the old injustices”

    yeah, just a bit too far for your arsehole campaign to capture the “old” spirit eh?

    piss off

  41. 1041
    paddy says:

    Not a bad speech by old walnuts.
    At least he tried the reconciliation path.
    Sad what a toxic drink he’s brewed.
    Thank God he didn’t win.

    Sounds like he’s going to dress up as a moose for a holiday in Alaska.

    Good luck chasing helicopters John.

  42. 1042
    asanque says:

    Where’s Obama’s speech?:P

  43. 1043
    Spam Box says:

    Yeah, he did good, mainly cos he isn’t smiling :)

  44. 1044
    Noocat says:

    At least he gave a dignified a speech. Pity his campaign was far from dignified.

  45. 1045
    asanque says:

    NC is still close. 5k to Mccain with 5% left

  46. 1046
    Noocat says:

    Get ready for Obama!

  47. 1047
    paddy says:

    They’ve sewn his lips shut spammy. :)

  48. 1048
    HarryH says:

    Hey McGutterCampaign……..Pack up what’s left of your honour and twaddle off to the Senate to share your tales of woe with Hill and Holy Joe.

  49. 1049
    HarryH says:

    Obi looking good in IN and NC now.

  50. 1050
    paddy says:

    MSNBC are at 333.
    But we need 666 :mrgreen:

  51. 1051
    Noocat says:

    Just saw Oprah Winfrey in the Chicago crowd

  52. 1052
    Noocat says:

    1049 Noticed that HarryH. When all votes are counted, this will be deemed a landslide… which is historic in itself for a non-incumbent.

  53. 1053
    asanque says:

    Obama ahead by 30k in NC. Still 5% left.

  54. 1054
  55. 1055
    Spam Box says:


    They’ve sewn his lips shut spammy


  56. 1056
    Spam Box says:


    You get what I mean :)

  57. 1057
    paddy says:

    From those drunken sods in Brissie.
    Possum: Tomorrows Henderson – “but if it was Hillary standing, she would have won the election yesterday”

  58. 1058
    HarryH says:

    Talking Head on CNN has line of the night:

    “The new face of America is NOT Joe the Plumber”

  59. 1059
    paddy says:

    I won’t comment about this one, but……………….. :)

  60. 1060
    HarryH says:

    I love Al Franken lol

    Karl Rove on Fox just said he ‘s met Franken once. Franken came over to Rove at a dinner and said:

    “Hi..i’m Al Franken. And you’re Karl Rove…..And i hate you”….and walked off.


  61. 1061
    Noocat says:

    Peter Brent was another one who earlier proclaimed an Obama win an impossibility. Why? Apparently Americans are too racist to vote for a Black man, but just like Adam Carr, his analysis was based on a non-changing world, stuck somewhere between 1990 and 2004.

  62. 1062
    paddy says:

    I’m sure Poss won’t mind for those who aren’t linked to the crikey liveblog. Too sweet by far. :)

    Possum: Tomorrow’s Greg Sheridan “The glorious new regime of the Obama national security apparatus is a sight to behold (kiss, slurp). While my good mate Richard Armitage (flutter) was a powerful manbeast, the new masters of my universe reflect a human capability whose boldness is only surpassed by it’s intellectual depth”.

    And with the stroke of a pen, 8 years of gratuitous arse kissing and cringeworthy fawning of a incompetence writ large will be washed away for 8 years of gratuitous arse kissing and cringeworthy fawning of the new regime.

  63. 1063
    Noocat says:

    Obama about to speak now

  64. 1064
    Spam Box says:

    Oh yeah :mrgreen:

  65. 1065
    paddy says:

    The Kid’s on now!!

  66. 1066
    Spam Box says:


  67. 1067
    Spam Box says:

    I dunno, the guy has never been good at public speaking :mrgreen:

    so I’m not expecting much :mrgreen:

  68. 1068
    Spam Box says:

    yes we can

  69. 1069
    Spam Box says:

    Well, there’s your basic stump speech, nothing inspiring in that … LOL :mrgreen:

  70. 1070
    paddy says:

    Well let’s go for understatement here…….. Not a bad speech?

    Go for it kid….You nailed it!!!

    Tissues please. :)

  71. 1071
    HarryH says:

    1061 Noocat

    Spot on about Peter
    Brent and Herr Dokter

  72. 1072
    HarryH says:

    From George W Bush to Barack Obama

    From Boiled Duck to Roast Minted Lamb

  73. 1073
    David Gould says:

    Brilliant speech.

  74. 1074
    Noocat says:

    Wow. Still wiping the tears off my face!

  75. 1075
  76. 1076
    paddy says:

    If you thought that the kid’s ears were bad. Try the glasses on the pundit on SBS right now!
    Good grief!!!

  77. 1077
    Spam Box says:

    I feel we’ve been let down by the Jubilee crew… oh well, there’s still time ;)

  78. 1078
    paddy says:

    And as for steven loosely……. Get a life man.
    You’re out of your league.

  79. 1079

    An excellent speech.

  80. 1080
    HarryH says:

    Paul Begala on CNN hit it on the head for me. And it is why i (who had completely given up on America and hated it with all my heart) think it now has a chance with Barack Obama leading it:

    Begala iterated:

    Obama could have easily whooped up the crowd tonight(like we are so used to seeing Americans do) but instead….he hushed it…..and made it think.

    Change………let’s hope they can.

  81. 1081
    Noocat says:

    1080 HarryH – That tells me that Obama is serious about change and his new role as president. It’s not personal glory as much as it is a genuine desire to help change the world…

  82. 1082
    paddy says:

    Spot on HarryH
    He’s actually conducted his entire campaign in a way that’s left the pundits scratching their heads.

    They (the pundits) have had 8 years of knowing they were smarter than the pres.
    Sorry guys…. Those days are over.
    This guy is so much smarter than you are…..You’re toast!
    Get fucked. It’s time for change and *he* decides the agenda.
    Not you!

  83. 1083
    Noocat says:

    So, so true Paddy. It’s been a long time since the U.S. elected a president this smart.

  84. 1084
    Kirribilli Removals says:

    What an day, what a year, what a victory!

    Yes we can!

    Obama’s speech was gracious towards McCain, and even Macca was to Obama too, but did you hear the Republican hyenas booing Obama?

    God, that’s what Obama was decrying, and that’s the call the voters heard: it’s time for change.

    Well they’ve got it now, and not before time.

  85. 1085

    Obama will win North Carolina, Indiana and Missouri. Montana has some very unfriendly precincts that haven’t reported yet and so McCain should retain Montana. The electoral vote of NE-02 is very tight but it appears that Obama will win it by around 4,000 votes.

    That will give Obama a final total of 376 electoral votes.

  86. 1086
    asanque says:

    Hope the US realise the job is not over.Bachmann is leading by 5%, with 67% counted in Minnesota.There will also be 50 million americans who still voted repugs despite the last 8 years and the worst campaign ever.All cynicism aside, I am the most hopeful now for the US and the world then at anytime in my lifetime :)That was a fantastic speech.   Go Obama!  Yes we can :)

  87. 1087

    McCain just gained a sudden lead in Missouri though Obama can still win it.

  88. 1088
    paddy says:

    asanque Says:
    Hope the US realize the job is not over.Bachmann is leading by 5%

    I have to admit Asanque, that’s probably the saddest result of this election.
    I’d hoped that Kos and the other blogs etc, had dealt a lethal blow to the US version of “our Pauline”.

    Oh well. It’s time to drown the sorrows and curse those lazy sods in Brissie. Who can’t even be bothered send us ticksters the odd Ipod photo or three. :)

  89. 1089
    Spam Box says:

    KR… did you see 1011?

    is that true?

  90. 1090
    Spam Box says:

    Adam was replying to this

    Oie! Dr Carr, Kirribilli Removals sure can pick em eh, – Howards loses seat, Obama wins primary, GFC, America in recession and now Obama is da prez

    Not bad for an ignorant loathing lefty

  91. 1091
    asanque says:

    Looks like 364?
    Montana and Missouri don’t look good.

  92. 1092
    asanque says:

    Its been an honour and a privilege to be on this blog with everyone today :)

    Its the end of a long journey and the start of a brave new world.

    Time for the celebration dinner and drinks!

  93. 1093
    Ferny Grover says:

    Guys, apologies from all of us at the Jubilee.
    We had one PC and problems with the wifi. Believe me, it’s been a technically frustrating time and we had real problems getting the internet to work. We wanted to share the moment with you and all of us are sorry that we coudn’t

    Nonetheless, it looks like you carried on wonderfully well without us. WHAT A FREAKIN’ RESULT!!!!!

    I believe this requires a heartfelt –

    FUCK YEAH!!!

  94. 1094
    Spam Box says:

    1093… fuck off. we don’t believe a word of that! .. you were all just too pissed and having a good time ;)

    Having said that… fair enough, we believe you and all is forgiven… just ‘up’ a few pics and everybody will be happy :mrgreen:

  95. 1095
    paddy says:

    Dear Ferny Grover, we here at 101 understand the difficulties you’ve been struggling with.

    Be assured. When you’re finally released from detention in sunny Brisbane….. We will allow you a generous amount of time to say goodbye to your relations.
    After that…..You will have to deal with Christopher Hitchens.
    Your tears will be music to our ears. :)

    We’ll all be sitting in the “best” seats.
    Cheering on the A.B. Friggin C.
    Hoping you’re better than Tony Jones. :)

    Never mind. What a day!!! Loved every minute.

  96. 1096
    Ferny Grover says:

    Spammy….pics are on the way. There may even be a movie!

  97. 1097
    HarryH says:

    Franken has that skunk Coleman in his sights now.

    Drawn level….90% counted.

    Go Al.

  98. 1098
    Spam Box says:

    “the horror” ;)

  99. 1099
    paddy says:

    I’ll give you a fuckin movie you bastard!!!
    If you should move south of the Mason/brisbane Dixon/sydney line…….
    We’ll be waitin (pardon my dropped G’s) for you.
    Just thank your lucky stars that you don’t have to listen to Bob Carr.
    Mind you Robert Mann sounds like how I feel (Sob)
    Thanks Bob.
    I want blood and a better America.

    Heck. It’s actually a great day.
    Thanks to all.

  100. 1100

    Missouri has gone right down to the wire. With less than 0.5% of the votes to be counted, and votes to come from precincts favourable to both sides, McCain leads by only 554 votes.