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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.

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Well What a sad, sorry piece of nonsense.
Christopher H tries to be Mr USA wonderful on the ABC. He fucked up better than even the most cynical of us could believe.
Cheers my dears. Let’s love each other and hope we’ll survive the bad bits.


Good to see Herr Doktor getting amnesia about some of his adamant claims about Obama! LOL

And us “ignorant loathing lefties” get the last laugh, eh?

Looks like you are going to have to get one of the removal vans out of mothballs to go and relieve one of them bookies of their hard earned.
Hope you are not feeling guilty of same.

As for Ferny’s fucken movie its probably a coupla lap dancers at Brekky Creek. 😀

Thank you everyone for all your contributions to this blog. We all knew Obama was going to win, even way back at the start of the year, so it was great to watch this history-making moment unfold with you all.

David Plouffe, David Axelrod … if either of you ever enter my sphere… sing out… I believe there’s a beer or two with your names on em

Not like those cheap fuckers at the Jubilee 😉 :mrgreen:

us “ignorant loathing lefties” get the last laugh, eh?

You!!! You bastard.
If there was one person who was
“mad bad and dangerous to know”….. It was *you* Kirri.
Thanks for the wonderful ride,. Ever since you dragged Janette, kicking and screaming from the the “house by the water”. We’ve all been blown away to know you. While we enjoy your devastating wit.
Thanks a million mate.
Lets enjoy it while it lasts.
Cheers Paddy

yes, Cat… it’s good eh… Thanks BTW for setting up this blog… If you look up “Legend” in Oxford’s… there’s a picture of you :mrgreen:

Ferny – the Wi Fi was a killer. I had to file a piece for a US outfit and couldnt keep a connection to send it. So many apologies for having to leave a bit early (tried to have a nap for another engagement tonight but that didn’t really pan out after today’s excitement). Hope the Jubilee crowd party long into the night!

So a few early snaps:
Waiting for the action:

Guess who? Pondering the consequences in the mid west and the Prairie States of the early swing amongst white, male, second decile income earners in South Western Indiana (or not 🙂 ):

If you look really closely you can feel the hubris! 😀

And just to show that it’s not all fun and games, some of us had to work hard throughout the morning!

And no, that isn’t Jen’s hand doing things it ought not to be doing! 😀

Since were doing credits.. all of you (except for evil Jubilee people who didn’t do what they should have) ;)… thank you

Cat… what can I say( that I didn’t at 1109) … thanks

KR… extraordinary insight… thank you so much

Herr Dokter

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He may certainly be getting amnesia or alsheimers but i bet he wishes he was getting parkinsons instead.
Better to spill half a beer than forget where he put the fucken thing.

I dropped one of his posts in the playground at 24 just so we could read it every now and then and we could remind him that he would be better off preaching history instead of predicting it to us “ignorant loathing lefties”.

I cant wait for the repug internal shit fight for entertainment now.

It has certainly been a brilliant day and most enjoyable reading everyones input.

Once again a big thankyou to Catrina for making it possible. I am sure i would have been a victim of the snip over the fence if that was the only outlet.

The 3 amigos will refuse to eat a shit sandwich reason being they hate bread. Guess they will have to roll in it for a while.

Really enjoyed the ride to date and thanks for all the good and witty contributions. I would guess that Obama is the first black leader of any western country?

Possum Comitatus
Brilliant Poss.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more dangerous gang of marsupials.
Thanks a bunch for the madness that kept us sane today.
The pics were fabulous.
May you and Mrs Possum keep the northerners sane.
While we, here in the south, give Andrew Bolt a good whacking around the ears.
God it’s been a good day!! 🙂

To Cat and fellow Gilligans Islanders….Job done:


who’s next????……..Kevin07?

or should we go on a 12 month crusade on Conroy lol

fivethirtyeight reporting that Franken and Merkeley will likely win.

And a screwup in Georgia, where they “forgot” to count some early votes will likely push Chambliss under the 50% threshold.

That would mean a Georgia runoff in a months time for the 60th seat lol


There’s a transcript on Crikey:

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.

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.

It’s the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.

It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.

I just received a very gracious call from Senator McCain. He fought long and hard in this campaign, and he’s fought even longer and harder for the country he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine, and we are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader. I congratulate him and Governor Palin for all they have achieved, and I look forward to working with them to renew this nation’s promise in the months ahead.

I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on that train home to Delaware, the Vice President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.

I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last 16 years, the rock of our family and the love of my life, our nation’s next First Lady, Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House. And while she’s no longer with us, I know my grandmother is watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight, and know that my debt to them is beyond measure.

To my campaign manager David Plouffe, my chief strategist David Axelrod, and the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics, you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what you’ve sacrificed to get it done.

But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to, it belongs to you.

I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn’t start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington, it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.

It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give five dollars and ten dollars and twenty dollars to this cause. It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation’s apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth. This is your victory.

I know you didn’t do this just to win an election and I know you didn’t do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime, two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century. Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how they’ll make the mortgage, or pay their doctor’s bills, or save enough for college. There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair.

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you, we as a people will get there.


There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it’s been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years, block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

What began twenty-one months ago in the depths of winter must not end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek; it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers, in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people.

Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House, a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, “We are not enemies, but friends, though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.” And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn; I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down, we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security, we support you. And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright, tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.

For that is the true genius of America, that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that’s on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She’s a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing; Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn’t vote for two reasons; because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.

And tonight, I think about all that she’s seen throughout her century in America ¿ the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can’t, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.

At a time when women’s voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.

When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.

When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.

She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that “We Shall Overcome.” Yes we can.

A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes we can.

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves, if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:

Yes We Can. Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.

With your indulgence Catrina…as always…
For ron, GG, Adam & ‘I’m having one’
‘butterflys dazed today…
& black
& black
traditional white & blue
a ‘blue’ win ‘off red’
the snotted dream set
Paint, poetry & the undercoat’s lament; when the ‘thinkskin’ just wears out…& the hanky is loaded, a blow too many…’

lol cheers codger

Go Alaska!!!!!!!!!!!!

Troopergate Barbie is the Guv

Convicted Felon Ted Stevens…..yup yup lets re-elect him to the Senate.

Stevens’ sidekick Don Young…..yup yup lets re-elect him to the House too.

HaHaHa gotta love em.

The Kid is President Elect. He transformed his victory moment into oratory for the ages; inclusive, rhythmic and spell-binding. Big day for the planet and many of its inhabitants, especially Americans.
Still in a daze, but got home before dark when the bat shifts change and the newly awakened ones are seriously on the fang for the red stuff…..

A group of hardy Ticsters gathered at The Jube.
jen and Katielou from Victoria and Sydney; jaundiced view from central coast NSW; Possum, Ferny and Lou, DogB, Flaneur from Brissie; Ecky and Min, Sunny Coast.
John Hay from his blog came, engaged and had a ball.

Hoop from SCU, Georgia, Sam and Marita joined us for The History. And a couple of delightful young ladies from Cleveland, Obi supporters from Ohio came over to join in the Irish O’Bama song.

The internet connection was not as good as it could have been which was a shame, but wouldn’t have missed the day for quids. Thanks for coming everyone, still hasn’t sunk it yet.
Anyway, not only was our early call that The Kid had the goods, correct, we have it on record in cyberspace that we fought the good fight for one of this century’s biggest calls.

Oh, happy days….and what a ride!
You guys were superb for those of us with pc probs. My screen kept freezing and what with rushing upstairs to watch CNN and then back again to check polls, search for Brissie mob and typing my 2 cents worth only to have it frozen again, ………
Finally hit the pillow after Obi’s acceptance speech which was around 6am in these parts. Certainly worth every minute as I watched the tears roll down Jesse Jackson’s face, the emotion in the eyes of the crowd- felt not dissimilar to the reaction to Kev’s “Sorry” speech in parts.
You were smashing company 🙂

Had to be away from the PC for some time today, just popping in now and then to see the score, back at last. What joy, what fun, could not be better!
I have so enjoyed this journey, and all the new friends (even though I was lurking most of the time!). I am looking forward to the next political or electoral crisis that needs our undoubted good judgment and enviable intelligence! I know so much more about the USA situation now than I did when we started.
When I was young ( a long time ago) I remember believing that clear thought and honest compassion could solve or at least alleviate any terrible situation anywhere in the world. As I got older, I realised it was not quite as easy as all that, but with a bit of effort it still has the ring of truth.
For those still in Brisbane, we forgive you for the lack of contact – but if the vote went the other way you would have been in trouble – you could have phoned in!. Hope the hangovers are not too bad, lots of water before going to sleep helps somewhat!

A really good recount of Obama’s campaign, right from the primary days:

…a good read, and it concludes with this gem:

“He transcended race,” Mr. Stevens said. “At the time of crisis, it became particularly irrelevant.”

Back in Washington, Mr. Belcher, the pollster, was finding something similar. Mr. Obama was showing strength even among white voters Mr. Belcher had identified as having racial biases. It was a phenomenon captured in a photograph he shared last week of a homemade sign with the Confederate flag. It read: “Rednecks for Obama. Even we’ve had enough.”

Back again, I went looking for an American party to celebrate and couldn’t find one. Wasn’t it brilliant stuff! Next election 2010, non presidential. One third senate. Start building now Barack. Well get the 60 seats then. 😆

Fuck it Ecky. Despite your erudition. We love you’se all.
It’s been a special day and I can’t imagine a better one.
The eau de cologne down in Sth Gippsland has been running hot.
With loads of people who shouldn’t care…. Sobbing tears of joy over the wires and protesting they’ve just had too much to drink.
It’s good to know that there are so many around this wide brown land, who understand what we’ve all just gone through is something special.
So raise a glass….Drink a beer……And thank our lucky stars that we saw this frabjous day.
Cheers from a load of hopeless cases down south.

Just want to say that I’ve never met a better bunch of people than those that gathered at the Jubilee today. That may mean that I should get out more, but it doesn’t. 😉

Best wishes, and don’t let the b*st*rds grind you down!

Finally the Confederacy has fallen. Barack has taken the Confederate headquarters. Virginia, along with North Carolina.

This election was for all those that fought with the Tuskegee Airmen, one of the finest fighter groups in the USAF. They escorted the bombers over Berlin facing some of the toughest and best units the Luftwaffe could muster. They didn’t lose one bomber to the enemy. They returned to America to be treated as second class citizens. They were one of the most highly decorated American units in WW2.

This was for election the Wind Talkers Americas finest code translators that were kept secret till about 20 years ago. They returned to the same discrimination they endured before they enlisted. Their code was never broken by the Japanese, and without there help 100’s of thousands of American lives would have been lost. They were discriminated against because they were Navajo.

This election was for the greatest fighting unit and most highly decorated. They endured prisons and treated like dirt. They took on the Germans at Anzio in Italy and became one of Americas highly decorated units in American infantry history. They came back to more discrimination. All because they were Japanese.

To the Union soldiers who have never had a movie made about them, and their victory was taken away by the setting up of a sham political system.
It’s all been worth it. Because Obama’s won it against the odds and it wouldn’t have been possible without you.

The Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen Movie Laurence Fishburne

The Windtalkers Movie Nicolas Cage

The Windtalkers Movie Review

Chris, thanks for that take on the Tuskebee Airmen.

It reminded me of another WWII story about Floyd Patterson, world heavyweight boxing champion in the 50s.

During the war Patterson, a Sergeant, was in charge of a German prisoner transported within the US. At a stopover in the South they went for a meal at a Southern restaurant. The prisoner was allowed to eat at the restaurant, but Patterson wasn’t because of segregation.

Ah, that’s beautiful, Gaffy. A one way ticket to The Institution.

Seriously, I’m gonna quit after Inauguration Day. Just like that. No probs. Can walk away any time at all.


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Who would of thunk it.
Phillip Ruddock. speaks.

“I was never sure that a good black or a good woman couldn’t win.”

I actually watched him speak those words on the TV.

I’m a bit shocked…In fact….I’m actually fucking APPALLED!!!!!!

Fortunately….. I’ve discovered a cartoonist who can put it better than me.

As a 45-year, lefty fan of US politics and presidential history (thanks to my year 11 teacher of American History) I think the only thing that comes close to this win is Truman’s remarkable 1948 win. However, this one transcends the ages because a cerebral, man of African and European descent with gifts of oratory that bring tears to any sentient being has triumphed over the nasty, racist and anti-Christian charges of his detractors.

I find a lot to agree with Peter Beinart piece in the SMH today

I see now that when Nixon and his followers started a pro-white war (disguised as a “culture” war) to dislodge the South from the Democrat fold – a process begun in 1946 by Truman’s desegregation of the armed forces.

I hope the Rethugs will now see that Rove’s poisonous messages ultimately bring rejection – losing so many house and Senate seets in two elections and the Presidency.

I hope some thoughtful Democrats arrange a special prize for Cheney and his criminal Cabal – criminal prosecutions are a start but the devil in me says that one-way tickets to the deserts of the Middle East would be good to (or even Iran).

Hey guys good news. Georgia maybe up for a run off in the Senate for the 60th seat. It’s not over.

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