No, Really. I Am VERY Smart

My surgery is scheduled for 2:15pm PST on Tuesday. I should be home by 4:30pm, at which point, with any luck, this election nonsense will be clear. This is very minor and won’t involve much in the way of pain, although I expect I’ll be groggy anyway and maybe on some mild pain medication for the evening. So even if things are close or tense, or God forbid McCain wins, stress will be muted.

So now all I have to do is find something else that needs to be operated on and wait until the week my daughter gets married.

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For Those Of You Back Home

I miss Arizona on days like this (rainy and windy), for sure. I am more comfortable, though (obviously), with Western Washington politics than the general tone in my home state.

On the other hand…

Apparently the presidential race in Arizona is now tied.

Cue Dylan.

Nate Silver, one of the polling experts I’ve come to respect immensely and listen to, says this is irrational exuberance and sort of silly. Oh well.

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Don't Worry, Be Happy

Early voting:

Seventeen percent now say they’ve already voted, favoring Obama over John McCain by 59-40 percent. An additional 18 percent say they’ll do so before Tuesday, for a possible total of 35 percent voting early or by absentee ballot. That would be a record by far, well above its levels in 2004 and 2000 alike, 22 and 15 percent, respectively.

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Unchained Goddess

This is primal for me, and I’m thinking it might also be for those of you wandering around my cohort (hello Tom Tuerff and Pat Russel).

At any rate, I don’t remember watching The Bell Telephone Hour on TV, but I sure remember Dr. Frank Baxter and these science programs from elementary school films in the mid(gulp)-1960s. And even if it doesn’t ring a bell (heh) for you, the subject matter from this 1958 segment (about a minute in length) might seem a little familiar.

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Joe The Original

I promised no more commentary. Promised promised promised.

With all the Joe The Plumber 24/7 stuff, though, I wonder how many people have actually seen the encounter with Obama that sparked the whole thing.

Wonder no more.

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If You Need A Reason (Or Ten)

Andrew Sullivan, a guy who worships at the altar of Reagan and Thatcher but has no use for orthodoxy — and has, I believe, the most widely read one-person political blog in the world — has made a list of why conservatives should vote for Obama. One example:

Less debt. Yes, Obama will raise taxes on those earning over a quarter of a million. And he will spend on healthcare, Iraq, Afghanistan and the environment. But so will McCain. He plans more spending on health, the environment and won’t touch defense or entitlements. And his refusal to touch taxes means an extra $4 trillion in debt over the massive increase presided over by Bush. And the CBO estimates that McCain’s plans will add more to the debt over four years than Obama’s. Fiscal conservatives have a clear choice.

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