Every Day Above Ground (mallorys_camera) wrote,
Every Day Above Ground

Election Night Review

MY GUY WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WE PULLED IT OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I gotta say that I personally am very pleased with these election results.

And kudos to Delgado! There was no town hall meeting, library opening, volunteer firemen picnic, church Q&A throughout the entire 19th—an enormous district consisting of all of Ulster, Columbia, Sullivan, Greene, Otswego and Schoharie counties and parts of Dutchess, Rensselaer, Montgomery, and Broome counties—that he was too busy to attend.

Significant mismatch between the candidate and the deeply rural—all right, all right: white—district, too. So you might imagine he pulled it off through an influx of votes from the urban centers of the district. Except there are no urban centers in the district! The biggest city in this district is Kingston with a population of slightly more than 20,000.

No, I think Delgado pulled it off because he was a tireless campaigner with a ready smile and a deeply committed team—ahem! that would be me, boys and girls!—and because he’s actually sincere about representing the concerns of this mostly agricultural district.

And because he disavowed campaign contributions from special interests. (We’ll see how long that lasts once he takes office.)

And because his opponent, John Faso, is a prick.


I was particularly pleased to see that Delgado ended up with a strong lead over Faso in wildest, wooliest Columbia County where I’ve been stumping once a week, lo this two months past!

Maybe some of those Republicans I talked to stayed home.


I watched the election results with Ed. We kept channel surfing between the Big Three: Fox, CNN, and MSNBC.

My review of Election night coverage:

Fox: Surprisingly good analysis so long as they kept Tucker Carlson off the screen. They replaced the old-fashioned white board with its electronic equivalent and kept the discussion free of jargonizing. This made looking at election results educational and comprehensible to people who aren't obsessed with statistics.

MSNBC: The MSNBC crew kept ranting about the Blue Wave. They actually unearthed James Carville from whatever coffin he’s been sleeping in since 2001 to wring his hands and moan.

Nobody I know expected a Blue Wave. What we expected was that we would win back the House, and we did! Big time: 26 seats.

But that’s how MSNBC manipulates you. I call this apocalypse-mongering.

I will say I was very favorably impressed by Rachel Maddow who provided a voice of calm and reason, and kept redirecting Chris Matthews whenever he began to spit: "Yes, but let’s look at the House results."

CNN: CNN was a war between Wolf Blitzer who seemed very confused and kept fumbling for words, and Jake Tapper who was smooth and glib. They were both equally numbing.

The real standout for CNN was the enthusiastic policy wonk whose name I didn't catch and who they'd assigned to stage right to do up-to-the-minute statistical analyses. I loved him! And for the first time, I understood how networks are able to project winners: They crunch the uncounted numbers coming in from local districts, and at the point where it would no longer be statistically possible for a candidate to pick up votes necessary to win, ta da! They declare the other guy the winner.


In other news, I woke up feeling unaccountably out of it this morning. Which may have been a consequence of staying up too late. But I feel like I’m in the prodromal stages of a cold or something: runny nose, stifled sneezes, that sense that a little green man is sitting in my brain trying to push my eyeballs out of their sockets. Could be allergies, I suppose.

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