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Landslide [Nov. 14th, 2008|10:13 pm]
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Disorienting, isn't it?

So we had an election. It was a landslide.

This is not a bad thing, because (Prop 8 aside) I'm pretty pleased with the outcome. But it's left me feeling a bit unsettled. You have to tread carefully on the newly exposed ground, because everything has moved.

President-Elect Barack Obama collects comics, y'all. For serious! Spider-Man and Conan!

I read things like this and every time I'm a little bit surprised. My brain keeps going "Wait, what? Really? I mean, it's beyond awesome, but—how is this real? How did this happen?"

The Newsweek behind the scenes coverage of the election is amazing. If I were more coherent, I'd try to say something insightful about how it shows the conservative McCain candidacy being about individuals, the old-school Clinton candidacy being about hierarchy, and the paradigm-shattering Obama candidacy being about self-organizing crowds. As it is, I'll just point in that general direction and wonder how much of that is How Things Are and how much is a compelling narrative embedded by skilled journalism.

GPS canvassing and comics and Mac laptops and hybrid cars and student loans and Harry Potter and Bach and nuance and uncertainty and and and.

You guys, somehow I think we managed to elect a geek as President of the United States.

What?
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2008-11-15 03:36 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I didn't mean just the presidential election; in Colorado there was a significant shift to the blue at both the federal and state level, and most of the important races went Democrat by nearly a 10% margin. So that's a big change for us.
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[User Picture]From: zalena
2008-11-15 04:46 pm (UTC)
These days I would consider a landslide any election in which the Supreme Court was not involved.

As for your landslide footage, I was watching and thinking, "What the hell? Is this some kind of katamari simulation?" before I read your caption.

And yes, awesome article. This is the part of politics I love: What really happened...

Maybe this will make my political nightmares stop.

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[User Picture]From: navrins
2008-11-15 06:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, I see - my misinterpretation.

I think my state could have a 15-20% shift in the electorate and not notice it, so that seems a little weird to me. But in a good way, I think.
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