November 8th, 2006


I'm going to bed soon, but... just called Mo for the Dem. Which means, if the lead in MT holds up (w/65% of vote in, Democrat Tester @ 127,342 has 51% of the vote, v. Republican Conrad "Enough of Him Already" Burns @ 116,751 with 47%), then we just have to win the inevitable re-count in Virginia, and then Dick Cheney won't be the tie-breaker, and Bush's hands'll be tied so well that poor ol' Justice Stevens might even be able to retire.

I spent the first part of the evening at bigfinedaddy's, partaking of the cable & checking out her new place. That was cool. I dig her digs, but to tell you the truth she coulda been living in a ramshackle, uh, shack, and I'd have dug where I was when the House fell.

One more refresh: 69% of vote in:
Tester 133,247 or 50%
Burns 125,028 or 47%

I wonder if what's still out is (more Republican) eastern Montana.

Oh, and what the heck--- the closest Va vote I seem to be able to find right now is at the Drudge Report:
R- ALLEN 1,159,226 49.23%
D- WEBB 1,167,037 49.56%

That's a shade less of a lead than CNN has.

Ach. Must to bed.


Any minute now.


According to, "Montana governor says Senate race will be called soon."

70% in:

Tester 134,013 -- 50%
Burns 126,585 -- 47%

I feel kinda okay, and even good, on the day after Election Day.


I had decided not even to hope for the Senate. But now I want it, too, out of those hands. And I have the feeling there'll be a fight, with the Dems not laying down right away this time.

I told BFD last night that I have a funny habit with local tax/millage issues: I vote for them when the cause is worthy (and, c'mon: schools and trash pick-up---good causes), but then I kinda root for the other people to be stingy so I won't have to pay them. The consolation, I guess, would be that property taxes I can't afford now wouldn't go up. I'm never too disappointed when I win, though. At least until my next escrow review.

Here's an unexpected big bummer to me about the failure of the "No on 2" movement: it makes me feel more isolated in some little island here in the corner of this state. Check out the county-by-county map at this CNN page.

I feel a little isolated in this spot in this state anyway, just habitually, having sort of settled here and not explored as much as I have the environs of everyplace else I've lived. The political environment of the more rural areas in Kansas sure didn't stop me. But then my little spot there was hardly Ann Arbor in terms of (sorta) lefty queer-friendly comfort.

Ah, well--- M-O-N-T-A-N-A, as we shouted at that big March on Washington that year we were fake Montanans (along with "Felons from Montana!" and such). Virginia, I just can't spell out in cheering. Sorry, state that is supposedly for lovers.