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Countdown to History: October 27 Edition

October 27th, 2008 · 3 Comments

[Map from cnn.com; click to enlarge]

GL readers know we generally stick to Brooklyn and tend to avoid politics. The latter part is due to having covered politics in Washington for longer than we care to remember. (We recoil in horror at the October we watched 1,000 political ads for an in-depth story determining the types of categories they fell into.) That was a long time ago. We have been lucky enough to be an eyewitness to uplifting history once in our lives: the day we stood atop the Berlin Wall in 1989 when the world changed forever. We were so glad on that day to be in this world and to be blessed by happenstance to live history. (Two years later, we were being shot at be Serbs on a battlefield in Croatia and nearly pissing ourselves as the shelling started and we quickly figured out how to tell incoming from outgoing and, later, having a soldier point an AK-47 at us while we argued with him, but we were young and even stupider than we are now and that’s another story.) Very soon, unless every poll is wrong, America will change forever and–from our perspective–in a very positive way. We are thrilled to be alive to see this day come. We have witnessed many awful things in our lives and history is full of horrors. On November 4, we truly believe that something magnificent will happen. We will finally begin to shake off the legacy of centuries of racism, but more importantly, we will embrace a man who has the capacity to be one of the great transformational leaders in history like FDR, JFK and Nelson Mandela. If we’re lucky, we see one or two of these events in our life times, and then can regal our kids and grandkids with stories about how “I remember the day that…” Until they tell us to shut the hell up because we’ve told the story, like, 499 times. Enough with our BS. From now through what may be one of the Greatest Day in American History, we’ll be running CNN’s Electoral Vote Map. Why? Because we’re fucking excited and because we can.

Tags: Politics

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ryan // Oct 27, 2008 at 8:05 am

    I’m excited too, but everyone can’t get complacent! Gore had double digit leads in the polls, and we all know how that worked out. Please, encourage everyone you know to vote! This isn’t over until Wednesday, Nov 5.

  • 2 anonymous // Oct 27, 2008 at 9:54 am

    As of yesterday, the electoral college map on the Times website has Obama within 5 electoral votes of a clinch. Champagne at my house next Tuesday night. The only question is: at what time will networks call the race? My bet is 11:01 PM.

  • 3 SteveC // Oct 28, 2008 at 12:54 am

    I think people are gonna be majorly disappointed in Obama being president. This big change that everyone expects aint gonna come. Unfortunately, I also believe that another huge terrorist attack is gonna hit the US in 2-3 years.Hopefully, Obama will have the balls to do what Clinton did not have( WTC 93 and USS Cole attack) and obliterate whatever country is responsible.