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Monday, November 01, 2004

Monday Questionnaire, Election Edition

1. Other than the presidential race, what election is most important to you this year, in your neck of the American woods?

2. On what network(s) will you be watching the election returns?

3. What was your favorite moment of the presidential campaign? Define "favorite" however you like.


Blogger Eric said...

1. Probably my district's Congressional race, between Christopher Shays (Republican incumbent) and Diane Farrell (Democrat). I've voted for Shays in the past, as he's been an independent-minded Republican who led the charge in the House for campaign finance reform: the important Shays-Meehan bill is half his doing. But this year I just can't. He supports the war wholeheartedly and has basically hewn to the president's agenda for the entire four years, no regrets. Farrell, the current first selectwoman of Westport, seems to be an excellent candidate, good positions straight down the line, and a real energy. I hope she wins.

2. Primarily I'll be watching ABC and CBS, I think; I regard them as the most solid of the major television news organizations. I'll turn to Fox News occasionally to see what those folks are up to (it's best to keep an eye on them from time to time), and I'll catch the others occasionally I'm sure, but for the most part CNN and MSNBC are just as untrustworthy as their "Fair and Balanced" counterpart--perhaps more so, as they don't wear their biases on their sleeves, the way Fox does. But I'm very curious about how the media will play this out, no matter how tomorrow night goes, so I'll be watching each of them at some point I'm sure.

3. My favorite moment was the first debate: though I'd already begun regarding Kerry as much more than just not-Bush, this was the moment that he really galvanized me. He was so impressive that night, so smart and on his game, so (for want of a better word) presidential, that I really felt the tide turn for him, both in terms of swing voters and in terms of Democrats who of course were going to vote for him either way, but who now were actually excited about it. Of course he was helped by Bush's disastrous showing, but that aside, he was in great form, and I've been more and more impressed with him ever since. Unlike some Democrats, I don't feel like I'm "settling" at all by voting for him, which is not to say he and I agree on everything, but just that I'm proud to cast my vote for him, and I think he'll make a hell of a President.

9:12 AM  
Blogger kStyle said...

1. I live in Massachusetts. It doesn't matter much. We're the deep blue north.

2. I have class! I can't watch! Ack ack ack. I will definitely listen to NPR on the drive to and from class.

3. When the Sox won the Series. No really, it gave me hope: The Pats won the Superbowl, the Sox won the series, and now our fine Senator would win the Oval Office.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

But surely Massachusetts must have something else going on... some nefarious Republican trying to unseat a House Democrat or some such?

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. I live in Illinois--I haven't even seen any of the campaign ads for anyone, not even for the Senate seat, because Obama is 40 points ahead of Nutbag Keyes. But even though it's a slam-dunk, I think that election is pretty important--the previous seat-holder was a Republican.

2. Comedy Central/The Daily Show, if I can bear to watch at all. I've reached the point where I can't think or talk about this whole thing.

3. Hmmm. Clinton's speech at the Democratic convention was pretty great--he's still the Big Dog. Bruce Springsteen lining up openly with Kerry did it for me, too; I'm a long-time Bruce fan (30 years, to be precise). Kerry picking a Springsteen song (and one I've always liked) as his theme song, way back before anyone cared. Kerry's performance at the first debate--I think it really helped a lot of people who were uneasy about Bush but who had swallowed the Swift Boat Liars' attacks. And, in a dark and twisted way, the efforts of Republicans to keep people from registering to vote (Sproul, et al. in Nevada, Oregon and, I think, Arizona?); to keep people from voting (Florida), and challenging Democratic voters (PA and OH). It's very scary to me that they are willing to cheat to that extent.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

1. Democrat Patty Wetterling vs. Republican Robert Kennedy for Congress

2. In the interest of my health, none

3. "Freeway blogging." Every "Daily Show" clip about the campaign. What I saw of Barack Obama's speech during the Democratic Convention. Michael Moore's "Free underwear for registering to vote!" thing. The "Will Bush win? Will Kerry win?" back-and-forth of the blogosphere. The MoveOn.org ad contest.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Thanks, Carla and Ann for reminding me: shame on me for omitting Mr. Stewart and "The Daily Show," which I probably couldn't have endured this campaign without. I'll be tuning in there tomorrow night too.

12:20 PM  

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