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November 13, 2012

Turn your pages to 2004

I try to offer a little historical perspective, on the post-election doom-saying and celebration, by taking us back, all the way back, to 2004 and talk of a permanent GOP majority, in my latest piece for WNYC’s It’s A Free Country.

Posted by Karol at 01:44 PM | Comments (5)

November 6, 2012

Willing to be pleasantly surprised

I want to be wrong. I would feel very happy getting this election wrong. But this is the way I think the map breaks tonight (and I think WI and IA are longshots for Mitt too). I think it will be close overall but that Obama takes it in the end.

Posted by Karol at 04:43 PM | Comments (10)

FYI

In case anyone is wondering how NY’s “vote anywhere” thing works today:

You fill out your ballot in a privacy booth like everyone else. With pen. Because it’s still like 1970 in NYC. (And as I explained to my shocked sister-in-law today–these are our new machines! This is our updated way of voting!)

Then put you put your ballot in an envelope which doubles as an affidavit. That is, your ballot is ensconced inside but the information you fill out is on the outside, able to be read by anyone. You fill out a bunch of information like where you live and why you can’t vote there (displaced voters tick a box that says their information can’t be found in the voter rolls).

And in two different places on the affidavit you’re asked your party identification. I know there are Republican poll workers but I didn’t see any at my polling location and I don’t have a lot of hope for an envelope identifying the ballot within as filled out by a member of the Republican party making it through a long and tedious journey to be counted. Maybe I’m cynical. And yes, I realize it’s NY so who the hell cares anyway.

Posted by Karol at 02:42 PM | Comments (0)

November 4, 2012

The list

This is the most all-encompassing list I’ve seen of all the reasons not to vote for Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Posted by Karol at 07:24 PM | Comments (1)

November 2, 2012

A marathon debacle

My latest for WNYC’s A Free Country looks at Mayor Bloomberg’s failed leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Posted by Karol at 11:09 PM | Comments (2)