DAILY BRIEFING  8:40 am November 4, 2009

The Morning After, In Which We See The Winners And Losers By The Light Of Day

by Juli Weiner

  • Yesterday happened! Recall its winners: Bloomberg, Owens, Christie, various Others. [New York Times]
  • It was also yesterday in Virgina too, where Bob McDonnell defeated Creigh Deeds and is therefore the state’s new governor. [Washington Post]
  • The state of Maine poured rock salt on gay marriage and voted to up the medical marijuana usage. [WSJ]
  • Today is the 30th anniversary of the US Embassy takeover/hostage thing in Tehran, but if today’s mass demonstrations showed anything, it’s that people don’t even need any hostages to yell about hating America. [CNN]
  • Bernanke and Friends are likely to decline raising the interest rate. [AP]
  • An Afghan soldier literally went rogue and just cold killed five British soldiers with a machine gun inside a police checkpoint. No cheeky Nation polemic is expected to follow. [Times Online]
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El Pinche November 4, 2009 at 8:47 am

Yay! More Republican governors who will refuse stimulus money (socailizm) then take it and distribute giant paychecks out to their state.

BUT the gheys lost. It’s a winning night for Palin, conservatives, Jesus, and Pat Boone.

hobospacejunkie November 4, 2009 at 8:48 am

The state of main will need the marijuana to dull the pain & shame of becoming North BigotLand.

Also, this is the 30th anniversary of Ted Koppel’s AMERICA HELD HOSTAGE DAY (insert number up to 444 here,) which of course transmogrified into Nightline.

I’m Ted Koppel and this…is Nightline

Lazy Media November 4, 2009 at 8:51 am

The nice white lady outpolled the nice black man and several other nice black ladies and gentlemen for mayor of Atlanta, but didn’t get 50 percent, so they will go to a runoff that will not at ALL be decided completely along racial lines.

Srsly, turnout was super low because nobody’s race-baiting. The closest thing to mudslinging in the race was Kasim Reed’s calling Mary Norwood a Republican, which she is denying with the intensity you’d expect from an accusation of pedophilia.

Servo November 4, 2009 at 8:51 am

The Appalachian Trail just got a little more crowded.

TVarmy November 4, 2009 at 8:52 am

If New Jersey is becoming a red state, does that mean we get to take welfare checks from blue states now? Because I’m tired of paying taxes.

choinski November 4, 2009 at 8:52 am

Yay incumbent mayors! Boo Incumbent governors! Yay Democratic Congressmen! Boo East Coast gays!Yay West Coast gays! My previous view of the state of the Obama Administration can only be reinforced!

facehead November 4, 2009 at 8:53 am

Obviously you can’t have gay marriage AND legalized marijuana, cause then you’d have people marrying their gravity bongs just for health insurance.

hobospacejunkie November 4, 2009 at 8:53 am

[re=449938]El Pinche[/re]: When I was very young (pre-teen) I unwittingly began reading The Cross & the Switchblade. To my credit as a blooming young reader with discerning taste, I only got so far before quitting. I didn’t know who he was but I knew there was way too much god in the story.

ifthethunderdontgetya" November 4, 2009 at 8:53 am

[re=449939]hobospacejunkie[/re]: Ted Koppel’s hairdo then proceeded to Hold America Hostage.

the problem child November 4, 2009 at 8:55 am

Sorry ’bout that, Maine. If you just peek across the St. Croix River, you can see that gay marriage works just fine. And when it doesn’t, there’s always gay divorce.

hobospacejunkie November 4, 2009 at 8:59 am

[re=449942]Lazy Media[/re]: The nice white gay lady won a plurality but not a majority in my home town of Houston & so will run off against the stinkin’ rich white guy. Both outpolled the conservative black guy, as it should be.

ph7 November 4, 2009 at 9:00 am

So, next time I’m in Bar Harbour, I can smoke a big blunt for my hytertension, but don’t have to worry about waking up married to my dealer friend Bill?

Norbert November 4, 2009 at 9:03 am

I was looking forward to a Hoffman victory so I could advance my theory that he is Gabbo. Before I shelve that for good, here it is in a nutshell:


Tundra Grifter November 4, 2009 at 9:05 am

Big win for Mr. Christie! “Republicans swept contests for governor in New Jersey and Virginia…” says The New York Times. Mr. Christie got 49% of the vote and he “swept?” So much for NYT libural bias.

ALIVE! November 4, 2009 at 9:05 am

Politico WON THE RADIO WAVES with some asshole’s appearance on WTOP. Obama pretty much needs to go into exile now, natch.

Johnny Zhivago November 4, 2009 at 9:08 am

So Christie’s been in for like 8 hours now – so where the hell is my property tax relief???

Throw the bum out!!!!!

rabblerouser42 November 4, 2009 at 9:08 am

Shocker in Maine: Majority of Anti-Gay Voters ‘Casturbated’ at the Polls

hobospacejunkie November 4, 2009 at 9:08 am

If W can claim a mandate, practically unchallenged by the media, with 51%, then certainly Gov.-elect Morbidly Obese Man can sweep into office with 49%.

x111e7thst November 4, 2009 at 9:09 am

[re=449947]hobospacejunkie[/re]: Speaking of which, in NY rosaries are quite popular as gang jewelry and knives of all sorts are making a big comeback as guns keep getting harder to get.

Johnny Zhivago November 4, 2009 at 9:12 am

[re=449959]hobospacejunkie[/re]: I propose the term “lumbered” or “trundled” or “swaddled” into office for Mr. Christie

Norbert November 4, 2009 at 9:12 am

[re=449953]Norbert[/re]: As consolation, at least Bobby Bacala won in Jersey

Johnny Zhivago November 4, 2009 at 9:14 am

Let’s see if Christie can manage not to run someone over for the next four years before calling this a victory for the GOP.

mephistopheles jefferson November 4, 2009 at 9:15 am

Just thought I’d share a couple of gems while lurking at RedState. Here a few signatures from the resident RedStatians:

Signature #1
“The first Liberal was Satan.”

Signature #2
“We’re about to lose our lifeline,
He’s looking for the headline,
He’s sniffing up the white lines,
While we’ll be dancing on the breadline”-Megadeth

Big Tent Party, indeed. I would love to see the introductions made at the next Tea Bagger event.

How these two people

finallyhappy November 4, 2009 at 9:16 am

In Virginia, there was a turnout of 39%- 74% turned out for the Presidential election. I wouldn’t say that McDonnell has a mandate.

And now I guess when he turns back the clock on rights in VA for women- they will be coming to my state, Maryland.

JMP November 4, 2009 at 9:22 am

In PA the Repubs captured the open Supreme Court seat, in part because almost no one in Philadelphia voted since our trips to work and home were all fucked up. Thanks, transit union!

First there was Spectre’s forced party switch; now NY-23. Does anyone have a list of which moderate Republicans in blue states are up for reelection in 2010? Because I’m hoping we’ll see a lot of ideological purity purges turning more R-seats to D; they’re certainly trying to do so in Florida as well.

freakishlystrong November 4, 2009 at 9:22 am

Rock on Teatards! Please keep running wingnuts who don’t live in the districts they’re running in, and consider Glenn Beck a “mentor”. Hey Baked Alaska; keep that robo callin’ up, you betchya!

Servo November 4, 2009 at 9:22 am

[re=449957]Johnny Zhivago[/re]:
The only thing capable of throwing Christie is an aircraft carrier catapult.

donner_froh November 4, 2009 at 9:26 am

In Atlanta, front runner Mary Norwood said that voting Republican was like doing cocaine

donner_froh November 4, 2009 at 9:31 am

Dull former NBA star and business owner Dave Bing got elected mayor of Detroit in the fourth election in the Motor City this year, although Kwame Kilpatrick did do a guest appearance in court in Detroit to explain why he can only afford to pay six dollars a month toward his one million dollar fine/restitution for lying about his sexy texting escapades a couple of years ago.

Dorje Chenmo November 4, 2009 at 9:36 am

Boycott lobster!

RoscoePColtraine November 4, 2009 at 9:36 am

Scozzafava is a fuckin’ KING maker yo.

PlanetWingnuta November 4, 2009 at 9:37 am

srsly i wonder how long b4 christie is caught in a scandal in his past.

ManchuCandidate November 4, 2009 at 9:41 am

*”borrowed” from the Untouchables

Dede: I’m gonna tell you something. Somebody messes with me, I’m gonna mess with with them. Somebody drives me from the campaign, I’m gonna vote for the Demoncrap. Not support some Jeebus freak with friends from outside. Understand? Now, I have done nothing to harm these people but they are angered with me, so what do they do, doctor up some pictures of me as a Demoncrap, for which they have no case. To speak to me like me, no, to harass a regular Republican. I pray to god if I ever had a grievance I’d have a little more self respect. One more thing, you have an all out prize fight, you wait until the fight is over, one guy is left standing. And that’s how you know who won.

snideinplainsight November 4, 2009 at 9:56 am

He’s still fat.

Servo November 4, 2009 at 10:02 am

[re=449979]Dorje Chenmo[/re]:
And Maine taters.

Servo November 4, 2009 at 10:06 am

[re=449979]Dorje Chenmo[/re]:
Maine taters and L.L. Bean.

Unlearned Hand November 4, 2009 at 10:09 am

At least Corzine got through a full term without a resignation-worthy sex scandal. That’s why he’ll be remembered as the BEST NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR EVER.

binarian November 4, 2009 at 10:13 am

[re=449950]the problem child[/re]: Sorry ’bout that, Maine.

Blame the LDS Carpetbaggers. The same characters that took over the issue in Cali, financed it and pushed it through.

bitchincamaro November 4, 2009 at 10:20 am

Forget the Maine.

Terry November 4, 2009 at 10:21 am


Yeah, I suspect a bunch of folks in Northern Virginia are wishing they’d voted yesterday. Now they can sit in traffic and watch Richmond screw them over.

Greetings from Sunny Maryland, Y’all! Tell me again how horrible it is that my taxes are marginally higher than yours……

Prommie November 4, 2009 at 10:25 am

[re=449962]Johnny Zhivago[/re]: Christie the Hut oozes, and occasionally waddles.

gurukalehuru November 4, 2009 at 10:26 am

You can’t spell Marijuanea without Maine.

Terry November 4, 2009 at 10:29 am


Dave Bing has a tough road ahead of him. The economy overall, a local economy based on the auto industry, a city center that really didn’t get rebuilt after the riots in the 60′s, and rampant institutional corruption left over from Kwame. Dave, I’m going to light a few candles for you, my friend.

Holy Cow!! November 4, 2009 at 10:35 am

This is the biggest embarrassment Maine has produced since Stephen King.

CaiteeCruelle November 4, 2009 at 10:37 am

[re=449968]JMP[/re]: Fuckin’ SEPTA. And a judge wouldn’t hold the polls open late because what would the Pennsyltuckee regions say if Philadelphians got an extra chance to influence results?

Me, I was asked (tongue in cheek, I’m pretty sure) to vote against a certain party for local school board, so that his wife would be free to stage manage our next community theatre show.

forgracie November 4, 2009 at 10:41 am

[re=449979]Dorje Chenmo[/re]: Consider the Lobster–then boycott.

the problem child November 4, 2009 at 10:59 am

[re=450039]forgracie[/re]: DFW would be proud.

forgracie November 4, 2009 at 11:11 am

[re=450052]the problem child[/re]: I aspire to be Don Gately…

OzoneTom November 4, 2009 at 11:19 am

Today’s the 30th anniversary of the US Embassy takeover/hostage thing in Tehran.

Don’t forget that it’s also the 1st anniversary of Obama’s take-over of America.


bitchincamaro November 4, 2009 at 11:33 am

[re=450026]Terry[/re]: Making a left-handed hook from the other end of the court, blindfolded, would be easier than raising my former hometown from the dead. Pouring a 40 to the curb for ya’, Dave.

Paul Tardy November 4, 2009 at 11:34 am

Looks like someone in Afghanistan read Palin’s book. She is the Afghan Marx.

rabblerouser42 November 4, 2009 at 11:58 am
President Beeblebrox November 4, 2009 at 12:10 pm

[re=449939]hobospacejunkie[/re]: Unless you count Rush Limbaugh’s clever and creative “America Held Hostage Day XXX” during the Clinton Administration…

Barrett808 November 4, 2009 at 12:51 pm

I’m proud to report that “everything but marriage” will be the law of the land in Washington State.

ALIVE! November 4, 2009 at 1:06 pm

[re=450132]rabblerouser42[/re]: Not sure if you yourself are Don Davis, Esq., author of Satirical Political, or if you are his mother. So nothing personal, but the website sucks, is not funny, etc. Please stop linking to it.

shadowMark November 4, 2009 at 1:51 pm

[re=450103]Paul Tardy[/re]: “He first fired on the commander of the police and his deputy then on the British soldiers. He escaped on a motorbike,” said Mr Helmandwal.

Everytime there’s a shooting here the effing Right says if only people were allowed to carry guns they could shoot the nut. This nut was surrounded by trained professionals all carrying one or two guns and the nut shot them and still was able to hop on his Vespa and ride off.

PineyWoodster November 4, 2009 at 4:56 pm

[re=450267]shadowMark[/re]: British soldiers, like the British police, aren’t armed.

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