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Wednesday, November 08, 2006
      ( 11/08/2006 05:08:00 AM ) Bill S.  


VOTING EARLY – Had to move out early yesterday a.m. to get in and vote (had a three-hour drive for work, afterwards), but I managed to rouse my groggy-ass self to make it to the polling place. In Illinois, our big race was for the governorship – one of those contests where I wound up weighing debits more than assets and voting for the person who pissed me off the least – though we did get to vote for a congressional representative today. Since this part of the state skews heavily Red (so much that many of the county selections didn't even have a Dem candidate), I didn't expect the results to be any different: none too surprisingly, Republican Jerry Weller held onto his seat for the 11th Congressional District, though it was touch-&-go for a while. I still enjoyed handing in my ballot. I miss the punch-outs, to be sure – the current large forms being used in my neck of the woods just aren't as much fun to fill out: made me feel like I was back in school, filling a Large Print version of the SATs.

I'll mainly be glad to see the end of the campaign ads, which – as everyone predicted – got pretty nasty as we drew closer to election. Many of the uglier ones came out of Peoria television stations fifty miles away, so while I couldn't vote one way or the other on 'em, I still had to be subjected to their crap-slinging. Definitely made me wish I had Tivo . . .

THE INEVITABLE POSTSCRIPT: Like a lotta folks, I see this year's American election results as a vote in favor of checks-&-balances. Kinda funny to watch members of a party that arrogantly refused to give Dems a listen when it controlled congress now calling for "bi-partisan cooperation." As the ol' saw goes, "Careful how you treat people on yer way up . . ."
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