Just learnt that Florida has two different time zones, thanks to expert on Radio 5. Interesting. More interesting that Dimbley's laboured public school quotes about each state. "I think it was John Adams that called Idaho the state which put the eye in potato."
Radio 5 along with Iain Dale and the Daily Kos on the web with BBC on the TV, me increasingly not doing any work as the election results roll in. I'd like to get more on the senate and congressional races from the BBC (and the Jeremy Vine touch screen stuff is rather poor) coz it was ID that let me know that Liddy Dole might be losing. Starting to warm up....
Lovely piece from Carl Bernstein on the Huffington Post about John McCain's association with Watergate burglar and dirty ops specialist Gordon Liddy. It may seem like ancient history to some but if McCain and Palin are going to start throwing mud at Obama for sitting on the same board as a former member of the Weathermen then they've got to prepared for some back. And McCain's praise for a jackboot like Liddy is astounding. Maybe that's all part of being a maverick.
Got some reading to do for tomorrow, feeling knackered and know there are some long days ahead - but now it's coming towards 11pm thinking "why not stay up for the presidential debate?" The last time I didn't get to bed until 5pm and was wired on coffee. But this could be a ding dong affair tonight/tomorrow morning. Saw Recount on TV last night having recorded it from Sunday. It's about the Florida recounts in 2000. Pretty good but a lot of liberal actors getting serious about the constitution and hanging chads only tells half the story. The scandal of black voters systematically disenfranchised by the state was sidelined. Also, the whole way the companies who made the voting machines won the contract and operated was ignored. There were plenty of clips from television shows in Recount reporting on the story, but not explaining or digging into it. Not American journalism's finest hour (Greg Palast excepted). And Mr Palast has an interesting way of countering electoral fraud this time round (you thought it only happend in 2000? Check out Ohio in 2004). A comic book called Steal Back Your Vote. Whatever gets people motivated I guess.
I've linked twice in three posts to a certain political blogger who certainly doesn't need any help from me to increase traffic flow. So better redress the balance with this nice spot on the Daily Kos regarding man-of-the-people John McCain. If he couldn't remember how many homes he has, how will he remember how many cars? Since you can only drive one at a time, 13 seems a little extravagant. Apropos the election: much that I want to Obama to win and believe McCain/Palin to be a scary prospect , Michael Tomasky's constant cheerleading in the Guardian print and online edition is getting a little irritating. I can log on to Obama Pravada anytime but I like reasoned analysis from my commentators. Tomasky kinda answers this charge here. And appropos the West Wing post previously: the title for the official Obama site above is 'Welcome to Obama for America'. That was Jed Bartlet's campaigning slogan in said very tremendous show. (sorry, two posts about the West Wing tend to get me excited).