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On Election Day

On Election Day

You’d think that after four years of looking forward to Tuesday, I’d have a master plan for the blog for the day.

You’d be wrong.

I’m still thinking through what to do, but here’s the current thinking —

  • During the day, have a general “Open” thread, with separate posts as needed.  Not going to use the “live blog” software during the day, so that the comments are permanent.
  • In the evening, have separate posts keeping track of the presidential race and general election news on the one hand, and a separate post devoted to Operation Counterweight race results.
  • The big issue for election night is whether to embed a “live blog” style feed or just rely on the normal comment function.  CoverIt Live is cost prohibitive since it changed its pricing, so I’ll use some other software.

Any thoughts?


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I think the normal comment generates better conversation. The live blog style generates more flippant, throwaway comments, NTTAWWT, I contribute my fair share in that sort of forum.

Sounds quite practical and comprehensive. The only suggestion I have is that given the evening very well might be so tension-filled and stressful there could be a use for a “timeout” blog.

    Ragspierre in reply to ALman. | November 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I have suggested Operation: Get Over It to help Collectivists cope.

    I seems only humane.

    We could also have Operation: Silent Fat Lady if the election is not clear by late election-day night, as a virtual “time-out” for the anxious….

      I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before. Why don’t we all drive to the professor’s house, have a hootenanny, and make a night of it. This would solve any number of problems. Of course, it might create others . . . just a thought!

If you want to do a live blog thing, I’d suggest you limit the participants to a subset of known “good commenters.” Maybe a dozen or two tops. I hate the “3 updates a second” live blogging with things like, “LOL Obama!” “No kidding!” “Slam dunk” “Go Mitt!!!!!!!”

What about this: You monitor the open thread during the day and choose n (10 < n < 20) commenters of the day that will have access to the live blog after polls close.

quiksilverz24 | November 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I caution against limiting the number of commenters allowed in a Live Blog. Unfortunately, there are a lot of us that have to “Work” during the day, and cannot take the time to comment on a continual basis to be included in the discussion.

One possibility is making use of Google Chat. What can be done to open up a conversation that is free of charge? This also allows people to interact on a one-on-one basis and to meet new like-minded people.

One thing I don’t like about a standard comment section is that we will be inundated with the “Obama Sucks” comments, have to deal with the trolls, and must continually refresh to get the latest statements. With a live event happening, I want to get the most up to date thoughts.

That’s just my two cents… All I will have left in my pocket if we do not produce a R&R win.

I want an “MSNBC Day”!

Do a continuously updating post of what MSNBC is saying; should make for great comedy and provide a fantastic look-back post in the future.

How about a webcam in the professor’s living room, so he doesn’t need to spend time typing, and can just make comments live while flipping channels watching the results on TV?


Borrow Stephen Green’s schtick and drunk blog the evening election returns by commenting on the exploding heads of your favorite liberal commentators with a few Heh Hehs thrown in for good measure.
Ask Chris Matthews (1)how his leg feels, (2) will he be moving to Canada? and (3)how does he distinguish rachel maddow from chris hayes?

    LukeHandCool in reply to jasond. | November 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Of course, when I said the professor should have a live webcam feed from his living room, I was trying to imply that it should be a drunkblog special report.

    I think he should always be seen holding a large stein of beer, and each time an MSNBC muttering head says something stupid, he chugs the brewski.

    And then does his tipsy David Brinkley sly comment impression.

    Just as the lefties foam at the mouth calling Fox News “Faux News,” LITV will be pelted with crazed insults as “Lie TV.”

    When he hears the lefties yelling “LITV is Lie TV,” he laughs and chugs the brewski.

    And on a take off of O’Reilly, he starts the broadcast chugging a beer with,

    “Caution! You are about to enter a spinning room!!”

Maybe we all need to cover our tracks better, in light of Obama’s recent comment, “Voting is the best revenge.”

‘Revenge’ against what? Revenge against us.

Incompetence aside, is just me — or does everyone else here realize there is a pathological, hateful lunatic in the White House?

Working tuesday then heading downtown to chicago for a party hosted by some of the AOSHQ supporters. Gonna be a fun night.

Not gonna have a lot of time for blogging. My suggestion would be to get with a bunch of friendlies and have a good time.

I love the blog and trust your analysis so format really does not matter to me. However, if I may make one suggestion: and permanent post which you provide updates on, I would prefer the latest update at the top, instead of the bottom, of the post.

Normally, bottom updates arr fine, but for crucial information (like when Romney wins Ohio) on election night, it seems the top would be better.

Keep up the great work.

I agree with shroutr – if live-blogging, updates at the top. And I assume you’ll be close on the heels of Brown-Warren updates.

I’ll probably be tweeting intermittently and blogging as I start to see the Romney train roll.

Keep up the great work, Professor.

Any thoughts?

Yep. Realistic and measured.

    ALman in reply to Browndog. | November 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    The profundity of your erudition has so amazed the great unwashed and unlearned that it has invoked such cries of acclamation there will most certainly be an elevation of you to a magnanimous position deserved by one of such stature as you.

ConserveLiberty | November 3, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I’d post to one giant Comments thread what my experiences and feelings will have been when voting next Tuesday. Our polls open at 6:00am and I plan to be in line when the doors open.

Honestly, I cannot watch anything… too nervous. I’ve donated what I can, volunteered my time to the Romney campaign as much I as I can.

I’ll go vote and just read blogs online.

I fully expect Barry Soetero to steal it. I’m sorry to be so pessimistic, but I can’t help it. The man is a chicago thug, the American media will lie and coverup for him, I fully expect him to steal it. The party is corrupt, the american media is all corrupt.

    ALman in reply to alex. | November 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Long deep breaths . . . long deep breaths . . . long deep breaths . . .

      alex in reply to ALman. | November 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks. Not helping. I won’t even turn on my TV anymore, that jerk is on every freaking channel now with his campaign like Red Cross commercial.

      I’m sorry to be pessimistic, I know the level of cheats democrats, I was a democrat, but these people are a whole new level of thuggery.

      *Sigh*, I so want that jerk defeated and evicted this Tuesday, I wish I could visualize it, I just can’t.

      I’ll just sit and pray for this to happen. And blogs like this one who have been so good for people to read and to escape from the corrupt Obot MSM.

        Browndog in reply to alex. | November 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm

        I’d love to head up to the woods, a week ahead of deer season–unplugged and happy–and deal with it at some point via transistor radio-

        But, I can’t.

        I’d crawl over broken glass to cast this vote–knowing there are probably 10 illegal votes in this State that will negate it ten times over.

        ALman in reply to alex. | November 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm

        We need another discussion topic that will generate the interest and relieve the tension such as “Say Goodbye to Tea Party Network News” seemed to do.

Henry Hawkins | November 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Just normal comment function is adequate, under a generic Election heading. Put blog on autopilot, then go and do what you want on this very important day, and assuming we have a decision and not a drawn out recount scenario, go on a well deserved two week vacation.

After a hard day at the polls, being an election judge all day long in my precinct, getting home and opening my browser to LI and Drudge will seem like a breeze! However, given Sandy’s little jaunt up the coast, might be days before we see the definitive outcome of this horserace.

Personally, my money, well not really betting money per se’, is on the East Coast Maverick Governor. Our erstwhile Chicagoland Prince can retire this January to his little castle purchased in the Islands of his supposed birth; Aloha Oy!


Professor Jacobson, I do enjoy your input and remarks as the evening progresses. I hope that you will join us that evening and tell us your thoughts…..

CHECK YOUR VOTE! For those of you that haven’t voted already, reports are coming in daily now that when you push the vote/submit button on the electronic voting machine and the list of whom you voted for comes up the VOTE is CHANGED to obummer. CHECK YOUR VOTE!