Election Day!

Join us tonight on Trail Mix to watch the returns!

The United States Constitution

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Article II – The Executive Branch (*Sections 2-4)

The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States; he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices, and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.

He shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law: but the Congress may by law vest the appointment of such inferior officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the courts of law, or in the heads of departments.

The President shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session.

He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper; he shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers; he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the United States.

The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

(*Note: Sections 2-4 above define the powers of the Executive Branch, which have never been amended. For Section 1 on the election of presidents and vice presidents, including its three amendments, click here)

Closing Day Speeches (Nov. 5)


 

102 thoughts on “Election Day!

  1. It is finally here. The last day of campaign ads and phone calls. Just one more day.

  2. Game Day!
    Who has yet to decide as an individual?
    We gather now our collective voice and will be heard. What will we say?

  3. Mother Nature weighs-in on repug voter suppression — citizens of NJ can vote by fax and email! Just the way our founding Father imagined!

    Obama wins by two hairs!

  4. CNN showing NM light blue, when Obama has been ahead for months…way beyond any margin of error in the polling.

    Color blind or cheap or trying to make it look like a horse race…NM has been navy blue for some time.

  5. XR,

    Glad to see your posts. Nothing like remodeling a bathroom to avoid all the campaign BS. I should have thought of that. ;-)

  6. PiT…
    I know exactly how you feel. Our mailbox was stuffed with political literature yesterday and the phone rang constantly (we ignored it) last night.

    But now it’s election day… and I’m excited! I will go cast my vote later this morning.

    I want Obama to win… and I don’t care by how much.

  7. Jamie,

    Pissed off women and pissed off Latinos, are why I think Obama will win in Colorado.

  8. jamie, like jace said i’ll settle for a good solid 270. the rest is pixie dust that may or may not remove the curse of koch.
    and only a mighty defeat of congress critter can’ts will drive a stake into their socalled hearts.

  9. My dream headline for tomorrow would go something like this.

    Obama Wins!

    Cantor, Bachmann, West to spend more time with families

  10. Romney “will be holding his election night gathering at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, where access costs anywhere from $75 for a chair in the ballroom to $1,020 for permission to use the media filing center. Broadcast news organizations will be paying up to $6,500 for workspace.”

    Real classy Mitt, I guess you weren’t paying for a landslide. :x

  11. Just got back from voting. It dawned on me that of all the people waiting to vote, only three were white males. Everyone else: women and people of color.

  12. What voters in Ohio and Michigan are saying today.

    “I drove to the polls in my Jeep.”

  13. This election is personal. A backhanded compliment to the Republicans for making it so. :smile: They “fired it up!”

  14. Well, I voted -- not because my vote will change anything in WV, but because I can. 4 of my neighborhood friends were at the polling place -- all Republicans. Hey, it’s WV.

    I get campaign fliers from Darrell McGraw (crooked Dem AG) and John Raese (crooked ‘pugn senate candidate). Those are the only ones I’ve noticed. HOWEVER, I get emails from Barack and Michelle. Aside from that, just the normal BS TV ads from candidates of all stripes at all state and national levels above dogcatcher.

    BTW -- disingenuous Rmoney -- mocking Obama (are the Beatles here?) having Bruuuuce with him -- yesterday in OH, the Rmoney faithful waited for him while attending a live Marshall Tucker Band concert. As I see it, Obama has a 60 something rocker who is still revered widely supporting him while Rmoney can only manage to get 60 something rockers that a few people outside the deep red South remember.

  15. About 1/3 higher than normal turnout at my polling place this AM (northern Maine). Obama will win Maine and I’m hoping that a high turnout will favor Democrats at the state level. Most state workers haven’t had a pay increase in four years.

  16. Just voted for the first time in my new polling place. As an old white-guy in a Yankee jacket, I was not required to show ID. I hope they would have been tougher on anyone wearing a Red Sox logo.

  17. ID at my polling place was a list of about 7 or so acceptable documents -- including driver’s license, state issued ID, passport, voter ID card (no picture) OR utility bills with your name on them. I guess they figure that few people impersonate others when getting utilities turned on for the purpose of voting as them in the next election.

  18. No ID needed where I vote. Just your name and address, then sign a book saying you are who you are. Given a ballot, pen, then when you’re ready, feed the ballot into a reader. We’re still treated like adults in New York.

  19. I have a question. All you history buffs — has the House always held elections every 2 years? Seems so.. wasteful somehow. And why? Why not have elections for all 3 every 4 years? Someone needs to splen it to me, Lucy.

  20. Barb -- Yes, the House is the democratic part of the US government. It is meant to show the will of its people whereas the Senate is meant to show the will of the elite.

  21. I just voted. I was not asked for an ID unlike the primary where it was demanded of me. The voting place was new for me, and I must say was a much better area because the walls were lined with kitten posters.

  22. The Obama team tests various victory speech lines with a focus group…

    “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”

    “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”

    “You like me, you really like me!”

    “I’m king of the world!”

    “Toga, Toga!”

  23. The Romney team tests various concession speech lines with a focus group…

    “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

    “ I coulda been a contender. I could’ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.”

    “I’ll be back.”

    “After all, tomorrow is another day.”

    “I see dead people”

  24. Nash, you left out this for Rmoney:

    “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”

  25. Anyone who predicted the Rmoney overwhelming win --you know who you are — should be banned from punditry for life

  26. Rmoney and his supporters are banking on hate to win.
    They think they can ride the 2004 train of gay hatred into the whitehouse.

    In Ohio where apparently the Rmoney view of the economy isn’t appreciated (or the fact that he is a big fat liar) the goopers have resorted to hatred and bigotry

  27. I’m so confused I just heard a reporter say the Rmoney has been raising cash in the last few weeks -still raising it-- to pay for their GOTV operation on Ohio

    I thought they had too much money and that their GOTV operation has been in place for weeks and weeks and weeks

  28. The reason Rmoney is out campaigning is because he cannot sit still — ADHD

  29. Deborah Clark is a Republican who is seeking reelection as Pinellas County’s Supervisor of Elections. She is either completely incompetent or just plain corrupt. I guess that this new breed of Republicans just can’t control themselves when it comes to voter intimidation.

    Hundreds of Pinellas voters get robocall from supervisor of elections saying Election Day is Wednesday
    By Michael Van Sickler, Tampa Bay Times, November 06, 2012 11:17 AM

    ST. PETERSBURG — An hour after polls opened Tuesday morning, the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office mistakenly placed hundreds — possibly thousands — of automatic calls to voters instructing them that they had until 7 p.m. Wednesday to vote.

    But that is wrong. Polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Any ballots turned in after that time won’t be accepted.

    The calls went out between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. because of a glitch with the SOE’s phone system. Calls were made Monday alerting voters who had requested mail ballots but had not returned them that they had until 7 p.m. “tomorrow” to get them turned in.

    About 12,000 calls, however, didn’t get through, said SOE spokeswoman Nancy Whitlock. They were stored in a queue and recycled Tuesday morning. The “tomorrow” in the message meant for Monday was incorrect when it was delivered.

    “About 30 minutes the calls were going out,” Whitlock said. “We stopped it immediately when we found out about it.”

    Charlie and Carole Crist were campaigning for President Barack Obama in Tampa on Tuesday morning, when Mrs. Crist’s cell phone showed a call from Pinellas County, the robocall saying polls would open “tomorrow.”

    “Unbelievable,” said the former governor.

  30. Ohio polls close at 7:30. If Obama wins Ohio, it’s all over. It would be almost impossible for Romney to win.

    If Romney wins Ohio, we’ll have to keep watching because then it could go either way.

    Most polls & experts say Obama is going to win Ohio. The “Let Detroit go bankrupt” NYT op-ed that Romney wrote is what killed him in Ohio, where there are tens of thousands of auto industry jobs. Obama saved them and everyone in Ohio knows it.

  31. something I’ve long wondered – Why isn’t the property insurance industry spending their millions in lobbying Congress to make politicians get to work on climate change? It’s gonna put them out of business

  32. Report from Canton, Oho

    Hi All, voting heavy in Ohio. I had to wait a half an hour to get into polling booth. recent reports have Obama in the lead in Ohio but within the margin of area. read in paper today that both parties plan to check poll books at 11am at 4pm then contact people who have not voted. Look for late night in Ohio and also the possibility that winner not declared tonight due to provisional ballots.

    Virginia is also a signal — if Obama carries Virginia it’s over for Rmoney

  33. Tonight or hopefully tomorrow, and not longer, we will have the results of the only poll that counts.

    The unbridled arrogance and entitlement of Mitt and Ann Romney is absolutely astounding. It makes me think King Mitt and Queen Ann. I can not believe that after 10 years in the public eye we know so little.

    Romney Remains a Mystery After Revealing Little on Trail
    By Lisa Lerer, Bloomberg, November 6, 2012 12:01 AM ET

    Twenty-four hours before Election Day, the man at the front of the plane remains a mystery.

    “I need your vote. I need your work,” Mitt Romney implored enthusiastic supporters from Florida to New Hampshire. “Walk with me. Walk with me together,” he said, while standing perfectly straight, an eye on the teleprompter, staying precisely on script.

    Yet, with more than a decade of national exposure, hundreds of thousands of ads and life without private moments, Romney has remained largely inscrutable. To voters, the journalists traveling with him for almost two years and even some of his staff, the Republican nominee has revealed little beyond his campaign-crafted images as a business technocrat and family man. Should he lose his bid for the White House tonight, friends and supporters say, that opacity may be among the reasons.

  34. I know that voting will be royally screwed up in the NE, but I thought (LMAO) that voting in Tejas would move along more smoothly considering that there’s been no disaster here, or should I say no natural disaster.

    So far people in Dallas who registered with DMV can’t vote because DMV screwed up getting the registrations to whomever. There’s a 2 hour wait-in-line in some places. Both parties are petitioning the courts to allow polls to remain open longer today. Dems want 2 more hours and Repubs 1 hour.

    In Galveston there was a 2 hour delay in opening the polls and then some voting machines didn’t work and some ran out of paper.

    I’m imagining this kind of SNAFU punctuated throughout the county.

    The whole election’s going to be a mess, IMO.

  35. I am shocked (really) at the unbridled hatred coming out of the mouths of Fox tv guests and the people on the glenn beck network might as well be wearing brownshirts and giving the Nazi salute — one of their guests pointed out the reality of the polls and the hosts (Pat and Stu) went berserk. These people are seriously unhinged and they foment people to violence they are not healthy for civil society and Mitch McConnell is just them in a suit

  36. Craig… you’re doing good… you’re manning the battle stations here… ;-)

    Voting this morning was easy and smooth… wish I could do it again.

    here’s my choice for today’s CSM cartoon

  37. Craig
    You don’t understand insurance. They can’t go broke. They are like bookies they get to change the odds you pay every year. And they always get their cut.
    Sure NYC got hit but the risk was laid off and spread worldwide. Next year the east coast gets new odds in a raise in you insurance bill.

    Jack

  38. Ta-Nehisi Coates blogger at The Atlantic

    First, Fire the Pundits

    Dylan Byers endorses the notion that Nate Silver’s rep will “take a severe hit” if Romney wins. But if Silver is exactly right Byers, who implied that Silver was overrated, will take no hit whatsoever. Joe Scarborough will still have his show. And Peggy Noonan will still be able to assert the significance of her feelings. And I will go into class tomorrow and try to explain to 19-year-old kids why this sort of journalism can give you a plum place in the world of media but can’t get you out of an undergraduate writing seminar.

  39. It wouldn’t be Silver who takes a hit -- it would be the polling people Silver does no original polling or research

  40. Toots and I had our Obama Victory Steak Lunch today. The porterhouse I picked-up Saturday from Publix was the best we have had since Kumcho and I moved to Columbia in ’97--1-3/8″ thick, beautifully marbled, and weighing in at 28-oz.

    Although I had planned to open a bottle of wine, I had to cancel on that because Toots hadn’t yet voted; simply wouldn’t do having her staggering into the polls blaming her condition on Obama’s victory party.

  41. Maybe I was wrong before. I guess that this new breed of Republicans are just plain corrupt.

    Machine turns vote for Obama into one for Romney
    By Zachary Roth, November 6, 2012 12:52 PM

    A Pennsylvania electronic voting machine has been taken out of service after being captured on video changing a vote for President Obama into one for Mitt Romney, NBC News has confirmed. Republicans have also said machines have turned Romney votes into Obama ones.

    The video was first posted on Youtube by user “centralpavoter.” It shows a voter’s finger repeatedly pressing the button for Obama, but a check mark coming up next to Romney’s name:


    2012 Voting Machines Altering Votes from Obama to Romney

    Pennsylvania electronic voting machine changing votes from Obama to Romney, Since the advent of electronic voting machines, there has been concern and criticism over issues with them. On Tuesday -- yes, the day of the election, a video of an electronic voting machine altering votes.

    The video clearly shows a user selecting Barack Obama. However, his vote is changed to Mitt Romney, every time.

  42. Well we’ve had another election where the wing nuts drove the debate and a middle that has careened from side to side. This ha been going on for over 20 years making steady consistent policy impossible. The only people winning are the big money folks who can exploit it and buy the policy they want.
    Don’t ya think it might be time for a new approach cause the old one hasn’t been working.

    For starters I ran across this article, Reminded me of some of the chat comments and questions the other night.

    What if Liberals and Progressives Could Learn to Talk to White Southern Men?

  43. HOUSEKEEPING TIP: I am taking the afternoon to clean up my computers. Empty browser cache, run virus checks, defrag, etc. Gonna be a busy night ht on the inter tubes

  44. Craig -
    Swiss RE and Munich RE have both been warning that the current model isn’t going to keep up with the costs.

    Oct. 17 -

    North America has seen the world’s sharpest increase in the number of natural catastrophes during the past 32 years, a trend that in some respects is linked to manmade global warming, according to a report released Wednesday from the global reinsurance giant Munich Re. The study, which has not undergone scientific peer review, examined natural disaster losses between 1980 and 2011, finding that weather-related loss events in North America “nearly quintupled” during the period, compared to just an increase factor of two in Europe, for example.

    http://www.climatecentral.org/news/munich-re-cites-climate-change-footprint-in-disaster-loss-trends-15128

  45. PIT

    Votes are always stolen whole sale rather than retail. It is cheaper to steal a whole lot of votes than to pay one man for his vote.
    Same thing here. As you have shown this type of voter fraud would be easily caught. But go down a layer and change the tabulation recorded for each precinct…..
    That is why I always want a paper trail.

    Jack

  46. I voted at the Home Depot . Zero wait . All the down ballot slots are missing democratic candidates. Just libertarian, and republicans running.

    The best news in this election cycle, the Ron Paul people took over in Nevada and the Republican Party went extinct in that state.

  47. All the down ballot slots are missing democratic candidates. Just libertarian, and republicans running.

    Here they were only Democrats, at least you had a choice. My choice was Democratic or leave the line blank.

    We are becoming a nation of single party districts.

    Jack

  48. Well I did my duty and voted today. From the time I got in line at the polls until I got home was 2 hours.

    The polling place is about ten minutes from the house so I got in line around 11:35am and got home at 1:35pm. Spent about 1 hour and thirty minutes in line before checking in and receiving my ballots.

    There were three pages double sided to vote. I voted no on the amendments and on the questions. I voted basically straight Democrat and only one no vote at all.

    That non vote was because there was only a choice for a Repug and a write in. Since I did not know who was eligible for the office I left it blank. If the Repug wins, which I suspect would have happened anyway, I really didn’t throw any votes away.

    Now the long wait to see if the Republicant’s steal another election this year.

    Have a great day.

  49. coloradobob

    The best news in this election cycle, the Ron Paul people took over in Nevada and the Republican Party went extinct in that state.

    Incredible. Must have been their personalities because their policies were just what everyone wanted. ;-)

    Jack

    We are becoming a nation of single party districts.

    Most disturbing.

    Cheers

    Bill

  50. Folks, it’s now 8.10 in rainy Canberra on Wednesday 7 November. The polls are in and the election is over. The results are in. Four more years of the same. Obama President and whacos in charge of Congress. There’s probably a news blackout in America because I am surprised no one has mentioned this.

    Cheers

    Bill

  51. Jack I agree with you. I have been doing computer programming since 1964. Still do a little. You are correct in doing the fraud in the tabulation. No one would see it and it is easy to cover-up.

    This video was probably a glitch in the touch screen interface. It is just nice to show how vulnerable voting machines are.

    A paper trail is only good during a recount as a voter copy can be fabricated but the tabulated count can be biased. Even the scanner version, like Florida, can be compromised in the tabulation. Only during a paper recount could the true vote be reveled. That is only true if the people fraud factor was controlled.

  52. PIT
    I’ve been rereading Robert Caro’s books on Lyndon Johnson. Now there was some whole sale stealing of votes.
    In his first run for the Senate Lyndon made the mistake of turning in his stolen votes early. That let his opponent know how many votes they had to steal. Lyndon went to bed that night thinking he was a winner and woke up a loser.
    In one of those elections the last 100 or so voters voted in alphabetical order or at least that is the legend.
    Jack

  53. At least Florida got rid of the old IBM 5081 punch card voting with the chad. Loved the photo Craig!

  54. Yeah, we had the punch cards here. I never liked them.
    I want to mark those ballots up with my own grubby hand.
    even if I’m just filling in circles

    Jack

  55. Bill -
    We plan to use science, to put little tiny policemen in every woman’s uterus, to guard the 14th amendment rights of zygotes.

  56. In Southfield Township, Mich., an elderly man passed out while working on his ballot and had to be resuscitated by a nurse on the scene. The man lost his pulse entirely before he was revived, reports The Detroit News, and his first question upon waking was, “Did I vote?”

  57. Jack go on Twitter for the hashtag #election

    Pulls up everyone commenting on the election. Lots of good stuff.

  58. Mary Matalin just said Rmoney is going to win
    This year she also told us Akin would be out of the race

    she’s so not credible

  59. Bill,

    Thanks for the good news. Just love getting the future before it happens without the necessity of messy time travel.

  60. Jamie says: Are we going to go to “Chat” when the polls close?

    Either or, far as I’m concerned. I’ll be going back and forth comments and chat. Advantage of chat: no need to refresh.

  61. All the GOP talking heads look so pained and pressured. They don’t know whether to betray their party or prostitute themselves or actually pretend to be human with a real brain.

  62. First to watch tonight: Virginia. Polls close at 7pm. If VA can be called early, and if for Obama, we’re done, don’t have to wait for Ohio. Mitt needs VA and OH to win.

  63. Imus phone-in to fox cut short when he said he hoped obama won and took virginia early and it was over by 7:15. according to mr. twitter.

  64. I think there will be a clear result by 8:00 PM in the east. I am interested in the House and Senate. Fear we can’t take back the House (my hope hope hope) but a much closer count would assist legislation with a Democratic Senate.

  65. Exit information from Virginia bad news for Rmone
    white religious lunatic vote down 7% from 2008

  66. Virginia. Polls close at 7pm.

    First exit polls from CNN in Virginia.

    The white evangelical vote is down 7% from 2008.

  67. I voted and there was no line
    all the poll workers were wearing red white and blue and people were bringing them food

  68. oops…i used the link thing but it stretccccccched out anyway….but all it was was round 1 of ali-shavers. if you get a chance watch the last 3 rounds, if you ever followed boxing.

    a slam-bang example of the sweet science.

  69. Virginia. Polls close at 7pm.

    First exit polls from CNN in Virginia.

    The 18-24 vote is 18% the same as 2008 .

  70. David Gergen just said the Rmoney campaign needed to keep the minority vote below 30% and they failed to do that…isn’t that an admission of a strategy of racist voter suppression on the part of the Rmoney campaign

    And John King just admitted Rmoney had lost

    My latest prediction — Carmona Wins, Az for Obama and gov breweres finger falls off when a police officer asks for her papers

  71. Wolf Blitzer lead on CNN. Rachel Maddow lead on MSNBC Cenk on Current .. Decisions Decisions … NOT. Hi there Rachel.

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