I'm here right now on the blogosphere monitoring events in the 2006 election. This is a critical year for the Democrats, because Republicans have spent the last few years making everything that could possibly go wrong go wrong in the worst possible way. Democrats, in their infinite wisdom, chose to use this time to further their image as the uninteresting and boring party that exists solely to not be Republicans, even though they are roughly the same thing.
As I write this the election is still unfolding. I did not intend to write about politics, but I am in the unenviable position of having to be funny at a time when the cogs of democracy are turning, grinding people like you and me to dust. The only thing I can really write about now is that which I am focused solely on: America's political popularity contest. I am joined in the blogosphere by my rival blogger Tom "Moof" Davies of the Moof Report. We are casting aside our overwhelming hatred for one another to focus on giving you coverage of this election in real time, only you won't read it until it is done, probably invalidating all of our insights and discussions. I assure you, however, this was all written in real time, just in your past.
Livestock: Moof if we had blogs we could be breaking the stories.
Moof: We could be breaking the stories in real time as it happens.
Livestock: I know, Moof! We could be calling elections.
Moof: I am calling Oregon for Bush.
Livestock: I would call Arizona for LOSERS.
Moof: I am calling Florida for Howard Dean
Moof: I am calling Washington for frogs.
Livestock: It looks like a close one in England but I'm going to go ahead and call it for pork faggots.
Livestock: Moof, it is fun to be political bloggers.
Moof: I am going to call South Dakota for COCKSUCKER
Livestock: Moof, I should never have gotten you to watch Deadwood. It has ruined your innocence.
The Democratic Process
I should note that Moof is not an American. He is English. He speaks with an English accent. He eats things like crumpets and Cornish pasties and rides on trams. He is everything that we are not: UN-AMERICAN. To give you an example of where Moof stands on democracy, here is his sinister take on it:
Moof: The main problem with democracy is that the people cannot be trusted with the power.
Moof: The majority does not really know what is best for the majority.
Moof: I propose a system of pulleys and levers.
Nonetheless, Moof has a keen understanding of the political process, offering important insights as an uninvited outsider.
Moof: Livestock, watching elections is like watching sports but more people lose their jobs. :)
Livestock: That is ironic because many politicians run on a platform of creating jobs, when in fact they are doing so to steal a job.
Moof: They are.
Livestock: That is hypocritical and I would never vote for a hypocrite, even if it means remaining jobless.
Moof: Democracy is a lot like American Idol.
Moof: I wonder if that is where they got the idea for democracy?
Livestock: At the end of each election there should be someone that makes fun of the winning and losing candidates.
Livestock: And teenage girls should be able to text in votes.
Moof: Man, the Dems just picked up another house seat from the GOP.
Livestock: Which seat?
Livestock: I hope it was a recliner.
Moof: No, it was a hammock, but it is still nice.
House of the Dems
The biggest victory for the Democrats came in the form of the House of Representatives. Throughout the night the Republicans consistently lost ground there, giving some hope for a return of checks and balances which are nice since our government is completely insane.
Moof: According to CNN Arizona 05 and Arizona 08 are key races.
Livestock: Races to the bathroom so you don't miss the actual important stuff you mean!!
Moof: No, they are very important.
Moof: Democrats are +2 houses so far.
Moof: If they get 4 houses then can swap it for a hotel. :)
Inevitably the Democrats gained many hotels worth of power, and easily secured control of the beloved House of Representatives early in the night. As such we didn't spend a lot of time blogging about the House, because nobody even cares about the House. There are over 400 House members, so it's not like it takes effort to get there.
The Issues at Stake
Politicians weren't the only things on the ballot. A wealth of important issues were on the table, including bans on gay marriage, abortion, stem cell research, and public hooting.
Livestock: The abortion ban in South Dakota didn't pass. :) :)
Livestock: I am going to go have sex in South Dakota right now.
Moof: Okay (don't forget to have it aborted).
Livestock: I hope it is twins so I can get two abortions for the price of one.
Moof: Usually you have to pay a little extra for two.
Livestock: I hope it counts as two on my punch card at least. I want to get a tenth abortion for free
Livestock: Moof, tell me, do you support the right of Missouri residents to clone Michael J. Fox?
Moof: Yes, absolutely.
Moof: But only if we don't get more "Spin City" episodes.
Livestock: Wait, with Charlie Sheen???
Moof: Michael J. Fox was in it before Charlie Sheen and he was better than Charlie Sheen.
Livestock: I know but "Spin City" ended with Charlie Sheen.
Moof: But it was bad with Charlie Sheen.
Moof: It was okay with Michael J. Fox.
Livestock: Well I'm not sure it was ever really that great, Moof.
Moof: I said it was okay.
One of the key issues being decided on this election year is that of mine safety. With several mine inspector seats up for grabs, the future of mines proved to be up in the air rather than in the ground.
Moof: Livestock, are you watching the mine inspector races?
Moof: Apparently there was only one mine inspector on the ballot here.
Livestock: Moof, if I may continue on the subject of mine inspectors...
Livestock: I think gaining control of the House of Mine Inspectors would give the Dems a strong handle on shaping the future of mines.
Moof: Livestock the mine inspectors don't have a house
Moof: They have a mine.
Livestock: The house is obviously metaphorical.
Livestock: Obviously they have a mine and they gather there.
Livestock: Mine inspection is my favorite branch of government.
Livestock: It just seems like that under Republicans mine safety has taken a backseat to the war on terror.
Moof: I agree.
Livestock: It is time for miners to come out of the tunnels and make a statement.
Livestock: The miner vote is going to be a deciding factor this election, mark my words.
Moof: Livestock, there was only one mine inspector on the ballot in AZ.
Livestock: Does he live in the Kartchner Caverns?
Livestock: It is not really a mine per se, but it is underground and that is the dominion of mine inspectors.
Moof: Yes, exactly.
Reports from the Political Jungle
Livestock: Moof, reports from Animal Planet are projecting spiders the winner.
Moof: I am calling the jungle right now for lions...
Moof: As king.
Livestock: Moof, that doesn't even make sense. This is a democracy!
Moof: Not in the jungle.
Moof: Livestock, exit polls at the zoo are suggesting an overwhelming victory for giraffes,
Moof: But we all know how misleading exit polls can be since the 2004 penguin-polar bear upset.
Livestock: Tom, I am well aware of this. I saw the giraffes and they have put on a good show for people lately, picking up a lot of ground in the hard to reach branches area. But we cannot rule out hippos this time, not yet.
Livestock: Moof, I am still real time blogging and I'm going to go ahead and call tunnels for horses, with 57% of tunnels reporting.
Moof: We haven't heard from golf cart tunnel yet so I am not going to call it either way.
A Surprise Betrayal
Moof: People at work are talking about Photoshop Phriday.
Livestock: What are they saying? Can you poll them?
Moof: I am calling it for FARK.
Livestock: Oh no. :(
Battle for the Senate
The main focus of the night was the fight to control the Senate, and dominated the bulk of our discussion.
Livestock: Moof, who are your top three dream senators?
Moof: Ted Kennedy
Moof: Winston Churchill
Livestock: Do you want to know mine?
Livestock: Aulus Caecina
Livestock: Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus
Livestock: Marcus Scribonius Drusus Libo
Moof: Those are Roman senators.
Livestock: I didn't specify what kind of senators.
Livestock: I could have said Senator Palpatine, but frankly his reforms were terrible.
Moof: Okay, I am sorry.
Livestock: Moof, the question on most American minds is thus: could Hillary Clinton win against a barn full of hogs?? The answer is no, and I am calling NY for a barn full of hogs with 75% of precincts reporting.
Moof: The hogs are men.
Moof: Men always win against women.
Although my projection was a bit off, we eventually got back on track.
Moof: Livestock, it is going to be difficult for the Dems to win the senate.
Moof: They need 3 out of the remaining 6 seats.
Moof: Three of them have a strong GOP lead.
Moof: One of them has a good Dem lead.
Moof: And two have a small GOP lead by maybe 2%.
Moof: So the Dems need to take those two.
Livestock: I have a theory, Moof.
Livestock: How the democrats can pick up some senate seats.
Moof: Ok, how? (They cannot just buy some seats or steal some seats).
Livestock: Oh, well, never mind.
Livestock: Wait, I have another theory.
Moof: Okay (they cannot make seats out of lumber).
Livestock: The Dems in the house could use their newfound advantage to create several new states and fill them full of liberals, creating new senate seats that will go to liberals.
Moof: What would the states be called?
Livestock: The states would be called Pago and Bayonet.
Livestock: Pago being the better of the two, obviously.
Moof: Livestock, CNN just called New Caprica for Baltar :O
As the night dragged on, the contest for the Senate ended up resting on two states, Virginia and Montana. The wonders of democracy left the fate of the government in the hands of two boring states that no one actually cares about.
Livestock: It is taking a long time to get the Montana votes in because Montana is 8 times the size of Texas and has 100 citizens.
Moof: They only have 99, actually.
Moof: I am sorry. :(
Livestock: Who died??
Moof: Old McGubbins.
Livestock: God rest his soul.
Livestock: Control of the Senate...
Livestock: Control of the direction of the United States of America...
Livestock: May well rest in the hands...
Livestock: Of the people of BUTTE!
Moof: HEHE BUTTE
Livestock: More like BUTT
It is looking like the Democrats have a chance to pick up the last remaining seats and take control, but that is not certain as of this writing.
The Saga of Lugo
The most interesting story of the election was without a doubt that of Chris Lugo's candidacy in Tennessee. Lugo ran on the platform of "I am a grown man and I have a neckbeard" and lost with less than 3,000 votes. Still, his startling campaign and his neckbeard made him the standout candidate in a hotly contested race.
Moof: I am sad to see Lugo only got 2000 or so votes in Tennessee.
Livestock: Lugo had a lot to offer.
Moof: He will get his chance to shine.
Livestock: Lugo for president??
Moof: One day...
Moof: He got 15 votes in Bedford County. :)
Livestock: A key battleground county...
Moof: He got 1 vote in Clay County.
Moof: Livestock, I am about to call the Senate for Lugo.
Livestock: That is a bold move, Moof. I hope you don't have to eat crow, as we say in political circles.
Moof: PICTURE OF LUGO FOUND!
Moof: I think he might have stairs... if you know what I mean... (In his house)...
Livestock: Lugo has a neckbeard!
Moof: Do you think maybe... he is protected... from pusher robots...?
Livestock: I don't think we should talk about this anymore
Moof: Oh, Lugo! :)
I am certain that that by the time I wake up in the morning, Tennessee will have already finished its recount and declared Lugo the true winner. It also very much looks like the Democrats will snag Virginia and Montana. It is always possible something will change, but it is looking pretty certain that the Democrats have reclaimed the House and the Senate, vanquishing evil and making the universe safe again.
I apologize for the disjointed nature of this update; it was pieced together from a dramatic night of discussion and ever shifting news and poll data. I trust that it will all be overturned hours after I post this, making me look like the biggest idiot in the world. I am going to go ahead and wrap things up and say that this night seems to have been a step in the right direction.