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A little patience

Posted by Thomas Nephew on November 3rd, 2008

“A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles.”

— Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Taylor, 1798

I’ll be in blog silence for the next couple of days — not that that’s very different from any random couple of days.  First I’m off to Loudoun County, VA to help with GOTV tonight and tomorrow; then I need to drive to Ohio on family matters.

Here’s hoping we’ll be celebrating an Obama victory when I get back.

12 Responses to “A little patience”

  1. Nell Says:

    Thank you for helping turn Virginia blue. Best wishes for a safe trip to Ohio and back.

    Not only did Obama win with some room to spare, we got the unexpected cherry on top: Tom Perriello! That’s one of those great turnarounds, where not only does the party get a truly better kind of Democrat rather than just piling up more Blue Dogs, but the Congress sheds some exceptionally vile and stupid Republicans. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Virgil.

    Similarly delightful: Larry Kissell beating Robin Hayes.

  2. Nell Says:

    What a letdown. In the cold light of morning, Perriello has fallen behind Goode by 450 votes with everything reported. There’ll be a recount, but if the recount judges rule as they did in the Creigh Deeds-McDonnell race three years ago, it won’t be a true recount but just a re-canvass, where the election boards recheck the precinct results sheets. {Sigh.} So close.

  3. eRobin Says:

    Congrats on VA! We had a good pick up in Erie, PA. English out – Dahlkemper in.

    Now the really hard work of influencing the insular world of D.C. It’s going to take twice the organization on the ground to do that. Here’s hoping!!!!

  4. Thomas Nephew Says:

    Woo hoo Loudoun County — Petersburg and Chantilly will show what will come to be known as the “Nephew effect”. 🙂
    (as in “yeah I voted for the Irish fella just so I’d never see that dadburn Nephew guy again.”)

    Things are looking a little better for Perriello again — he’s up by 31 votes now. Seems like it’s better to be ahead than behind when it’s time to recount. Goode is a nasty piece of work, isn’t he; hadn’t remembered he was the guy complaining about Ellison’s swearing on the Koran.

  5. Nell Says:

    Yeah, if we can hold tight at 30 until November 24, when the votes are certified, we’ll probably have Perriello in Congress. A 6-5 Democratic tilt in the Virginia delegation; woo-hoo!

    @eRobin: Special congratulations on Kindelberger. I was reading over the Congressional list at Down With Tyranny, and she jumped out as a best case scenario: the long shot true progressive supported by blogger donations who wins.

    Actually, things all over are a bit better than they looked late election night. Merkley in Oregon, North Carolina. The ones we lost or are still waiting on are absolute squeakers, which means we might even end up winning them: Franken, Burner, Begich? [or is that hopeless?] Heck, we might even keep up Missouri’s streak of going with the winner. I love it that MO’s almost irrelevant, though; both parties in that state could use some serious internal reform.

  6. Nell Says:

    I’m sorry, Dahlkemper not Kindelberger.

  7. Nell Says:


    Two precincts in Charlottesville somehow failed to report hundreds of votes on election night, and they’ve now been counted in the post-election canvass: Perriello is up 648.

    Not enough to stave off a recount, but I’m now completely serene about the outcome (which be certified on Nov. 24 and will become official in December after a “recount”).

    This election will have replaced one of the worst members of the House with someone who’s on his way to becoming known as one of the best. Perriello got more votes than Obama in both Albemarle County and C’ville: McCain voters went for him in substantial numbers, well more than his margin of victory. Not because he catered to them with conservative policies, but because he’s just shown himself to be clearly the better candidate.

  8. Nell Says:

    Just to remind us that the reign of witches hasn’t entirely passed over, Dick Cheney is coming to Lexington tomorrow morning.

    He’s apparently invited himself to review the VMI corps of cadets’ parade as part of the Institute’s annual ‘Military Appreciation Day’. We won’t, in the euphoric wake of the election, be able to give him the kind of welcome we arranged for Rumsfeld two and a half years ago, but a hard core of anti-torture and antiwar activists will have a visible presence.

  9. Thomas Nephew Says:

    Wow!!!!!!!!! Tremendous news, thanks for keeping me posted. Just crossing my fingers they’ll find a ballot box or two up in Washington — Darcy Burner is close up there.

    UPDATE, 3:45pm: Co-worker sent me a link to this –“Perriello’s lead is small, but insurmountable“. Perriello’s lead has risen to (gasp!) 741 after Albemarle County results were re-evaluated (provisional ballots, etcetera). The observer (“cvllelaw”) feels that other counties are unlikely to change the results significantly.

  10. Brett Says:

    Hey Thomas: I was assigned to do voter protection in lovely Fluvanna county on Tuesday, also Perriello country. The local party organization there is just fantastic. Here’s to hoping he’ll pull it off.

  11. Brett Says:

    . . .and good work, my friend!

  12. Thomas Nephew Says:

    Thanks for your work, Brett! What I did was just foot soldier stuff.

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