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2012 Election Day Open Thread

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | November 3, 2012 | Comments ()


All right, folks. It's election day. I'm sure many of you have political sites you tend to gravitate towards on days like today because they are better equipped to discuss politics. But if y'all are feeling chatty and want a slightly less political place to hang out, this thread will be up all evening.

Feel free to talk amongst yourselves, comfort one another, celebrate, drop your wisdom, sexually harass one another, discuss ridiculous voting props in your area, or report on rumors, exit polls, or your own personal voting stories. I'll be checking in with Maine results on the same-sex marriage vote.

Are you following Pajiba on Facebook or Twitter? Every time you do, Bill Murray crashes a wedding.

Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


    Congratulations on not electing those two "legitimate rape" idiots Mourdock and Akin." You're a cool neighbour, but I couldn't hang with you anymore if you'd given those assholes an official office.

  • This week on Celebrity Apprentice:

    "Meatloaf. Ted Nugent. The task for your teams this week is to march on Washington and overthrow the government. Or you're fired."

  • e jerry powell

    I think The Hair is getting senile; he keeps trying to fire people that don't work for him.

    I'd like to see him try to fire Oprah. He'll see that Nene Leakes ain't shit as Strong Black Women go.

  • Tinkerville

    Is anyone else witnessing Donald Trump's epic twitter meltdown? So this is what it's like to see someone have a mental breakdown over social media.. HA!

  • Maguita NYC

    I never thought I'd see the day, where a Donald Trump would catch the Lindsay Lohan disease!

  • ,

    Christie/Jindal '16

    The pendulum swings.

  • e jerry powell

    And hits Bobby Jindal in the head.

  • ,

    Heh, made me smile.

    Anyhoo, the campaign ... starts ... NOW!

  • e jerry powell

    Hell, the campaign started the minute Karl Rove lost his shit last night.

  • thenchonto

    Got home from poll working like a half hour ago. I'm deliriously tired but I still like to state: a) Yay Obama! b) I love you so much San Diego! I don't even care about any of the damn school board and judicial elections and whatever right now, I just want to hug 98% of you for being super cool people, regardless of your political stances and whatever happened to your original mail-in ballots. Stop losing those, you guys. Stick them to your fridges until you're ready to use them or something. Please?

  • JuB

    I really want to be in America now. So much excitement. Well done OBAMA!

  • John W

    Yay Obama & Biden! Yay Elizabeth Warren!

  • e jerry powell

    Yay Tammy Baldwin!

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Ha, ha, ha! Donald Trump, ya burn!

  • googergieger

    On the plus though, Michelle Bachman's husband is finally going to be able to marry the pool boy in Maryland.

  • e jerry powell

    I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

  • As a resident of Roanoke, VA and currently in Ohio for work this week...I am so looking forward to normal TV coming back. I have not seen a taco bell commercial in months. I haven't seen any commercial other than political ads. I am not kidding...EVERY SINGLE AD IS ABOUT THE ELECTION!

    My nightmare is finally over...thank Jeebus.

  • e jerry powell

    Taco Bell ads you're looking for? I'd prefer you get more excited about Roomba commercials.

  • googergieger

    Ooooooobaaaaaaaama, well you came and you gave without taking

    And I sent you away, Obama

    And you kissed me and stopped me from shaking

    And I need you today, Obaaaaaamaaaa.

  • e jerry powell

    That moment seems like the bastard child of Andy Kaufman and a flatulent rhinoceros in heat.

  • brutus

    Truly - congrats to you guys at Pajiba. Here's to hoping that the Republican party can start to understand the shifting demographics of the country and how their list of priorities have "American prosperity" somewhere out of the top ten. Until the elephants can get that into their thick skulls, this kind of loss will continue for years to come.

    Hell - maybe I'm wrong and the Dems are correct. Maybe we really do have infinite cash.

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  • brutus

    That's what congress says every time Obama tries to pass a budget. Unanimously.

  • Congratulations on not electing a Bond villain, America.

  • All complexities and nuances aside, this essentially sums up exactly what I feel.

  • e jerry powell

    Don't insult Bond villains.

  • ...As does this.

  • Maguita NYC

    Or a "Bain" of our existence!

  • Blake


    8:18 PM PST.

  • Lemon_Poundcake

    America! Now I won't have to disown you!

  • Maguita NYC


    We can now breathe easy, and all of us live as equal American citizens. Again, Congratulations!!!

  • layla

    Dear Florida and Ohio,
    Let's do this.

    Kind Thanks,
    People of the Self Thinking World.

  • Dredd

    My place of polling was staffed with an exceptionally attractive and diverse group of young volunteers.

  • googergieger

    Think you accidentally went to a hooters.

  • Yes.....accidentally.

  • e jerry powell

    I hear the wings are good.

  • Kylie

    BBC streaming is where it is at. Twice, I've seen field reporters broadcasting from bars.

    When they showed a clip of Romney saying he only prepared one speech, a victory speech, the whole panel laughed

  • googergieger

    So what is everyone's drinking game tonight?

  • Kylie

    I'm going for constant

  • Puddin

    I've only imbibed two percent of my bottle of whiskey, but my liver is projecting that I will die from alcohol poisoning tonight.

  • googergieger

    I too am going for functioning alcoholic. Otherwise known as what it says on my business card.

  • googergieger
  • blacksred

    It is crazy I wasn't this nervous walking down the aisle to get married! I am very tempted to just take a sleeping pill and wake up tomorrow.

  • Lemon_Poundcake

    David Gregory has awesome hair.

  • Louise

    Well, at least something's happening above his neck.

  • e jerry powell

    Why do heterosexuals keep doing this to me?

    My skull is close to exploding from all the double entendre potential.

  • My desire to pay attention to the election ended the moment I cast my ballot this morning. Tonight is a night for potent beer and Rifftrax.

  • Puddin

    The Civil Wars broke up! Canceled all upcoming tour dates! Noooooooo!!!!!

  • Tinkerville

    WHAT?! No! The irony is I was listening to them less than an hour ago so I could calm the fuck down. Well, that's just great. Now we get this news as the cherry on top of the political shitshow. Have you NO MERCY, UNIVERSE?

  • Samantha Klein

    Actually, the story I read didn't say they'd broken up, just that there were disagreements and that they'd canceled all tour dates. BUT there was a line about "making new music for their fans in 2013" or some such. So maybe there's hope?

  • Puddin

    "irreconcilable differences"? Yeah....

  • Rooks

    NOOOO. For f*ck's sake, really now? Everytime I start to like a band for once - which I usually never do, because of the ramifications - they either break up, or make a breakthrough and start to make completely different, mainstream music, or someone in the band dies.
    I just started to like them! Only two weeks ago did I stop listening to their live album on repeat.
    I just googled it. It's true.

  • Samantha Klein

    What is this fresh hell?!

  • Samantha Klein

    Sigh. Once again, my home state of Georgia disappoints me. Please note I didn't say it SURPRISED me, only that it disappoints.

  • kushiro -

    I have to admit that I love it when the media can declare someone elected in a state with 0% of polls reporting.

  • e jerry powell


  • chanohack

    I am so fucking nervous. Let's play a little game while we're waiting, doesn't that sound fun?

    Which of these comments from my sweet little Grandma is the most surprising? About the News: "We like to watch Fox News because they really show both sides, and other stations don't do that. Fox is fair and balanced."
    Or, about the prediction that Romney will win because the Redskins lost this weekend: "Well yeah, but they always lose! They're like the worst team ever."

    Maybe vote up for number one, down for number two? Voting is so fun!

    Both blew my mind. (Grandma has never said a word about football to me before.)

  • jack

    I hate sitting in a hotel room alone watching results come in. Stupid business travel.

  • Louise

    Would you like some sexual harassment?

  • Guest

    Does he mind if I tag along as a co-harasser?

  • Three_nineteen

    Finally I'm home! Time to start drinking.

    I've got to make up for last time - in 2008 I couldn't drink because I was recovering from surgery, and the Vicodin that everyone told me would make me feel soooooooo good did nothing at all.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Sexually harass? That's okay here? Well then, Dustin, if I were to hate fuck one man who is totally confused about his sexuality and quite ambiguous regarding his penchant for rom-coms and honey-dew melon, you be third in line.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Give me cantaloupe or give me death!

  • darmatugan

    I have literally been spending every waking minute the past six days canvassing - knocking doors, making phones calls, today I'm on a college campus doing information tables and getting out the youth vote. I am just excited for the election to be over so I can actually sleep. But I swear to God, if the candidates I've devoted my September, October, and November to DON'T win, I will probably be a puddle of tears during the watch party tonight.

  • MrFrye

    I saw a final Romney ad early this morning that ended with "This is the most important vote in your life."

    If that were true, you'd think there would be more comments.

  • JuB

    American politics are so exciting. British politics, natch!
    I want to wake up to another Obama four years but then you same peeps gave Bush a second term so hmmnn.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    I keep saying that if Obama wins, I'm going to Canada.


    Favourite Neighbourhood Ontarian.

  • layla

    Agreed. I'm in Canada and we ain't got nothing like this show!
    I also can't help but think - C'mon America, don't fuck it up like you did 8yrs ago!

  • John W

    Is it over yet?

  • Puddin

    Anybody else doing the Vote or Die rap from South Park? I can't get it out of my head! And someone in my office heard me say "Shake dem titties when you vote, bitch." I really, really need this election to be over.

  • e jerry powell

    I'm watching all of Wendy Ho's political ads, if that's worth anything.

  • Puddin

    Wich political pundit will have a stroke on air first? I'm taking Chris Matthews.

  • googergieger

    I have a feeling Wolf Blitzer is going to kill himself when he finally admits to himself no one is watching.

  • Bill O'Reilly. I like his temper problems.

    I actually think Olbermann will explode first, but thankfully it won't be televised.

  • Tinkerville

    Dibs on Glenn Beck.

  • Maguita NYC

    Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Bryan Fisher, Dominic Dieter... Bundle all those up and shoot them off to space. Help Newt Gingrich populate Mars.

  • e jerry powell

    Let's not fuck up space like that. There's too much space garbage in orbit already. We can drop them into the Mariana trench, though. Interesting experiment, seeing what effect that kind of water pressure has on Limbaugh's flab.

  • Maguita NYC

    Hasn't water suffered enough?

  • Puddin

    I don't think he does tv anymore. He and olbermann woukd have been number one with a bullet in 2008. Im sticking with Matthews.

  • Maguita NYC

    Is Todd Akin appearing anywhere tonight?

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Only by force.

  • Maguita NYC

    Intentional force? Or unintentional?
    I believe one of those can never get you pregnant.

  • googergieger

    Dark alley in slutty clothes, just begging for Fox News to hire him. Hire him so bad and so hard.

    In his butt.

  • Maguita NYC


    I believe "let there be wine" would be uttered.

  • e jerry powell

    Fox and Friends spit-roast!

  • I was sheltering with family after Hurricane Isaac (they had a generator and a/c) and they were continuously trying to indoctrinate me into the Republican way. Pajiba was my main source of sanity. Thank you.

  • I live in rural Kansas. I grew up here. Most of the time I really love my state. The people are so warm, and friendly, and genuine. People here take care of each other, and I cherish that so much after years and years of living in big cities while doing undergrad and post-grad work. I'm glad to be back in Kansas, and I'm proud of the hard-working farm people I'm surrounded by.

    But the last few months, as an intelligent and informed female, have been absolutely HELLISH. It's times like these that make me want to grab my neighbors, and friends, and even family by the shoulders and SCREAM AT THEM. How can they be so STUPID? How can they not see that Mitt is a crazy, lying, robot wound up and set to run for massive corporations and guys that have enough money to buy small countries? That man is not running for office so that he can help out small family farms, or the tiny businesses that exist to serve small family farmers. Just because he's anti-abortion doesn't mean he's your guy, Kansas. Please stop letting the religious right dictate everything that happens.

    I KNOW there are more people like me here--tiny blue dots of sanity swimming in the sea of crazy red--but we're all so scared of being shunned for believing that gay people should have the same rights as every other human in the US, or that women should have the right to choose what happens to their bodies, that none of us speak up. I'm so guilty of this. I detest myself for keeping quiet, and I hate my state for making me feel like I SHOULD keep quiet.

    In a month everything will have settled down, and I'm just praying that I get to hear more grumbles about "That damn Obama" and not have to sit surrounded by smug Republicans who are blaming everything Mitt screws up on his predecessor. I'm holding out hope for you, Mr. President. This Kansan believes in you.

  • Uncle Mikey

    Blaming screwups on a predecessor . . . Where have I heard that before?

  • Brooke

    Replace Kansas in the above with Arkansas and this is just how I feel. In the small town I live in every waiting room television is tuned to Fox News and the retirees just sit there eating it up. My blue vote was pretty much cast into the wind.

  • Gabs

    Blue vote in AR here too! I knew it was a "wasted" vote but I'll be damned if that was going to stop me. So proud tonight!

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    I don't know if I'm supposed to up-vote that and weep into my candy.

  • Lemon_Poundcake

    Is there an election night drinking game? If not, we need to get on that.

  • Take a drink of beer when they cut to Romney or Obama celebration headquarters.

    Chug the beer when they cut to Gary Johnson's celebration headquarters

  • Drink a sip every time "exit polls" are mentioned.

    Take a shot every time Florida is mentioned in relation to the 2000 election.

    Take a drink of beer every time you hear "it's too early to tell."

    Chug a beer every time you hear "with <10% reporting in."

    Drink a shot when someone appears via hologram.

    Drain the bottle if it's Tupac.

  • Maguita NYC

    My liver is screaming "don't you fucking dare!"
    Just reading this made me sick. Morning after hangover sick.

  • Lemon_Poundcake

    I know. I'm starting to rethink this strategy.

  • I'm starting to wonder how you two made it through the primaries. After Bachman, Gingrich, and Cain I decided I'd prefer to have my liver suffer than my brain.

  • Maguita NYC

    I kept on suspiciously checking my pipe all through primaries. I truly believed my herbs were laced with some not so organic product.

    How else would you ever explain the exchanges between those crouching monkeys/cackling hyenas.

  • e jerry powell

    I had that happen once. By the time I realized it, I was already, how shall I say it...

  • Maguita NYC

    Hey! I thought Rowles had deleted the thread altogether. Turns out it's just way over here!

    So I'll be answering 2 days later instead.

    Maybe you should give the name of your pusher...

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