In my projection, I detailed why I think Obama might pull an upset win in Indiana, a statet hat went for Bush over Kerry by 20 points and hasn’t voted Blue since 1964. It should be noted that after voting this morning in Chicago, Obama went to Indianapolis:
During his brief visit to Indianapolis this morning, Sen. Barack Obama stopped by a union hall for UAW Local 550 and predicted a win in Indiana.
About a dozen volunteers were making get-out-the-vote calls when Obama arrived to appear before the cameras and try to motivate supporters.
Asked about his confidence in winning a state that has not backed a Democrat for president since 1964, Obama said he thinks he can change that pattern.
“I think we can win Indiana, otherwise I wouldn’t be in Indiana,” he said, according to a pool report of the visit.
Obama is now headed back to Chicago, where he is to do satellite interviews into battleground states and play some basketball, a voting day tradition for him.
We will know by 7PM EST whether Obama takes Indiana – and if he does, the election is pretty much over.
I’m watching Obama cast his vote at a school in Chicago live on TV right now. It’s taking him forever - how long does it take to mark the “straight democratic ticket” ?
I think it’s wonderful Obama has taken his girls with him while he votes. My own daughter is 6 years old and I took her with me to the primary, and also when I filed my early vote a few days ago in the general. It’s important to show kids the basic mechanics of Democracy in action, and it certainly has made her more enthusiastic (she told my dentist yesterday, “I’ll be so glad when this election is over!”). I think my daughter will remember this election for the rest of her life, and certainly so too will Obama’s daughters. Watching your parents debate, discuss the issues, and then cast their vote is the best civics lesson you can have about democracy.
Ah, Obama just finished voting. It took him about 15 minutes! He received a standing ovation from those present.
“I feel great and it was fun, I had a chance to vote with my daughters… I feel really good.
“You know I’m sure I will tonight – that’s when polls close. The journey ends but voting with my daughters, that was a big deal. I noitced that Michelle took a long time though. I had to check to see who she was voting for.”
As I noted in my statement on free speech, the best answer to bad speech is not to restrict speech, but more speech. In other words, refute it, don’t silence it. This is why in my coverage of the Obsession DVD I have never suggested that there should be some means of regulating or banning such blatantly racist propaganda, as there are in Europe, where hate speech laws are common.
Proof denies faith
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