On the night of the US election, after blogging about dresses, I decided to avoid all forms of news. Though I felt fairly good about the odds, particularly from Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight, I found I was overreacting to speculations of Romney victories. And I knew the results wouldn’t be known, for sure, until kind of late. And I was alone. I just didn’t need the solitary anxiety.
So no web, no TV, no radio for me. I just watched my new DVD of The Who Live in Texas 1975, which was awesome! Then I went to bed, knowing that my alarm, tuned to CBC Radio One, would give me the news upon awakening.
… Though in fact I had to wait, like, 5 minutes while they did traffic and weather and stuff. But then Matt Galloway read the night’s most popular tweet:
Four more years. pic.twitter.com/bAJE6Vom
It seems apt that, even though it was through radio, I got the news via tweet, as Twitter as truly been my main source for following this election. The details were in various New York Times, Mother Jones, etc. articles. Directing me to those were tweets.
So of course, I couldn’t wait to get on and read all the ones I’d missed the night before, when I’d been in avoidance mode. It was kind of like reliving the whole thing in condensed time. Here’s a sampling.
The watching begins
If Romney wins I’m moving to hell.
RT @rkgill: Here we go! May the best man or Mitt Romney win! #22USAVotes
Results start to come in
RT @markcheck99: RT @roofer_on_fire: Canada secures borders in case Obama wins, anticipates stampede of up to 2 million morons. #22USAvotes
On The Wall, The Writing.
But Florida remains inconclusive
RT @mypolishface: RT @MrBobKerr: Man, remind me not to go out to dinner with Florida. Takes ’em FOREVER to decide. #22USAvotes
Republicans lose some big ones
“The Rape guy lost” “Which one?” Your party has serious issues if people have to ask “Which one?” #GOP #itstheTwentyFirstCentury
#TDSBreakingNews Detroit votes to let @MittRomney fail. #DailyShowLive
Romney loses Pennsylvania. Apparently The Amish thought he was too behind the times.
And… they call it
Nate Silver being right brings up the very real and terrifying possibility that climate scientists are too
Your party doesn’t believe in evolution. RT @McCainBlogette Heartbroken. My party has to evolve or it’s going to die.
But Romney seems to dawdle on the conceding
Tabatha Southey @TabathaSouthey
Romney still not conceding. Possibly he’ll build a White House near the real White House & start governing. But his house will be bigger.
RT @robbierobtown: Romney, concede. The WORLD wants to go to bed. #22USAvotes#Obama2012#CanadaIsSleepy#TheWorldVotes
RT @heyitstva: “Wait…can I just buy more states?” – Romney #election2012#22USAvotes
Tell it like it is, bro! #22USAvotes RT @stefquaglia: “The only time we’ve looked forward to a Mitt Romney speech” #markcritch#USvotesCBC
And there is cheer
RT @thedarcymichael: America tonight you voted for weed, married gays & a black dude. Basically my sex bucket list. Thanks. #22USAvotes
“Guys, take a moment to deal with this. We survived.”