Election Day open thread: It's here, finally, and let me thank all of you
What are you thinking, seeing and feeling? An open thread for however long the votes are counted and the winner announced.
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The day is finally here, and for a lot of people it’s a feeling of hope mixed with dread. How about you? And what what you seeing out there?
I’ll keep this thread open for discussion through the day and night and into tomorrow and how ever long it takes to determine a winner — a place for you all to jump and discuss the election results.
Whatever happens tonight and in coming days, we know we’ve all organized and come together, and worked hard. Thank you to every one of you — those who’ve read my work over these four years, much of which I spent as editor-at-large at HuffPost, before The Signorile Report — and those of you who’ve listened to my SiriusXM program, some for many years. You gave me enormous hope and the knowledge that there were so many people out there who were ready to pick themselves up off the floor and fight.
Like all of you, I will never forget election night 2016, as the dismal numbers kept coming in and I was, earlier in the night, working on the air and seeing which way it was going. I left the studio in midtown Manhattan, completely numb, and it was after I got home, before I got to bed, that Wisconsin was called — and Trump was announced as the president.
That was 2:29 a.m. on November 9th. It was sheer horror, a fear that gripped me from every side. But the activist in me somehow found its way to kick in, and I’d been through worse, growing up gay, dealing with the Reagan era, the criminal negligence of AIDS as a young adult, seeing the hate and having no choice but to fight it. I thought immediately that we could not cave to the fear. I tweeted this out at that moment:
The first days back on the show were excruciating. There was no sense that we would come out of this and how, and so many people calling in were fearful and hurt. Many were in much more dire situations than I was, living in places where everyone around them was celebrating or seeing family immersed in what would become a more horrible and powerful cult. Reaching out to many and just being there and helping them in whatever way I could on the show and in my writings actually helped me through. Within a couple of months the Women’s March organized and a real resistance was underway. We were ready and there was no stopping us.
So, whatever happens we know we came together and did the best we could and fought. And we’ll continue to fight — no matter what happens, because even if you “win” the moment, there’s always a fight — and will have each other. So just know that. And thanks again to all of you.
I’ll be coming back here and connecting in the discussion throughout the next how ever many days!
Good morning folks. Slept about four to five hours. Not bad!
And things were better when I woke up. I’m feeling more like 2018 than 2016. There were too many rushes to judgement, as now Michigan and Wisconsin are coming in for Biden and Pennsylvania is expected to.
Meanwhile, GOP is seeing its red strongholds move away. Losing AZ, GA undecided, fought for TX, others — where the future is. I don't think that bodes well for the GOP.
Biden doesn't actually need PA if he keeps NV, as expected (though it's close now) and he has the Nebraska 2nd congressional district. It's done right there. Meanwhile, Georgia is still undecided.
We voted in a pandemic folks, and it's taking a while to count votes.
Trump was outrageous but not unexpected in claiming he had a "victory" last night. It is not over, and it looks good for Biden.
Yes, millions of people voted for Trump, and this wasn't a repudiation of his racism and his lies -- enough that he he took Florida by a good margin. A cult leader's grip doesn't die easily, and though many rejected it now, left the cult, others were drawn to it. He brought out more rural people who joined the cult. He's turning the GOP into the party of complete and total bigotry which loses the suburbs. Sadly though, those larger rural turnout may have dashed hopes for the Dems taking the Senate. There's still Georgia, so let's see. Hang in there everyone!
Hi everyone --- it's nerve-wracking but early and also nothing too unexpected re: losses even if disappointing. Florida is a disappointment but what we thought might happen. Texas is tight, and that itself is a win, even if Biden doesn't pull it out. We're still waiting for Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and it's really early for those. Arizona is a surprise, looking like Biden will pick it. If he does he's in a much better place. North Carolina is still out -- we'll see what happens. How are you all doing?