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#1 Comrade Borgia

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:26 AM

I am obsessively watching CNN on TV (apart from the excellent coverage i have a little shame crush on Anderson Cooper) and am on Twitter on my ipad.....

hey, baby's asleep and DS 1 is at school.....what else is there to do?

Im hoping Obama gets back in......

(oh, and FTR - yes I am an Australian living in Australia so, no, the US election results have no DIRECT impact on me, but I do think that the result will have world wide ramifications ...hence my interest....)

#2 la di dah

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:34 AM

Obama's going to get it.

At least half the people I know aren't speaking to me. The other half have garbaged up my Facebook as they have for weeks.

#3 Jupiter123

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:35 AM

I am keeping an eye on it but not really paying a huge amount of attention.

DH on the other hand will have the big screen on at work watching it like a hawk, hanging on every word/comment that is made.

He is an Australian, living in Australia but completely obsessed with the US Election (he recorded every debate and sat down and watched them from beginning to end).

I am hoping that Obama gets his second term, as I like him but also because Romney and some of the stuff his party has said scares me.

Edited by jupiter123, 07 November 2012 - 10:36 AM.


#4 Comrade Borgia

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:38 AM

I like your optimism la di dah!

We have friends living in Ohio...Cincinnati ....(she's American he's an Aussie...)... She posted a picture of her two girls in a Romney campaign bus...wtf? Have always suspected her of being a closet republican.....

Anyway CNN's early predictions for Ohio look good for Obama....

#5 Percoriel

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:40 AM

I hope la di dah is right though the indications I'm seeing from CNN is that Romney is going to win.

#6 follies

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:42 AM

I think the American election does affect Australia, look at the Iraq war. Romney is terrible when it comes to foreign policy and is kind of scary.

Also Anderson Cooper is very sexy, I think it is the fact that he is completely unattainable if you know what I mean.

#7 A Tiny Hedgehog

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:44 AM

Nate Silver's a statistician with the best record for election and ballot predictions based on polls, and he's got Obama at a 91% chance to win.

The current electoral count is in Romney's favour because the counted states are Kentucky, Georgia, Indiana and South Carolina, all deep red, compared to Vermont for Obama. The big states and swing states haven't been counted yet.

It'd be like calling the election for the Liberals because we counted Western Sydney and Northern Western Australia. Give it time.

#8 Feraldadathome

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:44 AM

Avidly. Allthough at work, I have the "live' feed from EB's owners open.....

To many, it must still appear incomprensible that the outcome is so close, given that Romney is even far more slippery than Tony Abbott, but the system polarises voters and Obama is punished for not resp0onding well enough to the recession the previous GOP president created, even though the GOP blocked many of Obama's prposes responses measures.....

Anyway, the US is progressively disappearing up its own backside in terms of its global position, and increasingly doesn't care about its residents.

#9 A Tiny Hedgehog

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:46 AM

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/ is Silver's blog if anyone's interested.

#10 weepingangel

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:46 AM

Going by our US relatives and friends opinion, Obama is not a shoe in.

I thought he was well liked, maybe he is, just not by the people i talk too  ph34r.gif

#11 Percoriel

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:46 AM

QUOTE (A Tiny Hedgehog @ 07/11/2012, 01:44 PM)
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Nate Silver's a statistician with the best record for election and ballot predictions based on polls, and he's got Obama at a 91% chance to win.

The current electoral count is in Romney's favour because the counted states are Kentucky, Georgia, Indiana and South Carolina, all deep red, compared to Vermont for Obama. The big states and swing states haven't been counted yet.

It'd be like calling the election for the Liberals because we counted Western Sydney and Northern Western Australia. Give it time.


That is what I was hoping! Am a bit pessimistic today.

#12 dogsneaker

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:46 AM

Watching/listening to PBS Newshour since the wee hours this morning. Not sure why? I'm not American.
Interested to see how Virginia and Florida go.

Romney's win in Kentucky was expected. Likewise Vermont for Obama...

Staying tuned.



#13 A Tiny Hedgehog

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:53 AM

QUOTE (pukeko~ponga~tree @ 07/11/2012, 11:46 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Going by our US relatives and friends opinion, Obama is not a shoe in.

I thought he was well liked, maybe he is, just not by the people i talk too  ph34r.gif

The right-wing media in America exists in some sort of cotton-candy faerieland where numbers and statistics don't matter. Romney's got an uphill battle.

#14 nano-tyrannus

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:53 AM

I think Romney style:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTCRwi71_ns

is far more entertaining than Obama style:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xwh8kWuire8

#15 Gudrun

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:57 AM

Yeah I'm watching too. And hoping for an Obama win.

#16 Dylan's Mummy

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:00 AM

They are very passionate about their politics in America. It is ingrained in them from childhood. I was in holiday in America years ago during the election campaign and even the McDonald Happy Meal toys were politically based. They had little stuffed toys that represented each party and there was information on the back of the toy packet about the party. I got a donkey but I can't remember what party it stood for.

#17 A Tiny Hedgehog

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:02 AM

If it was a donkey, it was the Democratic Party.

Donkey - Democrat
Elephant - Republican

I think some of the third parties have animal emblems as well. IIRC the Libertarians have a penguin?

#18 Chelli

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:02 AM

Also watching and hoping that Obama stays on as President.

#19 Fanny McPhail

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:07 AM

I know its early days but this State by State results page from the BBC's website is making me nervous.

Patience isn't a strength I possess.

Edited by Fanny McPhail, 07 November 2012 - 11:12 AM.


#20 HeroOfCanton

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:18 AM

Is it weird that I feel quite sick at the thought of Romney as President?
I'm watching the ABC News24 Coverage - but it makes me anxious!

#21 silk

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:18 AM

Just another link to live numbers: NPR

#22 Bunsen the feral

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:19 AM

I'm following Huffington Post online. If DS decides to have a sleep I'll catch a bit of tv coverage but at the moment Cars is all I'm allowed to watch and I'm fairly sure who's going to win in that race...

#23 71Cath

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:22 AM

QUOTE (A Tiny Hedgehog @ 07/11/2012, 12:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If it was a donkey, it was the Democratic Party.

Donkey - Democrat
Elephant - Republican

I think some of the third parties have animal emblems as well. IIRC the Libertarians have a penguin?


Does anyone know the history behind the animal symbols?  And why ALP/Libs don't do it too????


#24 Fanny McPhail

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:24 AM

QUOTE (71Cath @ 07/11/2012, 12:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Does anyone know the history behind the animal symbols?  And why ALP/Libs don't do it too????



I'm sure there is a joke here about horses arses.

#25 Percoriel

Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:25 AM

Ask google and he shall receive http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0881985.html






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