WHEN MIDTERM ELECTION NIGHT IS SCARIER THAN HALLOWEEN!
What a day...what a night...what an election, yesterday!
My very first foray into 'political activism' culminated in an abysmal loss for TEA PARTY-endorsed candidates in Connecticut, but not elsewhere. Nationally, we had A BIG WIN! So all-in-all it was a terrific day!
From Day 1, we knew that Connecticut would be a 'tough nutmeg to crack'. Considering how 'miserably marginal' many of the Progressive-Lib Dems' 'wins' were, I'd say we've made major progress nationally even in uber-liberal areas, so it's all good!
Poor President Obama, tail between his legs, tried to 'reach out' as he hasn't before. The guy looks relieved, truth to tell, like someone who is almost glad that he can acknowledge he's 'in over his head'.
And no doubt, our President is surrounded by synchophants who are ALSO IN OVER THEIR heads--like the Election officials in Bridgeport, Connecticut!
Hard as it is to believe, these people failed to have a sufficient number of ballots for registered voters yesterday! Surely, these incompetents leave the following questions to be answered:
Why were so few ballots ordered, as claimed?
Who came up with the original 'order number' and how did they come up with it?
Were so few ballots actually ordered or is that just the claim?
If the full amount of ballots were ordered, was the surplus hidden or stored and if so, where...or were they destroyed?
Were so few ballots DELIBERATELY ordered so as to create an irregularity at Bridgeport voting places?
Were any of the 'photocopied emergency ballots' pre-marked and if so, by whom and when and where?
Who are those responsible for the dearth of ballots? What are their political affiliations? Who are they working for?
When was the ballot-shortage discovered? Was it acted upon promptly?
Obviously this is not a comprehensive list of questions, but perhaps Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch will step up to the plate and initiate a thorough and ethical investigation.
Yesterday was interesting in Stamford, too. For the first time ever, I served as a 'Runner' at a local polling place. A 'Runner' is legally designated to 'collect data from a polling place'.
My little BlackBerry in hand, I essentially entered voter numbers all day long. I found many discrepancies, inconsistencies and inaccuracies, which I cannot discuss here.
It is any one's guess what these discrepancies, inaccuracies and inconsistencies mean, but better brains than my own will be looking into all of them.
I'm 'good' with bulk data because I enjoy handling it. And I enjoy the 'pressure to perform' for a good cause. Still, my responsibility was only to cross names off a list of registered voters. But little did I know that my 'exercise' was destined to turn into much more.
Within two hours of the beginning of my data collection, the 'BIG BOOK LADY' balked at the Moderator asking her to 'check things' at my request regarding the 'discrepancies, inaccuracies and inconsistencies' I refer to above.
After a lengthy discussion, I was told that it was 'no one's province' to provide any clarification of the input data they were obliged by law to provide to 'us', or to 'me in particular', as an official 'runner'.
I don't know if that's true, but it was 'slow' at the time and it would have been a simple matter to look up a few more numbers and names for me so that my records could be reconciled...and so I would 'shut up'.
In no uncertain terms, the 'BIG BOOK LADY' let me know that I was annoying her.
Yep, the 'BIG BOOK LADY' and her cohorts were clearly not going to be bothered, whereupon two hours into my endeavor, I simply declared, "OKAY, I'll collect my slips, enter what I can and in the case of more than one voter for a number, enter the FIRST-alphabetically-by default-and let it all be examined afterwards."
And that's precisely what I did until 8:00 pm when the polls closed. A colleague of mine who monitored the situation first hand the entire time argued about 'it not doing any good after the fact' (to reconcile the data). How true, how true.
But as a 'Runner' and a 'political newbie', I decided to just collect my data like a good girl and let the waves roll as they may afterwards.
By the end of the day, the 'BIG BOOK LADY' and her cohorts wouldn't even talk to me. So much for our political officials being unbiased and non-partisan.
It would have been so easy to take a few moments to help reconcile some data, but no, there was no interest in doing that. In all fairness I have to say that the Moderator under whom I worked at my assigned polling place is a good guy. He did his best to accommodate me, at first, with understanding for the need to answer my questions.
But, alas, the Moderator, too, was subject to the vagaries of the 'BIG BOOK LADY' and I easily decided to not make the fellow's life any more difficult than it already was.
This is only politics, after all.
I'm sure you readers can appreciate the irony, then, that I was subjected to having just dealt with 'THE BIG BOOK LADY' and her cronies as I drove over to the Foley Event at the Greenwich Hyatt on election night. It was then that I got my first hint of the problems in Bridgeport with their apparent 'shortage of paper ballots' in a radio report.
As I drove along, I heard that many polling places in Bridgeport were going to stay open until 10:00 pm. I wondered 'how the heck this ballot shortage could happen?' but after what I'd witnessed first-hand here in Stamford, I really was not at all surprised about the Bridgeport situation.
Sure people deserve to vote. But any 'Registrar of Voters' who screws up THAT badly is suspect in my book. Lack of cooperation, partisanship and 'dislike' of others not like themselves is something I understand about election officials and accept it for what it is. But the Bridgeport situation is a whole different kettle of fish.
The TEA PARTY lost big in Connecticut, but nationally we kicked butt. Reports at this moment state that "Dannel Malloy is the winner in the CT Gubernatorial Race and a recount will not be necessary".
It's good to know that the Progressive-Lib Dems have such a superior knowledge about 'what will or will not need to be recounted', even before the final count is actually completed. Is this 'super-intelligent and legitimate data handling', 'wishful thinking' or 'something else'?
Do we have the right to ask such questions or will the 'Lady with the 'Big Book' once again ball her pudgy little hands into tight fists saying "ENOUGH! IT'S NOT MY JOB!". Will the CT Secretary of State tell us the WE ARE NOT ALLOWED A RECOUNT? Will the MALLOY CAMPAIGN stand in the way of one? Will we be told to GO AWAY?
Well, we're NOT going away. We HAVE taken over the house. Things WILL be different nationally and locally. We won BIG this election cycle and it WAS a referendum on President Obama and the Democrats. Best of all WE FIRED NANCY PELOSI! YAY!!!!!!!!
But Connecticut is Connecticut, after all, and that means it's 'Progressive-Lib-ville' and will stay so for a while it seems. But that's okay because 2012 is around the corner.
I hope Dannel Malloy enjoys his marginal 'win'...if it is a win at the end of the sure-to-come investigative process' and I hope the Progressive-Lib Dems are proud of themselves.
They did it! They rule the teeney 'Nutmeg Isle' and I suggest their first order of business after their gloating settles down be the installation of a 'TEA PARTY REPUBLICAN TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM'.
They'll need it starting immediately and especially for 2012. They'll never get it up in time with their organizational paradigm, but it will be interesting to watch them try. Sad for them that the Democrats are brutally DIVIDED in Connecticut as they are all over the U.S.A.
We all know that 'a house divided against itself will not stand'.
And if the MALLOY CAMP has any class at all, it will be DEMANDING A RECOUNT themselves, though I won't hold my breath for that likely non-eventuality.
Maybe I'm naive, but I would want to know that the candidate I supported won 'fair and square'. 'What say you, Malloy supporters?'
Anyway, yesterday provided me with a great costume idea for Halloween. Next year I'll have a new costume that is destined to scare adults and kids alike when I dress up as 'THE BIG BOOK LADY'!
My white knuckled fists clenched in defiance, I will scare the DICKENS out of young and old alike!
Aaarrrrgggggghhhhh! HERE SHE COMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
All joking aside,
I pray that God will Bless All our duly Elected Officials, our Candidates, their teams, the electorate and the constituency. In short-
GOD BLESS AMERICA
Reverend Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"