by Doctor Science
I'm back, eating french fries and a bacon cheddar cheeseburger (hey! I put heirloom tomato and lettuce on it, that totally counts as a salad) while drinking Young's Double Chocolate Stout as I check for results in the NJ Senate race.
It was a very good day in pollworker land, which means turnout was higher than expected. We get paid just the same if turnout is heavy or light, but (in my experience) pollworkers are happiest when there are lots of voters. We were expecting maybe 20% turnout -- I mean, a *Wednesday*. Only one race on the ballot. Booker strongly favored to win. We had resigned ourselves to a really slow day with long stretches of crushing boredom.
But in the event we were steadily busy all day, with a turnout of I guess 30%, maybe more. Aside from the fact that the weather was *perfect*, warm and dry, I suspect that the higher-than-predicted turnout was due to the shenanigans in Congress the last 2 weeks, which may have focused voters' minds on the differences between the parties and the need to have someone in Washington who will truly do the job you want, whichever one that is.
Eyeballing the results for my precinct, I see that it went for Obama 2:1 last year and was running almost 3:1 for Booker this year, so my crystal ball says Booker will win statewide. ... and there's Lonegan conceding. See you back at the polls in three weeks, New Jersey.
Speaking of idiots, I see the ball is back in the House's court if we're to avoid financial meltdown tomorrow. I will not relax until the orange guy sings, because I do not trust the House GOP to not snatch armageddon from the jaws of defeat.
ETA: OK, now I can fall into a well-earned stupor. I really, really hope Congress can do something to make sure this never ever happens again, or so help me I will turn this Constitution around.