It’s over (I hope)

November 7, 2008 at 3:51 pm (Politics) (, , )

Well, the election was Tuesday.  Obama won (cue cheering from a lot of people).  McCain lost (cue tears from a lot of people).  The Democrats didn’t get enough seats in the Senate to be bulletproof, but with a President firmly on their side it’ll only mean they can’t totally override filibusters… I’d be a lot happier if we had at least two parties in control, but I’ll take it.

However, there is one thing that pissed me off during the election coverage.  At 8:00, CST, the WI polls closed.

By 8:05, CBS, CNN, and others were all declaring Wisconsin a win for Obama, with 70-80% of the votes.

Without a single district’s results.  They based it purely off the results of the exit polls.

For those paying attention, his actual margin was more like 51-48.  Ladies and gentlemen, can we please agree that exit polls are virtually meaningless?

Or, at the very least, PLEASE stop reporting their results as gospel until after the polls close?  Because reporting like this influences the results of the election.  People in California (and other states) hear the results from Georgia, and decide whether or not they should bother going to the polls on the basis of the east coast results.  Alaska and Hawaii have it even worse.

The press should be able to report the results, yes.  But they should have to report actual results, and they shouldn’t be reporting them while any of the polls are open.  I’m a firm believer in the freedom of the press – but I also believe they’ve got some responsibility for that freedom.

At any rate, it’s over with.  Now that the election is through, we can get into what I actually wanted to do with this blog from the start – more on issues, less on people.  So, anything that anybody wants to see discussed?  I’m leaning towards gay marriage, myself (considering Prop. 8), but I’m up for suggestions.

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