Serving Bel Air, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills. Brentwood, Laurel Canyon, Los Feliz, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Melrose, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Topanga, Canyon, Westwood & Hollywood Hills.

Name

E-mail

facebook Canyon News twitter Canyon News

Canyon News

Bel Air News

Beverly Hills News

Brentwood News

Hollywood Hills News

Laurel Canyon News

Los Angeles News

Los Feliz News

Malibu News

Melrose News

Pacific Palisades News

Santa Monica News

Sherman Oaks News

Studio City News

Topanga Canyon News

West Hollywood News

Westwood News

Woodland Hills

Celebrity News

State News

National News

World Headlines

Deaf News

Entertainment

Film

Television

Music

On the Industry

Star Gazing

St. John's Confidential File

Theatrical Musings

Life & Style

Event Listings

Tech Talk

Looking Good For Lots Less

Spirit & Creativity

Miller Time

Books

View from the Hill

NY WEST

Chrystal's Recipe Corner

Career and Life Coaching

Gardening With Tony

Life According To Lenson

Real Estate Realities

Food

Sports

Marathon Running

Keeping It Bruin: A Look Into UCLA Athletics

Baseball

Basketball

Football

Hockey

Pets

Vi's Corner

Pet Tips

Point of View

John Armor

Message to America

Critic At Large... Ruta Lee

Labor Week

Ramblings

10 Degrees Cooler

McConnors corner

Edge of the west

The Physics Wizard

Auto

Kyle's Kars

Travel

Susan Michelle's Compass

Advice

Ask Deanna

Dear Lily

Ask Oona

Features

Dancing with Earthquakes

Archives

Sports Schedules

Traveling Beyond the Canyon

Edge of the West

Law Man

Ask Us

Nathan Tabor

The Angry Economist

Truth Probe

As I See It

Columnists

Truth Conquers

The Live Wire

Notes from Exile

Letters to the Editor

Dog Training by Anthony

Canyon Mews

Speak!

Sponsors

America's Most Wanted Dogs

World Recipes

Vegetarian Lifestyle

Humor

News Briefs

Local News

Books

News

Canyon Fodder

Bad Movie Night

Critical Projection

Ed's on the Town

Fitness Quests

Flashback Films

Stories of the Strange

Gourmet Grandma

He Said/She Said

Home Matters with Yvonne

L.A. Etch-a-Sketch

L.A. Ruminations

McConnor's Corner

Mommy Minute

Musically Speaking

My Back Pages

Publisher's Pages

ResourceINK

Scene and Heard in L.A.

Silly...But Wise!

Sunset Diaries

Table Options

The Paws Cause

TV Stuff

Cartoon of the Week



Edge of the west

Earth To Joe, Dispatches From Election Day
Posted by Ron Scott Smith on Nov 9, 2008 - 2:54:26 PM

Earth to Joe,  hello.  Notes from election day.

9 a.m.:     I knew it the minute I walked out to my car early Tuesday morning and encountered two very beautiful and very elderly Latinas, dressed to the nines, long formal dresses, fancy hats, full makeup, the whole shebang and then the finishing touch the “I voted” sticker in red, white and blue regalia stuck proudly to their lapels. This is a done deal is what I’m thinking right about here. Buenos dias America.

10 a.m.:   Done deal alright. I drive down to the polling place at Virginia Park but have to make a U-turn, vowing to come back later, because that line stretches all the way across the parking lot into the street unheard of in these parts.

11 a.m.:   Stop in for a cup of coffee at the Unurban on Pico and there’s something in the air besides the aroma of the daily roast. Nobody says a word but it’s as if everybody’s winking at everybody or something.

12 noon:  Sean Hannity’s right-radio hate show signs on with a new intro: “Conservatives in exile.  Welcome to your home of the conservative underground.” So before a single vote is counted, Hannity has purged himself into exile, as well he might, knowing full well that payback is hell after years of unabashed hatefulness that has helped steer this country to the brink of a second civil war.

1 p.m.:  Back to Virginia Park and no, Virginia, the line has not died down, in fact is longer. It feels like nothing so much as a sort of tailgate party over here, people festive, exuberant, anxious for the big game to start.

2 p.m.:  Finally I am handed my ballot and make it to the voting booth where I will try to fight through “The Bradley Effect.”  That’s what they call what happened to African American mayor Tom Bradley, who was way ahead in polling for the gubernatorial election in 1982 but then inexplicably lost when hordes of white guys who said they were voting for him in tracking polls did just the opposite in the privacy of the voting booth.

3 p.m.:  Karl Rove, evil genius behind the Bush phenomenon, predicts on Fox News an Obama landslide, and Britt Hume’s face looks like it’s about to drop off his head.

4 p.m.:     How about “The Reverse Bradley Effect”? That would be right wingers spouting their anti-Obama rhetoric until they step into the gravitas of the voting booth where reality sets in at the tip of their stylus, and they punch in Obama’s name not ever daring to tell a single soul. See, the polls are now closed in Indiana, always first to go red in these things, deep red, and exit polling shows the Democrat giving the Republican all he can handle. Unheard of.

5 p.m.:     The polls close in my home state of Pennsylvania, the one they all said would be the key to the election, and before they can even get the county-by-county graphics on screen, the anchormen on all the networks declare the state for Obama, and I’m thinking like the state motto says, and all of America now knows: “You’ve got a friend in Pennsylvania.”

6 p.m.:  The crowd is growing at Chicago’s Grant Park for the presumptive Obama celebration, and this is the same Grant Park that was the staging area for the barb-wire laced jeeps the cops would use to quell the riots in the streets at the 1968 Democratic Convention.  You’ve come a long way baby. This scene tonight is dripping with good will, peace, and love and they estimate up to a million citizens will be drawn to Grant Park tonight.

7 p.m.:  That fancy color-coded electoral map they all use is turning from red to blue so fast it’s not even passing through purple. “Ohio, Oh why oh?” Words I wrote to start my post-tragic 2004 election column right here in this paper. You remember, that election where the presidency goes to John Kerry if Ohio comes in, but where there were so many voting irregularities that the whole bunch of them governing the state were soon thereafter booted out?  Well, different year, different story. Ohio? Oh my oh. Britt Hume has just placed Ohio officially in the Obama column, barring unforeseen shenanigans.  And they’re falling now one after the other in rapid splendor following the lead of Ohio who just couldn’t keep its thumb in the dike any longer. Here they come now: Virginia, New Mexico, Iowa, even North Carolina in the heart of Dixie! All red states turning blue, or as Jack Buck once said of a certain Kirk Gibson home run: “I don’t believe what I just saw with my own two eyes.”

8 p.m.:  8:08 to be precise. “NBC News is now able to declare Barrack Obama as the next president of the United Sates.”

Joe the Plumber just got his roto rooted.

Sara the Hockey Mom just got body-checked right on back up North to Alaska.

Rush the Limp Ball just got his wealth spread.

And Barrack the Organizer just got a whole lot bigger of a community to organize.

10 p.m.: The man speaks to the throngs and you know how that one goes. Let me steal his ending on this dia muy hermoso:

God bless America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Cliffside Malibu

-------------------------

-------------------------

 

Serving Bel Air, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills. Brentwood, Laurel Canyon, Los Feliz, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Melrose, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Topanga, Canyon, Westwood & Hollywood Hills.