Here’s your Open Thread for the day. Let’s get out there and do this peeps! Use this thread for all your election discussion and tell us about your voting experience today!

The Romney campaign has released this 5-minute ad, in which Romney says this is not a campaign about him, or liberal versus conservative, it’s a campaign about where we decide “what we are as a country.” That’s exactly it. No excuses this time. No blank slate “Chicago Jesus.” No GOP candidate who really doesn’t want to win. We have all the information, all the elements. Now, as President Reagan would note, it’s our Time for Choosing.

Vote, inspire, stay focused, be a Happy Warrior and God Bless Us Everyone!

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  1. ShArKy666 says:

    voted this morning, it felt REALLY good, the lines were long, GOOD LUCK TAMS!!

  2. Alain41 says:

    The last 4 years to this election Day were longer than high school or college years to graduation day. We Made It. Can’t wait to vote this evening.

  3. Wooohooo!! I voted back in October, so now I will sit back with my honey and drink good wine and hopefully be celebrating the end of an era!! Hopefully it will be the correct era ending;)

  4. Foreverautumn says:

    I just voted here in Tucson, just before noon. There’s a little bit of a line, but not much of one. Oh, MAN I hope we can kick Dear Leader out, and get closer to a Tea Party congress!

  5. MaryVal says:

    Voted 15 minutes ago, woooohoooo! That was more of a thrill than I expected it to be. I telecommute, work from home, I can see my local polling station from the front windows of my house (a local church). There are LOTS of cars over there, steady stream of people coming and going all morning long. If that’s any indication, it’s going to be a big turnout. Go Mitt Go! Praying for America and a Romney win.

  6. otlset says:

    I voted for REVENGE (for the past 4 years)!

  7. midget says:

    It is a beautiful sunny day. Happy to drive to the polls despite living in a Big Bird Blue State-(New York).Went to hair salon first and wasnt upset that she cut it too short because I’m so happy to vote today.Even when my neighbor put his large trash can in front of my Romney sign, I wasnt dismayed because I have such high hopes for victory.Getting my ballot, I was so nervous because this vote counts so much more than all the votes I’ve cast since I was 18….God Bless Tammy for all her hard work and for encouraging all the Tams and God Bless all her helpers…

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  9. Voted and saw many voters in my small town of 3500 or so, think they are scared that their pride and joy Warren will lose!

  10. Paul says:

    I mailed my vote in from California for Virginia last week!!! I am truly worried about this!!! Our nation as we know it can be gone in a matter of hours!!!! I am keeping the faith and thank you Tammy for lifting my spirits!!! I’m just shocked on how many of my friends who were Ron Paul supporters are voting for Gary Johnson!!!! What a waste of vote!!!!

  11. fuego con fuego says:

    Voted early this morning before work. No sign of the UN or Black Panthers at my polling site. But there was a funny Frenchman in a trenchcoat, so maybe a Pink Panther was lurking about.

  12. TheGreenHornet says:

    I voted this morning around 7:30 AM EST. Last night I drove 150 miles to work, worked all night and then drove back 150 miles to my home, and stood in the rain for 20 minutes in line, after I found out that they moved my precinct. It was a pleasure to do it. Bigfoot could not have kept me away.-

  13. shellym says:

    I voted early this morning in west St. Louis suburb and the turnout was very heavy. Poll worker said that the parking lot was full by 5:30AM. It’s a conservative area — turnout reminded me of the 2010 midterms.

    Many signs for Akin around the area & only few for McCaskill, but not sure if that’s translating all over the state, especially nearer the KC area.

    It’s only been 2 years since Missourians rejected Obamacare by overwhelmingly passing a ballot measure prohibiting the fed’s enforcement of the individual mandate. Akin’s hopes for a victory rest on people remembering McCaskill’s vote to pass the monstrosity.

    -sm

  14. FrankRemley says:

    I stood in line for 45 minutes to vote today. Largest crowd I’ve ever seen at the polls. My heart says Romney but my gut keeps saying Urkel. I sincerely hope my gut is wrong. Afterwards I drove around my town and its outskirts for a couple hours (now that I’m unemplyed I have the time) counting yard signs. I ended up with 93 signs for Romney and only 9 for Urkel so the dark hills of Virginia are coming through if the number of yard signs are any indication.

  15. EllSee says:

    We voted about 8 a.m. PST at the elementary school. We parked behind a vehicle that had three Obama stickers on it, two of which were taped on the inside of the back window. I wanted to get out a tape measure to see if it was inside the “no electioneering zone.” How pathetic. There was no line when we arrived but a line after we checked in. I’m having trouble concentrating due to waiting for the results. I’ve been saying short prayers for a Romney win. I’m also wondering if California is ready for rehab or going to finish the job (suicide). Thank you, Tammy!

  16. midget says:

    Green Hornet- Its people like you that make America great.

  17. TAM seeking to serve at a local level: http://forrester4encinitas.com
    Wish me luck!
    Kevin

  18. Maynard says:

    Done. I’m not planning on watching news. It is what it is, and nobody knows anything yet. The media has airspace to fill, but they have nothing to say. The nation will go where it goes, and I’ll try to do the right thing under whatever circumstances I find myself in.

    One thing life has taught me is how little ability I have to see the future. Sometimes things roll along as expected, but I’m often surprised. Nothing to do but buckle up and try to enjoy the ride.

    Along those lines, there’s this old tale. I’m sure you’ve heard some variant of it. I think it’s worth repeating here.

    Once upon the time there was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.

    “Maybe,” the farmer replied.

    The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed.

    “Maybe,” replied the old man.

    The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.

    “Maybe,” answered the farmer.

    The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.

    “Maybe,” said the farmer.

    Whatever happens, that story will stay at the back of my mind.

  19. larrygeary says:

    First of all, FANTASTIC video. I hope people that need to see it see it.

    I voted this morning. Normally no one is in front of me. This time there was one person. So turnout was infinitely higher than normal.:-*

    But all kidding aside, I’ve never been so scared in my life. Everything depends on this election. A friend canceled my vote. It’s NJ so it won’t affect the outcome, but it still hurts. I don’t know what I’m doing living here now that my mother is gone. I don’t think I have much in common with the people here, but it’s the only place I know. I feel very powerless, lost, and alone. Being without electricity and heat for a week doesn’t help.

    I’m praying for Mitt, and for my country.

  20. tamcat says:

    I can’t help watch TV today. Hope there is not a lot of shenanigans at the polls.

  21. EllSee says:

    Have to wait until 7:30 p.m. PST for significant other to bring home Costco U-Bake pizza for election night celebration/wake!

  22. Maynard says:

    Realizing that I’m something of a nervous wreck, I just poured myself a serious drink. If this isn’t a moment for it, what is?

    I’m thinking of a pastor or rabbi or such, who admonished his people that it’s inappropriate to pray for a thing that has already been decided. To clarify by example: It’s fair to pray that the Lord keep your home safe from peril. But if you’re across town, and you see a plume of smoke coming from your neighborhood, it’s wrong to pray that it not be your house. Because, you see, whatever it is is already burning.

    This election is now essentially a done deal. There is simply nothing more to be done. We can’t act; neither can we pray.

    That’s why I’m drinking. No need for me to be sensible.

    I’m writing now for no purpose other than my own tenuous pursuit of sanity. I feel the alcohol seeping into my circulatory system, and making a beeline for my brain. If this is consequentially a stupid post, please forgive me.

    Another glass. I’m lubricated. I’m going to tell you my secrets now.

    In about 20 minutes, I’m going to take a walk. A mile or two to one of my favorite dining establishments. I’m going to go alone, and I’ve got a book with me. It’s an autobiographical tale, written in 1945, describing what it was like to grow up in the mining regions near Denver about 1900. This book, long out of print and very obscure, is “A Solo in Tom-Toms”, by Gene Fowler.

    Never mind how this book came on my radar. I’m always looking off the beaten path. Looking for discarded gems. Looking outside of the herd.

    I guess that’s why I’m a “conservative”; because I just can’t follow the herd. Hearing the beat of a distant drummer, as Richard Nixon once said. Or maybe it was Henry David Thoreau.

    I’m stupid. I admit it. I’m stupid and unworthy. But nevertheless…if I can’t follow my own path, what’s the point in being human?

    Anyway, after I’ve dined, I shall walk home. The long way home. I’m going to look upon places that haven’t been paved over. Even in the middle of this endless urban jungle, this is possible.

    Eventually, God willing, I will return home. And then I will look at what Tammy has tweeted in my absence. No, I won’t go to the news, I won’t go anywhere except to Tammy’s twitter feed. Tammy is all you need. That and dinner, and maybe a drink or three.

    Enough nonsense. Thank you for your indulgence. Thank you, Tammy, for the forum.

    For some odd reason (probably the booze, making me sentimental), I’m flashing back to the funeral of Richard M. Nixon. Everybody made speeches. But it was Bob Dole who I remember. Because the speeches were all the usual boilerplate, if you know what I mean. Henry Kissinger quoted Hamlet. “He was a man, take him for all in all,
    I shall not look upon his like again.” Yes, very appropriate. But where is the heart? Bob Dole, God bless him, said a few words, and concluded: “God bless Richard Nixon. God bless the United States of America.” The thing is, as he said those words, Dole quavered. He almost couldn’t finish. He was touched by the power, overwhelmed.

    Now I’m thinking of the Bible, of the tales of Exodus, of the people who pleaded that the Lord would withdraw to a distance, lest they die. We cannot look upon His face.

    Life is overwhelming. That’s all there is to it.

    In a few minutes, I’ll be walking. In pursuit of something.

    Don’t worry, I’ll get there okay. I always do.

    Alcohol in my veins. I can feel it.

    God bless us all, every one of us. We are troubled, we are unworthy. But I pray we are not totally unworthy.

    See you on the far side, my friends.

  23. tamcat says:

    I can’t believe what is going on. FOX wanting to call the race based on Ohio. Dead heat. Damn media.

  24. mrcannon says:

    I can’t believe it, either. This cannot be happening. However, it has happened, and I’m still getting up in the morning and going to work. I’m a TAM, dammit.

  25. dr4ensic says:

    My risk tolerance is beyond the ability to endure the assault we witnessed tonight. As an educated professional, it’s time to face the music and hunker down for self preservation. I am not a quitter and don’t say this lightly. It is now too energy depleting to keep fighting the ‘takers’ from the dwindling remnants of the rest of us ‘producers’. The takers have won and re-elected the One who is now the custodian of our demise….just like he planned. Palin quitting the fight was the first blow..this was the knockout punch. I have no confidence in Boener and his ilk taking it to the Preezy for the next “FORE”. It seems “The Twice” (formerly known as ‘The Once’) has had the last laugh and isn’t the “dumb bastard” after all. Now comes the Punishment Phase and he will delight in meting out unending helpings of ‘revenge’ to the electorate that dared vote against him. We will now witness a redistribution that defies human comprehension……….the ultimate Obama wet dream. I am a very positive person and by nature a fighter. There is nothing left. Romney stated in his concession speech that he “left it all on the field”. The rest of us left much more than that….we have no safety net or stash in the Cayman’s. Say hello to a second term of: 1) exponential amnesty aka George Soros open borders 2)2nd Amendment rights stripped by executive fiat 3) taxation into oblivion 4)loss of personal property rights 5)loss of innovation and American creativity 6) loss of controlling your own personal medical decisions 7) increase of black market activity to simply survive the coming wave of inflation that will dwarf anything previously experienced 8) continued job loss and hopelessness 9) loss of dignity for our parents and grandparents with diminishing life sustaining healthcare now rationed from a country that was formerly second to none 10) loss of retirement nest eggs that were built (yes we built it, scrimped and saved it) through sacrifice, sound financial decisions and hard work 11) property taxes that will force many to surrender property and assets that were the result of the American dream to the government redistribution machine 12) the reality of an impending mass disaster foisted upon us by a foreign entity that was escorted onto our shores by this administration that is NOT committed to protecting our citizens….the list is endless. There is no happy face to paint on this disaster. My apologies for the negative rant. I’m so low that playing handball with a gnat would be a challenge right now.

    • Maynard says:

      Yes, I hate to say it, but the same question enters my mind: If we can’t save the nation, what can we do to save ourselves? What you describe, those things will indeed come to pass, to varying degrees. I’m a city boy, gainfully employed…it would be pretty unnatural for me to flee to a bunker in the hinterland and do I-know-not-what. And I’m not sure how much good my bunker would do me. If the city is rationing medical service, it’s not like I’d have a doctor in the bunker. Galt’s Gulch would be nice, except you’ve got to find it or found it or something. Same for Mayberry, R.F.D. I’m stymied.

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