Skip to main content

So, this morning, I'm sitting on my couch in Chicago, reading the newspaper and watching Meet the Press.  Chuck Todd comes on, and he's going over the electoral college map, and he's talking about how the 2nd congressional district in Omaha, Nebraska is up for grabs for Obama.

For those of you who aren't aware, Nebraska and Maine are the only two states in the union that break up their electoral college votes by congressional district, instead of the winner-take-all approach of the other 48 states.  So, even if McCain wins Nebraska, Obama has a solid chance of winning one electoral college vote from the 2nd district in Omaha.

Now for those of you who aren't familiar with Nebraska, let me give you some tidbits about where I grew up.  Nebraska is very red state, and we're not just talking about "Husker football" red.  A Democrat hasn't won the Presidency in Nebraska since LBJ in 1964.  In the 2004 Presidential election, only three states, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming voted in a higher percentage for George W. Bush.

As I'm sitting there, I get a call from my mother in Omaha. And she's mad.  She tells me that last night somebody came and vandalized the Obama sign she and my father had placed in their yard.  She took a picture with her cell phone and sent it to me.

sign1

My mom is angry that someone came in her yard and destroyed her property.  She's outraged that some racist is calling Obama a terrorist.  She tells me that this is America.  And that people should be able to put whoever's sign they want in their yard and people should respect that.  She tells me she wouldn't want somebody vandalizing her neighbor's McCain sign.

Now, my dad is traditionally a centrist.  And he hates, hates having political signs in his yard.  But, this year he's so fed up with the way things have been going that he agreed put an Obama sign in his yard.  Trust me, if you knew my father, you would understand how big of deal this is.

The only thing that could make me happier than a big Obama win on Tuesday, would be a big Obama win on Tuesday that includes an electoral vote from Omaha.  But, just the fact that it's close there, and that McCain and Palin are having to spend time and money in the fourth most Republican state in America, makes me extremely proud of my home town.

Let's make history Omaha!  Go Big Red!

Originally posted to headzup on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 12:43 PM PST.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site