Slugger’s Daily Blogburst…

Kicking off with the US thing again, Green TD Ciaran Cuffe posted his New York ballot early in the election, but I doubt from what says he plumped for Nader. Luckily he only had two propositions. In California they had twelve (no wonder they had queues)…- P O’Neill spots a gap in Karl Rove’s useful little epithet on voting and voters:

Rove correctly identifies new voter mobilization as a key part of Obama’s voting bloc. It helps understand why there was so much yelling from the right about Acorn, since in a Rovian stroke of genius, Obama was taking the other side’s strongest tactic — voter suppression — and working against it.

– Gerard O’Neill sceptical of the Obama ‘change’ agenda:

I can buy the idea that a President can do enormous harm, evil even, I’m not so convinced about the converse. I think part of the great narrative fallacy that drives the United States is the idea that one individual as President can bring about extraordinary, positive change. We’ve been told the story so often by Hollywood (wasn’t Morgan Freeman the first black President?) that many of us believe it. But it isn’t true.

– When Gavin (almost) met Oprah “One guy actually bagged a TV interview while she was on her way to the bog”…

– Over at Organised Rage, Mick reckons the left should celebrate an Obama victory

– Suzy just as the dawn was rising yesterday…

– NI Tory blog argues that the Democrat’s 50 State strategy is what they are all about

– Indeed the Fabian Society has just released a report that says in Britain all parties are making rapid progress in drawing in and promoting political talent from ethnic minorities

– Malc has a rundown of five reasons why Obama won and five why McCain lost…

– Speaking of the Scottish angle on things, the normally loquacious and irrepressible Mr Skinner has not been heard of since his unfortunate encounter with a Whisky Festival in Glasgow at the weekend…

– And from the Bevan Foundation on the dearth of good ideas within the UK’s devolved parliamentary spaces…

An obsession with process at the expense of substance has masked this lack of ideas, yet the poor quality of proposed legislation is potentially much more damaging to devolution than any legislative system, convoluted or otherwise.

Hmmm, sound familiar? (BTW, when is our Legislative Assembly going to start passing their own laws? – ed)…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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