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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Report from the Comet

posted by on November 4 at 16:47 PM


People are already drinking at the Comet on Pike Street, where two big-screen TVs are showing election results to a sparse crowd of about a dozen guys (and one woman).

The SECB talked to a guy named Owen who had just voted for the second time in his life. Although Owen wouldn’t give the SECB his last name or exact age, he was friendly enough, telling us he’d be “drinking until Obama wins.” With beer selling for a dollar, the Comet may be the cheapest place in the city to do that. Owen said he had trouble deciding on a couple of measures, including the $173 million parks levy. “That was a tough one,” he said. (Ultimately, he voted against it.)

The subdued atmosphere at the Comet was broken when some early returns started pouring in from the East Coast, causing the crowd to erupt into cheers (when states seemed to be going for Obama) and boos (when McCain was ahead.)

“If McCain and Palin win, I’m selling my US citizenship on EBay,” said Owen, who worries that Americans are too racist to vote for a black President. “There’s a lot of stupid rednecks left to vote.”

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