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Avalanche on Bullshit Mountain

Election by Tweet

by MICHAEL DONNELLY

Here’s a compilation of some of the comments – pithy, insightful, silly and bizarre that I’ve seen flicker across the screen, was told in person or on the phone the last couple days. They are from local friends, me…as well as, from national figures:

“Obama ain’t great. But Romney losing is.” — Nathaniel St. Clair

“Obama inherited a huge mess from Obama.” —Ted Rall

“Obama has better IT people than Rove.  Did you see how smug Hillary and Obama were over the Iranian centrifuge virus? either that or a whole lot of chickens have given up the dream of becoming Colonel Sanders.” — Steve Spahr

“Almost makes me proud to be an American.” — Sage Waits

“I’m moving to Australia, because their president is a Christian and actually supports what he says.” — Kristen Neel, in a widely forwarded Tweet. Australia’s Prime Minister is an Atheist woman.

“Goodluk (sic) America u just voted for economic & spiritual suicide. Soulless fools.” — Ted Nugent (“If Barack Obama becomes president in November, again, I will be either dead or in jail by this time next year.” —Ted Nugent, April 2012)

“Can’t say he’s too far off there.” — Cecilia Story, upon reading Uncle Ted’s quote

“Last night, there was an avalanche on Bullshit Mountain.” — Jon Stewart, commenting on Karl Rove, Sarah Palin and Bill O’Liely’s fits of denial and astonishment on Fox News

“He was shell-shocked.” — unnamed Romney advisor; “Romney had an eight-minute fireworks-over-Boston Harbor display all set up. He was so sure, one of his own aides said he was ‘shell-shocked.’” — Steve Spahr; “Yeah, he didn’t even have a concession speech written he was so sure Rove had programmed the machines correctly. Speaking of shell-shock, did you see Rove in total denial on Fox? He was the GOP’s Baghdad Bob.” — Michael Donnelly, (stealing the Baghdad Bob moniker from his brother Patrick.)

“It’s not a traditional America anymore. And there are fifty percent of the voting public who want stuff…people feel they are entitled to things.” — Bill O’Liely on Fox.

“I want to warn America: God is coming around. He will judge sin, and it won’t be pretty.” Evangelist Franklin Graham

“Old white guys need to face the facts. The baby is a gift from god.” — Michael Donnelly

“In any logical universe (Rove) would never be hired to run or consult on a national campaign again and no one would give a dime to their ineffective Super PACs, such as American Crossroads.” — Conservative activist Richard Viguerie

“The electoral college is a disaster for democracy.” — Donald Trump

“More votes equals a loss…revolution.” — Donald Trump, who seems to have mistaken 2012 for 2000.

“They’re all lucky they’re not working in China now.” — Charles P. Pierce, reporting on how Romney staffers had their campaign credit cards canceled on Election night.

“The old vulture capitalist reverted to form, er, pivoted. And, to think he claimed to be on the people’s side. How many Romney staffers who would have had us believe that dancing horseshit are whining ‘motherfucker’ right now? — Michael Donnelly, upon hearing of the credit card cancellation.

“You know your party is in trouble when people ask ‘did the rape guy win,’ and you have to ask which one?” — Alec Baldwin.

And, sweetly, the same “yes” answer applies to all seven of them.

MICHAEL DONNELLY spent Election Day hiking cross-country to alpine lakes with a friend on the Cascade Crest (having voted by mail like all Oregonians). He can be reached at pahtoo@aol.com