Northwest of Marshfield in the village of Spencer, population 1,941, voters ventured to the municipal building where they marked ballots while sitting at a table or standing in booths made by a local carpenter.The key phrase here is "made by a local carpenter", because of course they were.
So I have some Wisconsin cheese curds from Trader Joe's, and some Turkish apricots to go with -- pace Paul Rhode, but the Turkish ones are better than the Californian -- and a tumbler-full of Korbel brandy, waiting for the election results to trickle through our dysfunctional media. The McCain watch party in Madison is at the Nitty Gritty, God help us all, a bar where, when people received birthday shots, they would play the most godforsaken version of "Happy Birthday" ever recorded, just different enough to avoid copyright issues. (One set of verses was backwards: Yadhtrib Yppah, Yadhtrib Yppah, natas teews ym no kcor. It used to drive my friend Stein up the wall; she unfortunately lived next door, and they'd play it several times a night.)
The Obama watch party in Madison is at the Great Dane, an actual brewpub off the Capitol Square, not too far from the Majestic Theater where I saw Rocky Horror. The old Majestic was rumored to have an interesting employment policy which I will not go into. I don't know where the Clinton watch party will be, but I'm sure Tammy Baldwin will be there. Ben Masel, the hemp activist and former Republican candidate for Dane County sheriff, will probably be live-blogging the returns on Daily Kos, which is just weird to me all the away around. In person, you wonder about the paraquat-motormouth connection, but online, he's pretty lucid.
There have been some leaked exit poll data, but I wonder about the older mom demographic. Stranded by weather, Clinton did manage to give a speech up near Green Bay in De Pere at St. Norbert's College, where my own mom taught on occasion -- I forget whether it was ASL or financial planning; might have been both. And my old allergist Congressman Kagen has pledged to go with the results of the district. It's supposed to be wonderfully cold, which means turnout should be good. It's virtuous.
Recently I was asked if I ever planned on moving back to Wisconsin. I replied with absolute candor, because the conversation deserved absolute candor. But it's still my home, and they're still my people. I get homesick sometimes.