What comes after election season?  Recount and runoff season, where losing candidates consume some powerful hallucinogen that causes them to forget all that they ever knew about math and demand a do-over.  If you have ever watched an analyst cover a tight race on election night, the math starts looking real grim at 99% of precincts reporting.  At 100% reporting, the odds are almost non-existent.  This is because of the number of votes needed to make up the deficit are astronomical because the the slim margin.  Poring through a pile of absentee ballots in the hope that you will find your few remaining voters is noble, but usually fruitless because they are evenly distributed throughout the district and not concentrated in your favored precincts.

Three races in Georgia, two of which I voted in (GA-6 and Governor), are still being contested.  Only one, GA-7 at a ~900 vote deficit, has any real shot at finding sufficient votes and even that is a stretch.  In my district of GA-6 there is a ~3000 vote deficit and for Governor, there is a 70,000 deficit and is not even within the margin to trigger a runoff.  I predict that none of these change and that the results will be largely what they are today.

I support any candidate that is entitled to a recount or runoff to receive it per the laws and regulations of the state.  They are not sour grapes or assholes.  I just don’t see much use for them in the days when almost all votes are transmitted electronically.  Unless we are talking about a mere dozens or hundreds deficit or an all manual ballot race, manually re-counted ballots will ultimately not make a difference.  None of the races in GA apply.

Let’s play songs about do-overs and second chances.

Here is your playlist:

Zurvan – Second Chances

WVR – PILLOWTALK

CMNZ – Breakin’ Up Is Hard To Do

Thrill – Cecilia

*** ETA: Ok, this post was a moving target.  Karen Handel has conceded GA-6 to Lucy McBath.  Brian Kemp’s lead over Stacey Abrams is reduced to 63000, but Abrams is still over 25,000 short of forcing a runoff. Kemp has declared himself the winner, but votes are still being counted.  It should still fall short of a runoff, IMHO.  No one is talking about GA-7 and I am too lazy busy to look it up.

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Santino

21 Pilots – Tear In My Heart – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nky4me4NP70

Jackson 5 – I Want You Back – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3Q80mk7bxE

N’Sync – I Want You Back – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYSArdS0uSg

George Michael – One More Try – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG5N3GC-m20

Ah, man. The November melancholy (which usually strikes on November 1st when I realize that my favorite time of year is over) hit hard yesterday. I’m all about second chances and starting over this week.

What the Hell Have I? by Alice in Chains – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKXIk45pL0o

Do I Wanna Know by The Arctic Monkeys – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpOSxM0rNPM

Past Is Dead by Bad Religion – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F60i3JmLdE

I’ll Begin Again by Dropkick Murphys – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqbRW4yjw0g

Open Arms by Journey – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhaZoomfnlE

Santino

Open Arms by Journey – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhaZoomfnlE

Thanks for that, love the song!

silly love songs

For pfluffy – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh15LOppcWQ

I’m in a full-blown funk. Some personal issues are starting to pile up and I can only just gaze on as life happens to me.

Yes. Beautifully stated.

Anytime you want to talk and commiserate, I’m there. Consider it an open-ended invitation for the season.

I’m about 8/10ths of the way into a hole and all I can do is sit in it.

High and Dry by Radiohead – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qFfFVSerQo

Delurked

I confess that I often have a hard time thinking of songs that fit the theme, and this week makes it two weeks in a row. So, instead of second chances, I’m going with the theme of taking your shot today, because tomorrow is not promised to anyone.

Shooting Star — Last Chance

Delurked

Hey, let’s make that an alternative theme!

As fate would have it, I did think of a song on my commute home Friday, which does fit the (original) theme.

The Yardbird — Heart Full of Soul

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