The 2010 U.S. Election forum is now the Elections forum. This forum is subject to the following rules:
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I’m delighted to see this forum open! The only change I would recommend is a later sunset date (e.g. 12/31/10), for two reasons:
Election post-mortems, which can often last more than a couple of weeks; and
the increasingly more common phenomenon of Congressional elections’ taking more than a fortnight to resolve.
While Al Franken’s 2008 Senate victory last year is the prime example of this, even that year the Alaska Senate race took until November 18 to resolve, and the Georgia runoff settling that state’s Senate election was on December 2. And in 2006, the FL-13 House race between Vern Buchanan and Christine Jennings didn’t get settled until sometime in 2007, and only by Jennings’ concession, IIRC.
This is amazing, thank you SDMB! I for one will be spending a lot more time around here.
I concur that some thought should be put into where this all goes after November, the idea of a broader political forum is a good one I think. But we have time to figure that out, and I’m just gonna enjoy this puppy in the moment.
I would suggest that everyone label threads the way they do at Daily Kos, by starting with the election in question. “KY-SEN: Is Rand Paul crazy?”. “KY-05: Hal Rogers needs to retire already”. That sort of thing.
Wow Cecil, you scared me for a moment. I thought that the teabaggers pushed Obama into not only resigning, but passing a new election amendment…and that THIS was the first I was hearing about it (I’ve been out of the loop since before Memorial Day).
Well, gee, when I suggested a news and events forum people treated me like an insolent child for even suggesting such a thing. This isn’t an aggregator! they screamed. And here we are with a completely redundant (according to that thread) and unnecessary forum for one kind of “news and events” that is admittedly impossible to disentangle from other news and events and is exactly what about 10000 political aggregators do.
Scheduled sunset is 15 November, according to the OP.
As to whether or not it was a success, I’d have to say an unqualified “aye” from this Doper. I thought it worked exactly like we all wanted: it was cool having a place to talk about election stuff without cluttering up Great Debates.