Fear & Loathing ’08


In which I cover the Obama apotheosis for the New Statesman

In October 2008, my trusty companion Scot and I flew to New York, hired a car and hit the road, so as to answer the vexed question: could the land of Bill O’Reilly really be about to elect a left-wing black man with the middle name ‘Hussein’?

Along the way we met Republicans and Rednecks for Obama, the punk rocker doing Joe the Plumber’s PR, and a heavily tattooed backwoodsman named Rusty who casually asked if I could get him a job. We also visited the Creation Museum in Kentucky – whose founder and CEO was later noted to have encouraged the internet to pray for my soul (apparently I’m ‘without excuse’).

And all the while, I scribbled frantically for the New Statesman, in my role as the magazine’s US election blogger. My posts are archived below.

The best…

  • Harassed or ignored? It’s all a matter of geography – on how the electoral college distorts campaign strategy (October 21st, 2008)
  • Betting on Pennsyvania – John McCain’s best shot at victory (October 28th, 2008)
  • Sweet, crazy people – a visit to a McCain-Palin campaign office in Ohio (October 30th, 2008)
  • Purple America – on racists in New York, Rednecks for Obama and the convenient fiction of the red-blue paradigm (November 4th, 2008)
  • Eve of the election – an Obama rally in North Carolina (November 4th, 2008)
  • Disappointment can wait – the election night scenes in Washington DC (November 5th, 2008)
  • Putting the fun in fundamentalism – a trip to Kentucky’s museum of creationism (November 6th, 2008)

The rest…


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