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Tracking the Electoral College vote

You can track the electoral college vote at WaPo. The voting starts momentarily at 10am.

Each state’s senators also gets a vote. That’s 438 electors for House of Representatives and 100 for each senator bringing the grand total to 538 votes.

Most of the contested states, including Pennsylvania, are scheduled to vote at 12pm.

How much you wanna bet we’re going to see some faithless electors? Raise your hand. 🖐🏻

You can listen to the vote progression at C-Span.

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  1. And then we are not done, though I had thought they were. The two chambers of Congress then have to certify the vote of the Electors, which happens on January 5. What a ridiculous system! And apparently about 127 Republican House members will not vote to certify. So we can see that we really aren’t that far from a situation where radical Republicans simply refuse to certify any election that a Democrat wins. This inevitably throws it to House delegations, which Republicans will always control more of, because there are many very unpopulated states that Republicans control. The only small plus here is that perhaps more people will understand how bad the electoral college system is. In 2016, there were four Electors in Washington, all Sanders people, who refused to vote for Hillary. Three voted for Colin Powell, he of the private email server,and one voted for a Native American activist. That will show Hillary! The whole system, perhaps interesting in 1791, is both ridiculous and dangerous now, but it lurches ahead toward the rocks.

  2. A note about the death of the famed British novelist David Cornwell, who wrote as John le Carre. It seemed as if he would go on indefinitely, writing novels, and caring about the world scene. Those who knew him speak very highly of him as a person, which is always nice to see. I well remember my parents and I avidly sharing his trio of amazing novels, “The Spy Who Came In From the Cold,” “A Looking-Glass War,” and “A Small Town in Germany.” They were riveting, for the complex and rewarding plots, and the themes of the human cost of the spy game. He wrote other excellent novels, too, and he wrote one last year. He despised Trump, and cared about the fate of the world, did not maintain a chilly distance from it. He is a profound loss, though of course his books will remain. If anyone wants a recommendation on his books, I would choose the three above, plus, “Tinker, Tailor, Solider Spy,” and the great British TV series of that novel; plus “Smiley’s People,” and “The Tailor of Panama.”

    • Have you read any of his books? I haven’t read one yet. I’m wondering what is considered his masterpiece and if you can jump straight into it.

      • I have read ten or so. Almost all of them are great. Now, the best ones may be from an earlier period of Cold War issues, but I think that they would still be very compelling. The masterpiece is “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold,” which was a new kind of spy-themed novel. As to which I would recommend to you, I would think that “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” would be very good, and then if you liked that, the sequel, “The Honorable Schoolboy.” Or, for a single novel, “The Tailor of Panama ” is quite good. They are complex, which you would appreciate.

        • Thanks, William! I will take recommendations from you and centaur on other authors as well. My audible credits renew on 12/26. Sometimes I treat myself to a few extra books.

          • Since this thread is up now, I will give you some fairly quick suggestions. Of course, I don’t really know your preferences, but I am sure that you like well-written novels with character depth,and then probably some lighter reading, too. And as you well know, to be a good book on tape, it needs a good reader. And then sometimes a book is better to read than to listen to, or vice versa. That is why the Le Carre books might be a little difficult to listen to, as the plotting is complex, and one has to be very attentive to figure out what is going on. I used to drive to courts every day, and so I listened to many books on tape. I found that trying to grasp Henry James’ prose while navigating traffic, was very difficult.I also had a fender-bender while listening to a Fitzgerald novel. So with those caveats….

            I would still recommend “Tinker Tailor” by Le Carre, though it takes a while to figure out exactly what has happened.

            Hostage by Robert Crais. Purely a suspense novel, but a great listen, with an excellent reader. My mother would recommend some mystery books for me to listen to on the road, and this was one of her excellent suggestions. Another was Eureka by William Diehl, and California Girl by T. Jefferson Parker.

            Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie, read by David Suchet. He was the best Poirot ever, and a great reader, doing all the voices. It was one of Christie’s favorite novels, and it is elegantly done.

            The Dain Curse by Dashielll Hammett, read by William Dufris, I think that is his name. Actually, this novel is less touted than his others, but it is excellent, with even a romantic quality. Also, the Glass Key by Hammett.

            Morality Play by Barry Unsworth. A very well written novel which involves a troupe of actors who go to towns in the Middle Ages performing the standard morality plays, but learn about a potential murder, and transcend their roles, to try to learn the truth. Brilliantly done.

            The House on the Strand by Daphne Du Maurier. A fascinating novel involving a drug which takes someone back to the exact geographical spot, but centuries earlier, and for the protagonist. contrasts the more romantic past with his mundane present.

            The Third Man by Graham Greene, if read by Martin Jarvis. A wonderful reading of this famous novella. I also liked Greene’s Confidential Agent, read by Patrick Tull.

            The Great Gatsby, read by Alexander Scourby.

            Time Out of Joint by Philip Dick, if there is a good reader. Such an entertaining and mind-bending science fiction novel.

            Rat Pack Confidential. Shawn Levy was film critic for the Portland Oregonian, and he has written a series of literate, entertaining nonfiction stories about the entertainment world. This is about the Rat Pack of the 1950’s, Sinatra, Martin, Lawford and all, and is well researched and fun.

            I can think of more, but that should give you some suggestions, at least, and in various genres, depending on your preferences.

  3. NSFW. 😛

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