Maybe after such failures it will occur to the GOP that rather than denying as much of the pesky electorate the vote as possible they themselves will have to change to appeal to the electorate that exists and is emerging, secular, multicultural, interdependent, planetarily conscious as it is... NAH!
Anyway, if we get verdicts for Florida and/or Ohio before 11 pm, then the game is over -- if not, well, then here come the lawyers, and it may be more like eleven days before we know whether the GOP is getting away with their criminal anti-democratic misconduct this time (given the recent court decisions and the army of lawyers and observers fanning out into those states, I suspect they will not, but no doubt the confusion and acrimony would stink up the place in a way the GOP finds edifying for fiscal cliff negotiations in the lame duck).
Needless to say, if Obama gets either state, all this ugliness just provides one more tale of a party of evil irrelevant whiny white guys contemplating oblivion to add to the rest of the obituaries that everybody will be writing in the aftermath of this exhausting election contest. I want to add, however, that Obama has at least four plausible paths to an Electoral College victory I can think of off the top of my head even if he were to LOSE Ohio AND Florida, or if victories there were shunted off into the future by GOP dirty tricks, so that we can all go to bed with a smile on our faces even if Republicans manage to do their worst.
1) 237 Solid/Likely EVs + NH (4) + WI (10) + IA (6) + CO (9) + NV (6) = 272 EVsAny of these scenarios will nudge a concession speech out of Romney before the sun comes up Wednesday morning. I really don't think Romney even wants to be President enough to go scorched earth for it (I think he's dead inside and doesn't want anything that badly, frankly, though he definitely expects and feels entitled to much more even than he has) and I also don't think Republicans like Romney enough to move heaven and earth for him -- Romney has gone further than his Dad did and I think that will suffice for him, and any legitimate victory puncturing the delusive Fox/Hate Radio bubble of Romney landslide fantasies of the Obama-hating Muslifascisocifurrinfoodstamparmy crowd will send most of them into saucer-eyed demoralized quiescence and the rest for their guns anyway. I don't share the daydreams of our punditocratic gossips who think Obama will win the Electoral College but not the popular vote, I think Obama will win the latter as well by a slim margin Tuesday night that plumps up by a point or two in upcoming weeks as all the provisional and absentee ballots get counted by and by.
2) 237 Solid/Likely EVs + VA (13) + WI (10) + NH (4) + NV (6) = 270 EVs
3) 237 Solid/Likely EVs + VA (13) + WI (10) + NH (4) + IA (6) = 270 EVs
4) 237 Solid/Likely EVs + VA (13) + CO (9) + NV (6) + IA (6) = 271 EVs
By the way, I still think it's going to be a good night for Democrats in the Senate, a good night for Progressives in same-sex marriage, marijuana legalization, tax-raising for education, three strikes reform, capital punishment ending ballot initiative fights in California and nationwide, and I am hopeful about the prospects for Democrats in the House (though a reversal of control looks sadly to be out of reach, mostly due to GOP redistricting but them's the rules).