Patton Oswalt* had a really bad time on the evening of November 2, 2004. He writes about it here.
Update: A helpful reader passes along this e-mail conversation he had with the lovable CBS personality on that very topic:
From: Red S. Tate (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To: Patton Oswalt (email@example.com)
Subject: Three cheers for what you wrote about election night!
As I watched the election results on my big-screen HDTV while swilling top-shelf liquor, both of which I paid for with just a minuscule share of the enormous cash torrent that flows across the entire world into my chosen field of industry every single second of every single day, I realized just how much America fucking sucks. If I didn't have to be on the set in the morning, I'd totally overthrow the government.
Power to the people (who agree with me),
P.S. The 2004 election used to be a referendum on the war, but now it wasn't, retroactively, because the guy I voted for didn't win.
Just kidding & tee-hee,
Red S. Tate
Subject: Re: Three cheers for what you wrote about election night!
Half. How much half of America sucks.
Well, 51% / 286, but I see your point. Personally, I wouldn't want to take a 51% pay cut if I could help it. (Down at the Wal-Mart. As I like to say to anyone who'll listen, "Them shelves don't stock theirselves!") But I do admire your principles.
Update 2: Daniel Frank asks, "Wouldn't that be a 53-54% pay cut?" FASCIST!
*He appears on the situation comedy The King of Queens. Or so I've read. He's also a standup comedian who I have found to be funny.Posted by Jim Treacher at November 8, 2004 04:39 AM