First Tuesday After the First Monday in November

I have my eleven spreadsheets. I have my three computers with their dozen open browser windows. I have the television I bought specially for this occasion. I have my XM Radio. I have my 20,000 calories worth of junk food. I have my remote control.

I also have my prognostications and my preferences, but I am not (quite) narcissistic enough to assume they’d interest you — especially when there is so much enlightened commentary available elsewhere on the net. I for one will be turning to Nate Silver for insights throughout the day.

I will go to the gym today, but aside from that I don’t expect to move much in the next 24 hours or so. Tomorrow, the web will be flooded with post-election commentary, with which I will not attempt to compete for your attention. I’ll see you Thursday, with something loftier to talk about.

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10 Responses to “First Tuesday After the First Monday in November”


  1. 1 1 Jacob Williams

    I only I didn’t have advanced micro theory today I would be sitting there getting constant updates all day! Enjoy it!

  2. 2 2 Dave

    SL – out of interest, are you voting? From what I recall in Armchair Economist, you should be lining up to buy lottery tickets instead?

  3. 3 3 Jeremy N

    What could you possibly be doing with ELEVEN spreadsheets?!

  4. 4 4 Martin

    Come on, Steve, share your predictions with us! Inquiring minds want to know.

  5. 5 5 Baxter

    It’s amusing that at this moment there is an advertisement in the upper right corner of this page proclaiming, “Stop Marco Rubio’s Extreme right wing agenda…Vote for Charlie Crist.”

    Is that your opinion, Steve? Or is it just more evidence that, as you stated the other day, “Google is an idiot”?

  6. 6 6 wheninrome15

    by the way, would anyone happen to know any ballpark statistics on what fraction of economists vote?

  7. 7 7 Dave

    Define “economist”. I work in a bank where I discuss the economy with clients in depth but my role is in sales.

    And I don’t vote. Elections are just bread and circuses.

  8. 8 8 David Wallin

    My plans are much different. First, I voted. My cost to do so is low, and with some strange disutility for telling even little lies over and over, I can answer “yes” and avoid the follow up discussion to my colleagues’ regular question, “did you vote?” Second, I’ll not watch any of tonight’s news. I’ll look with great curiosity tomorrow, but dribs and drabs of results coupled with talking heads isn’t of any value to me.

  9. 9 9 Baxter

    David Wallin,

    I’m interested in your cost-benefit analysis of voting. I discussed this on my (co-)blog today, and I’d be interested in hearing your comments (as well as any of the other commentators here). I’ll be posting more on this subject soon.

    The disutility you mention lends partial support to the argument that voting is a signaling behavior — for many people, it’s embarrassing not to vote. This is different from the theory that people vote because it’s enjoyable, as Jamie Whyte suggested on this very blog not very long ago. (Though the two theories are not necessarily inconsistent.)

  10. 10 10 Neil

    Enjoy. I’m going to watch reruns.

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