From the Field: A person, unnamed, who voted in Virginia today describes his experience:
I park the car and am on the way in to vote. A lady outside asks if I want a Democratic voting lineup.
"No, thanks. I think I'm good."
Down the sidewalk and then on my left I begin to walk past another lady. She asks if I want a copy of the Republican lineup.
"No. I'm good."
I walk into the voting area. Very few people are in line. Two I think are in line are just talking to each other. More poll workers than people voting.
I walk up to the alphabetically appropriate table. "Do you have an ID?" says a woman in a chair as she manages a book of names and addresses laid out in front of her.
"Yes. Here you go."
"Can you state your full name?"
That done, she gives me a card that says I am authorized to vote. I take the card to a worker and he gives me a piece of plastic to put in the voting machine.
There are four Republicans and four Democrats on the ballot.
I vote for Republican Bob McDonnell. Not for Deeds the Democrat. And I vote for the three other Republicans.
Barack Obama is not on the ballot. But every single vote against members of his party is a vote against him.
That's four votes against Obama. And against that for which he stands.
And I feel it. My own little tea party. I can't wait until 2012.
I walk out of the elementary school and feel a freer man.
I talk with the Republican poll lady. She says the crowd has been steady all day.
On the way to the car I talk with the Democatic poll lady. She is positioned a good 30 feet away from everybody else. All by herself.
"Why are you way over here by yourself?" I ask.
She says something that I don't quit hear. But then she talks clearly about how the separation is a way to avoid the flu. I cannot tell if she is joking.
Many have already voted today. But the polls are still open, and we await final results from Virginia, New Jersey, and NY23.
Mr. Obama, of course, is not on the ballot. But I wonder how many Americans voted against him anyway.