You’ve heard about voting today and perhaps you saw it: massive crowds, lines hours long, exhausted officials and more, maybe much worse.
So for once it was pleasant to be in a largely white area in a red state in an exceptionally large city.
I’ve never seen this absence at the polls here before. No wait, no lines, 2/3 of the machines not in use.
One possible explanation is that the area’s Republicans are dispirited, even depressed. For collaboration of this hypothesis, you might look at how McCain supporters are describing themselves here.
The polling people said there were lots of people early in the morning; this newspaper photo (of the same place from a different angle) suggests they were exaggerating: