It’s election night in the U.S. and with Steve Jobs up for re-election as Apple CEO, it’s a night of nail-biting fear for voters in the Macintosh community.
Will the voters validate Jobs’ war on other MP3 players… or, uh, Microsoft… or… well, OK, that analogy isn’t working so well.
Let’s go to our panel. Tonight we’re pleased to have John Gruber of Daring Fireball, freelance technology journalist Glenn Fleishman, and Shawn King, host of Your Mac Life to discuss tonight’s election.
MOLTZ: Gentlemen, it looks like Jobs is going to win again by a landslide. Possibly because he’s running uncontested. But let’s talk about what Apple will be like under another Jobs’ administration. John Gruber?
GRUBER: Well, as everyone knows, Jobs is fiscally conservative but socially liberal.
FLEISHMAN: That’s true, however he has recently trended more nationalistic and away from globalization. Contrary to what many think, Steve Jobs will be very tough on immigrants.
KING: Why is everyone looking at me?
MOLTZ: Oh. No reason.
GRUBER: [cough] Canadian bacon. [cough]
KING: Oh, shut up!
GRUBER: No, you shut up.
MOLTZ: Both of you shut up. I’m hearing now… yes… we’re getting results in from… uh… what precinct is this from?
MACGRUDER: This is from the guys down at the Gas-N-Sip.
MOLTZ: I guess that would explain why there are only five votes.
MACGRUDER: Yeah. I just ran down and polled them. That’s why I’m so winded.
KING: Ha-ha! “Polled them”!
FLEISHMAN: Ha-ha! And he’s “winded”!
MOLTZ: Dude, we’re laughing at you.
MACGRUDER: Oh. … Ha-ha!
MOLTZ: Well… OK. So, what did the guys at the Gas-N-Sip say?
MACGRUDER: Uh… let’s see… Four were for Jobs and one abstained.
MOLTZ: Abstained?! What?!
MACGRUDER: Yeah. Pff. I know. How lame is that?
MOLTZ: Wait. Was it Gordy?
MACGRUDER: Well, I shouldn’t say. It was an anonymous ballot.
MACGRUDER: Although… Gordy signed his.
MOLTZ: He’s not exactly the brightest bulb.
GRUBER: The Gas-N-Sip… is this the Gas-N-Sip over by the interstate or the one down by the Costco?
MACGRUDER: Uh, it’s the one by the train tracks.
KING: The train tracks? Where is there one by the train tracks?
MACGRUDER: Right by the movie theater.
FLEISHMAN: Oh. Is that new?
MOLTZ: Can we get back to the issue at hand? Now, when we last looked at the big board, Jobs was ahead by 4.5 million votes, but a write-in candidate was coming up fast. Who was that again, Chet?
MACGRUDER: Uh… let’s see… it was… “Phil McCracken”. He has eight votes.
MOLTZ: Um… Well, I think we’ll just go ahead and call this one for Jobs.