Moby Moves Past Election

Politically Minded artist concedes before his candidate does

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As Americans awaited John Kerry's concession speech, one vocal Kerry supporter was already looking ahead to George W. Bush's second presidential term. "If you need us, my friends and I will be drunk for the next four years," Moby posted on his Web site this morning.

The hotly contested election highlights the cultural chasm between a Republican constituency in the South and southern portions of the Midwest, and a Democratic voting block composed largely of the West and East Coast and northern regions of the Midwest. Moby -- who has been a vocal supporter of MoveOn.org, the political action group that formed to unseat Bush -- questions why the at-odds geographical regions need to stay together.

"Can someone remind me why secession is not an option at this point?" Moby wrote. "Wouldn't the red states be happier without us? We could still travel freely and trade freely with them, but can't we just leave? Then you could have three countries: Northeastistan, Pacificstan, Redstateistan."

Half-serious realignment strategies aside, Moby also acknowledged the need to move forward. "Americans have made their choice," he continued. "We might not necessarily agree with their choice, but we do have to accept that the choice was made democratically, and without coercion. And now we ask . . . what now?"

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