Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A few election night thoughts

Dems take the House. This makes me happy.

Dems pick up some seats in the Senate, could still gain the majority. This also makes me happy.

These things make me happy primarily because now Bush no longer has an automatic rubber stamp in Congress.

It looks like Jim Webb has defeated George Allen in Virginia. This makes me happy because Allen is a pompous putz, and if this defeat remains after the inevitable recount and litigation, it should sink Allen's Presidential bid for 2008.

Joe Lieberman won in Connecticut. This does not really surprise me. Lieberman's victory has an important lesson for the Democratic party, and it's one the party had better learn when the primaries come around in 2008. Lamont was able to win the Democratic primary by being in many ways far left wing, and yet he could not win the general election. What this means, Democrats, is that if the far left part of the party gets its way in 2008, the election will likely be lost.

The sad part of the night for me was the fact that my man Kinky Friedman finished last in the race for Texas governor. In the end, I think it was the fact that some of Kinky's positions--like favoring casino gambling and not wanting to ban gay marriage--scared people. The fact that Kinky stated these positions from the start and never wavered despite knowing that it could cost him votes is the main reason I campaigned and voted for him. And I am damn proud to have done both.


Blogger Ray said...

I find the world views interesting. First, I don't care what Chavez thinks. Europe is almost gloating. Some in England and Australia are nervous because they had tied themselves to Bush. North Korea is cheering. Iran is cheering. Iraq is both cheering and nervous. China has the most realistic response. The Dems historically are better watchdogs when it comes to human rights and fear they will put more pressure on China. Plus, the Dems have opposed sending jobs to third world countries including China, so China could be hurt economically. Their fears give me a warm feeling about the Dems gaining power.

11/08/2006 1:15 PM  
Blogger WCharles said...

On another election note, what is Spitzer going to do now that Hevesi won re-election?

11/08/2006 11:58 PM  
Blogger Ray said...

Here's an article from today's paper.

It really is a good ole boy's club. Even though Pataki is a Repub and Spitzer is a Dem, Pataki they are both centrists and tend to come down on the same side with many issues. So, it's not surprising they seem to be in lockstep about the Hevesi issue. Pataki started the investigation and Spitzer has no choice but to continue it and follow it through. Spitzer did do a good job as Attorney General and I believe is an honorable man and will do the right thing. He's not concerned because if Hevesi is impeached, Spitzer will be able to name a Dem to replace him. Ultimately, Callahan was not a worthy opponent to oust Hevesi creating the current situation.

11/09/2006 7:09 AM  
Blogger Ray said...

I read a blogger elsewhere comment that the Iraqi insurgents who are our enemies are pleased to see the Democrats have taken over. How does that make you feel knowing our enemies are happy with the results? Should Democrats be offended?

11/09/2006 1:39 PM  

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