Ah, so nice to wake up on a day with positive election news. First time in 10 years.
But for a dose of surrealism, last night while I anxiously watched the returns in the Montana, Virginia and Missouri senate races, the ticker at the bottom of the screen on MSNBC broke the news that Britney had filed for divorce from K-Fed (now Fed-Ex).
I think his downfall had nothing to do with their actual relationship, but that he had the temerity to try and go to the fron of the stage. His correct role was as a background dancer, and had he stayed there I don't think Brit would have had a problem. The only thing I haven't figured out is who had the egg salad and who had the corn dog.
How to lose an election
A pundit said last night that Northern Virginia has been trying to secede from the Confederacy for some time. Virginia is indeed two states in one, but still, Northern Virginia does not have a majority of the population. So there was George Allen, ahead by 16 points in what should have been a cakewalk, but bigotry will out -- eventually -- and when you go Maccaca-crazy in a state with lots of people of South Asian descent and other first and second generation Americans, you may have stepped on a hornets nest and then those hornets decide to vote. And maybe even the Good ol' Boys down in southern and western V-A had a stirring of conscience and realized they could very well vote for a guy who was Undersecretary of the Navy under Ronald Reagan.
And as to the Senate
One TV commentator on Sunday said there was a deal between Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid that if the Dems took control of the Senate, Reid would yield to Clinton as Majority leader and Clinton would not run for President in '08. That would be a win-win-win. Reid is a weak leader for the Dems, and a bit of a loose cannon. Clinton has proved to be an excellent, hard-working Senator who knows how to do deals with the Republicans. But in a presidential contest, her baggage would surface and could be devastating. With a deal such as this, we would have both Clinton and (hopefully) now Kerry out of the way and a clear field of interesting hopefuls.
And as to '08
If the Dems have any shred of intelligence, they will select Denver for the 2008 convention. Colorado and the mountain west states are the center of growth for the Democrats. The Dems are not going to win back the south any time soon, despite a few hopeful signs. As a result of this election, the Democrats control the governorship and both houses in Colorado. There will be Democratic governors from Montana to Arizona. Given the un-conservative excesses of the Republicans since 2001, the Dems can position themselves as fiscal conservatives, strong on defense while remaining social liberals. In other words, the "liberals" are more conservative than the "conservatives." And true conservatism is based in the west (think Barry Goldwater)and has little to do with religion.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006