November 8, 2006

If this man is dancing the Watusi with a lampshade on his head tonight, I wouldn’t blame him in the least – if I were him, I’d be doing it with a tall cool boat drink in my hand, with double cocktail parasols to boot!

Well… 24 hour hours can sure change a lot of things politically. You’ve got to tip your hat to the Dems – they ran both smartly and conservatively, using the President’s stubbornness on Iraq and the Republican leadership’s pitiful record on domestic issues over the past six years to create enough of a wedge with Independents to get the job done – not just in the House, but most likely in the Senate as well.

Conservative bloggers everywhere are licking their wounds – TKS admits he got his butt kicked, Dean Barnett has gone from simply hitting the panic button to smashing it with a hammer, and Paul at Power Line has called it an exhausting night.

Me? What can I say? I, like most conservatives, see this as just desserts for a Republican Congress that had increasingly lost its way governing the country since the 2000 elections. You know the saying – absolute power corrupts absolutely? Well, somewhere along the way the Republican leadership in the House and Senate forgot the reform ideals what got them there in 1994, lost the Independents and Reagan Democrats who helped keep them there, and alienated conservatives with their unwillingness to curb their reckless spending habits and their limp-wristed tendencies whenever the Democrats played hardball over judicial nominations. In the end, left with a slate filled with: a) RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) or b) incumbents with questionable ethics, and nothing else to offer but “stay the course”, there was nothing left in the tank.

So what happens now? Well, the Democrats will now find out what it’s like to be the party in power. It’s one thing to play the ‘poor minority party’ card, carping about this, that, and the other thing and bemoaning the lack of bipartisan spirit, a whole ‘nuther thing entirely to be the one in power and actually accountable for the things you say and do. Let’s see how Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi do wielding the big stick – my guess is they’ll find out it ain’t quite as easy when you’re the ones who others are taking pot-shots at.

Rather than cry in my beer, I’d rather look at this as an opportunity for Republicans to return to their roots politically, and a chance for both liberals and conservatives, and Democrats and Republicans to forget about Florida 2000, and all that crap. There’s certainly a lot of work to be done domestically, internationally, and politically, and it can only be accomplished together. Will it happen? We shall see.

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 01:03 | Comments (4)
  1. I tend to disagree on Florida 2000. Sadly, I think that fiasco will color national politics for another 20 years. We’ll see it in the coming days with the elections that haven’t been called yet. The partisans shouldn’t get too down or too giddy about these results. There is nothing unusual or alarming about them. The American electorate is fickle. I’m fickle. I get disgusted with the inertia but I also get disgusted with the excesses. I’m not easy to please. 2008 is wide open. That’s good fodder for the press, good fodder for the pundits, good fodder for some bloggers, and good exercise for my mouse button finger and remote control thumb as I avoid most of it.

    Comment by Rob — November 8, 2006 @ 8:43 am

  2. Can’t help but agree with you there, Rob. Thanks for the comment!

    Comment by The Great White Shank — November 8, 2006 @ 9:35 pm

  3. No recounts and no lawsuits. Very happy to be wrong about that.

    Comment by Rob — November 9, 2006 @ 5:41 pm

  4. Can’t agree with you more there, Rob. But frankly, the only reason why there’s no recounts and no lawsuits is because the Democrats won. If it had been the Republicans, or the majorities in the House and Senate had been razor-close, I guarantee there’d be more lawsuits, recounts and lawyers around than you can shake a stick at. That’s just a standard part of the Democrats’ playbook.

    Along those same lines: have you noticed the absence of allegations of voter intimidation, voter disenfranchisement, and erroneous vote counts on the pages of the New York Times, Washington Post, et al? Hmmm… I wonder why that might be? Could be again be because, oh I don’t know, because the Democrats won so decidedly? You bet it is.

    Comment by The Great White Shank — November 9, 2006 @ 9:16 pm

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