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The big trouble with dumb bastards is that they are too dumb to believe there is such a thing as being smart. — Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

The blue revolution

Below, Gordon argues that despite the large Democratic gains last week, ours is still largely a purple country. And he's right — America has been and will continue to be a political melting pot, despite what the Republican Party has been claiming over the last few years (i.e. anyone who opposes them are in the minority of terrorist-loving cowards).

But we also shouldn't underestimate the historic nature of this election. I wouldn't call it an endorsement of the Democrats, but it certainly was a resounding rejection of the conservative philosophy of George W. Bush and the "Republican Revolution" of 1994.

Consider:

  • The Republican Party did not gain a single House seat from the Democrats. You know how often a party has failed to take at least one House seat from the opposition? Yeah, that's right, never.

    Republicans also did not gain a single governorship or state legislative chamber, while the Dems gained six and 10, respectively. Democrats gained at least one seat in one or both chambers in 41 states, while Republicans gained one or more seat in one or both chambers in only eight states.

  • Should we really be using Montana and Virginia as an argument that this was a close election? Just the fact that Democrats were able to compete in those states is amazing. The Democrats basically won every single competitive Senate seat. That's the only way they could have taken the Senate.

    New Hampshire has two Republican senators. In the election just past, both of New Hampshire's House seats and both state houses flipped to the Democratic Party (the house for the first time in 95 years!). Pennsylvania, Ohio and Minnesota also have Republican senators who weren't up for re-election this year. How do you think they might have fared last Tuesday?

  • If this had been a presidential election, the Democratic candidate would probably have won in a landslide. Voters cast 6.5 million more votes for Democratic Senate candidates than Republican candidates. (Keep in mind, however, that 17 states did not vote for a senator this year, including much of the Deep South.)

    Ohio, the state that essentially gave the presidency to Bush in 2004, elected unabashed liberal Sherrod Brown to the Senate over a two-term incumbent by a 56-44 percent margin, and their new Democratic governor gained a whopping 60 percent of the vote.

  • Check out these CNN exit polls. Dems won Latino support 69-30 percent and the 29-and-under vote 60-38. What do you suppose that bodes for the future?

  • At least for the moment, the Republican Party has become the de facto party of the South and little else. That doesn't bode well for them, either.

1 Comments:

Blogger Chance-86 said...

I have a grandfather clock that has a very large pendulum in it. At one point, I decided that the right side of my house was far too heavy, so I tried to get the pendulum to stay on the left side. Later, I moved around some of the furniture and decided that I had made a mis-calculation. So, I froze the pendulum on the right side instead. It made everything LOOK correct, but the only real change was that I had no idea what fucking time it was. A pendulum has to swing. It requires the balance to perpetuate movement in either, and both, directions.
Our great form of government is interdependant on both parties. In 1980, everyone was so sick of staggering unemployment levels and double digit inflation, that they elected a man to the White House that showed promise of changing the entire economy of the nation. He swept 36 states. When he ran again as the incumbant, he took 49 states. In 1980, it was tough to find a self-proclaimed left-wing liberal. It was even tougher in '84. The pendulum began to swing back when the average joe realized that Reaganomics did exactly what they were supposed to: they revived the economy. Unfortunately, 8 years into the program, the common man discovered that he hadn't felt a lot of ease from this. GHW ran on the tails of this program promising the country that this trickle-down effect needed a few more years...but the pendulum was swinging. In walks Billary. He had everything the nation was looking for: A powerful, smart, non-relenting bitch behind him. She believed enough in the current trickle not to fuck with it, but wanted to fine tune it. 6 years later, it was tough to find a self-proclaimed right-wing conservative. The pendulum, however, began swinging back as the economy started to tank and the administration started to suffocate in scandal. AL Gore had a huge problem. Even Dems were distancing themselves from Billary, but without his support, Al Gore had no cohesion. GW walked onto the scene and took the election while the pendulum was right in the middle.
The pendulum, now, is clear to the left. What the Dems need to realize is that the pendulum will be back to the center in 2 years if they don't make some serious waves and make some people happy. We are a nation of whores, who follow after whatever makes us happy at the moment. I hope that they have a good feel for the pulse of the country, and not think that the House and Senate means that they have free will to do exactly what the GOP has done for the past 6 years....

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