Tuesday, November 07, 2006

When Democracy Kicks You in the Teeth

After years of Republican dominance we are now getting a taste of what Democrats have been feeling for the past twelve years. Republicans had a good run in power, but things have shifted and now it is time to figure out what went wrong.

As I write, Democrats are poised to sweep all state offices. Amy Klobuchar is getting her chance to thank her supporters and it is on every stinking channel. Oh the humanity! I thought that Mark Dayton was hard to listen to. My goodness, I think this woman is going to give Hillary Clinton a run for her money as the most annoying person in the United States Senate. Her smarmy populism and waxy smile are going to induce six years of nausea.

It doesn't end there, but if the trend continues tonight and Republicans lose the House and Senate, we're going to have two years of Congress harrassing President Bush, ridiculous investigations, and Democratic moralisms.

We're getting whipped most everywhere this time around, but I am optimistic that two years of the Democrats will turn everyone back to their senses. I just hope they don't do too much damage in the time they've been given.

It would be ironic if Republicans kept the more liberal Senate but lost the more conservative House. If trends continue, that is precisely what will happen.

It is disheartening that in twelve years of Republican power in both houses of Congress, we have done so little. We caved in on so many issues and did many things just like the Democrats had done when they were in power.


Paulos said...

Michelle Malkin has it right with her blog entry, "Conservatism did not lose" (http://michellemalkin.com/archives/006320.htm). Take a look. The Michigan Civil Rights Initiative won (http://www.discriminations.us/2006/11/mcri_wins_1.html). I think that both Michelle Malkin and John Rosenburg have correctly identified a major problem as to why so many Republicans lost last yesterday. It is because too many Republicans did not hold conservative beliefs and ideas. Instead, to many ran away from rather than ran on the conservative ideas (http://www.discriminations.us/2006/11/lesson_for_republicans_support.html).

John said...

Of course you are right, it is Republicans that lost--not conservatives. Twelve years of Republican control of both houses of Congress has taught us that.

That does not make the loss any less difficult to take. The next two years will be hard to stomach for conservatives and Republicans.

I can hardly believe MCRI actually won. When I went to bed it looked like it would lose.

Paulos said...

It is a tough loss. Michael Medved expresses it well concerning the day-to-day scratchy reminders of this loss when he says, "we need to begin getting used to the grating, nails-on-chalkboard sound of 'Speaker Pelosi' and, most likely, 'Majority Leader Reid'" (http://townhall.com/columnists/MichaelMedved/2006/11/08/uncomfortable_lessons_from_a_disastrous_night). Your comments on Amy Klobuchar are right. I've had more than my fill of her just from her TV ads. Six more years of her will be very hard to digest. At least Patty Wetterling went down to her very well deserved defeat. What were the Democrats thinking to have her run again? I hope this is the last time we have to see Wetterling in any political race. She is the portrait of ineptness.

Anonymous said...

Rest well my lese – you and your ilk got plenty done in the past 6 years! For instance, I did not even know what quagmire meant 6 years ago. And the sheer size of the budget deficit is pretty impressive. Surely that can be considered an accomplishment, no. And we are getting a fence along the border to keep all of those dirty Mexicans out. Although it is only 700 miles long and has no hope of being funded, but you get an “A” for effort. Surely the Supreme Court can be considered an accomplishment, no?