Wednesday, November 08, 2006
The beleaguered bush-leaguer just called it "a thumping." I might almost miss his homilies someday.
That's more like it, to repeat a theme that's circulating through thousands of Democratic precincts and victory parties, as the Republicans lost the majority in the House of Representatives, the largest branch of the federal legislature. Though it was mostly Democratic conservatives and moderates that were elected, and Joe Lieberman won in Connecticut as an independent (over a Democrat), there's a clear signal for change. This election was more about the moderate, the middle-ground, the socially conservative than the left. And it's a good barometer to be aware of. Let's hope that promotes more bi-partisanship, less infighting, no bulldozing and solid groundwork towards building a candidate and campaign for a democratic and Democratic presidency.
Politics is the art of the possible. In the flush of victory, it's easy to believe that anything's possible. Let's hope the reality of the very serious challenges that face the United States of America is carefully evaluated by the Democratic party and that it does not get too factionalized to cultivate and support an electable candidate for president. I sincerely believe that there are no differences that, given enough incentive and understanding, are irreconcilable.
Montana just came in Democratic, which indicates a majority in the Senate as well as the House of Representatives. It's going to be a good show.
My regards to the American Democrats Abroad China, Beijing (AmDems), who got out the overseas vote (for all parties) and had an election watch party at Steak and Eggs near the American Embassy. Thanks for inviting me and as for anything I can do for you stateside, let me know.
I voted in American classic small-town style, with a paper ballot, hand marked, stuffed into an old fashioned slotted box, amongst white-haired local election officials in a respectful and friendly town office out heah. Democracy rocks.
You don't like what's going down? Vote the blaggards out! Sometimes it works. This is one of them. Finally, an election day to feel good about after so long.
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