I’m writing this Tuesday night. I’m headed to bed soon, but not out of disgust or anything. I have an early morning tomorrow and will post it then after the excitement has died off and so I don’t interrupt Dan’s live blogging any more than I already have.
As of now, it’s about 10pm Mountain Time and the Dems have just taken over (as we’d expected they would) the House. We still have 4 seats to defend in the Senate. Senate Update: Whoey…glad I didn’t stay up…
There are two ways the next two years could go:
1) The Democrats will do what we warned they’d do: Raise taxes, expand the size/scope of the Federal Government, redistribute wealth, yadda yadda (all the things that convinced America to take the keys from them in 1994). This will kill their chances of making any sort of showing in ’08. And oh, so easy to run nationally against Nancy Pelosi. Or, more likely:
2) Knowing the disaster it would be to follow 1) above, the Democrats will govern the same way they have campaigned over this election: Stealth. This would be easy for them as they’ll not really be “in charge” and won’t have to really take responsibility for anything. Sure, they’ll do some obstructing, and possibly a few things to hurt. But most likely they’ll be more of a pain-in-the-ass than a real impediment to accomplishment.
Either way, I believe now is the time for Bush to go Balls-To-The-Wall with the War. Dick’s not running (still disappointed by that, but another post altogether), and the Republicans have run from Bush at every opportunity, so he’s got no real reason to help them out. As far as I’m concerned, damn the torpedoes, and (more appropriately), Live Free or Die!
I’ll say it unabashedly: This War Is The Right Thing, and America Is Right To Be Fighting It On Behalf Of Freedom And Liberty And Those Who Love It Worldwide. As I mentioned earlier, this election was not a referendum on the (against the) war. Even if it were, it’s Bush’s duty to carry the day and win for the case of Liberty and Human Rights for the least of this world’s citizens. And now, if you ask me, he’s got carte-blanche to do it his way. Go for it, Mr. President!
Now, domestically, here’s my take on it: I got a call this evening from a friend hoping to share some misery (he’s a fellow Republican) and lick wounds over the phone (sounds dirty, but not really). I told him this, basically:
We’re a strong Nation, first of all. No person, no party, no politician or political movement is ever going to be so awful as to bring us down. Surely, we may head down the wrong road from time to time and for a period of time, but We (America) are much stronger than to be hurt so badly by any politician’s tenure. (Note, by the way, how rarely you’d ever hear that from a Democrat, who, as I recall, were supposed to have all moved to Canada or France back in ’04 anyway…were they all voting absentee?!)
Secondly, when it comes to politics, we (Republicans) have been here before. Remember the 40 years we spent in the wilderness? It took us 40 years to get our shit together and 40 years for Americans to tire of how poorly the Democrats manage the government.
Unfortunately, it only took us 12 years to fuck it up. And to lose sight of why we won. To succumb to our own government largesse and corruption.
However, this is a different world than even 1994. I predict (oh, Lord, here it comes) that it will take much less time for a) America to remember why they don’t like Democrats running Congress and b) us to get our shit (back) together. Look for a huge year for us in ’08.
So have faith, good friends, and be of good cheer. This is a minor setback, and I believe perhaps just the swift kick in the ass that the Republicans needed to get us back on track.
Yes, dear, that glass of lemonade I just made is half-full.