The Day After- If I smoked, I’d need a cigarette

It’s almost too good to be true. We, the people of America, have spoken loudly. We have taken back the US House and Senate, we have taken back countless state legislative seats, not to mention governorships all across this great land of ours.

It’s nothing short of miraculous. But calling the results a miracle doesn’t give props to all the people who worked tirelessly behind the scenes in these races, ensuring that the message was out, and got out the vote in record numbers.

Here in Oregon, we have taken back the House, which will finally allow our government to get some work done for a change. What a relief. At the time of this writing, the race I was most interested in, Minnis v. Brading is still uncalled. The vote divide is less than 250 votes. It’s a real nail-biter for these candidates, and while we’d love to see Brading win, there’s also a special justice in seeing Minnis have to return to the Oregon House stripped of her power to obstruct and partisan play every issue that comes down the pike. Karma’s a bitch, baby, get used to it.

I’m also especially pleased to see that Karl Rove, Bush’s Turd Blossom, has been handed his hat. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, Karl! Let’s see if the CIA leak investigation gains new life after January.

Interesting to note Rumsfeld’s resignation/firing. A former Nixon-era staffer, as are many of Bush’s team, Rummy was praised in a big public way just a week ago. Today, the President himself told the press he didn’t want to “drop this bomb” in the middle of the election cycle. He’s known all this time Rummy was going to go, he just lied because Karl told him to. They thought it would help the Dems otherwise. Turns out they were wrong- we didn’t need any help at all.

We did this all on our own. Americans should be proud today that they have decided to be the Deciders. Not the Neo-Cons, not the Evangelicals, not the power-hungry coattail riders who glommed on to what was once the winning team. Americans have their balls back. Let’s hope we remember how to use them.

The fun part about this year’s elections was watching my youngest get so involved in the process. She was so excited by what was happening, calling her friends, talking about the election at school, I found it surprising for a 12-year-old girl. Politics is a tough business, but if she’s got this much passion about the process at this age, I wonder if this is a sign of her life’s work?

I must say, it’s a good day to be a Democrat.


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