This is the time to gloat. Tomorrow we get to work. Great job, America!
So why do I feel like this is a Joseph Heller novel?
While I hate to rain on this “Happy Days are Here Again” parade, there is something about yesterday’s vote that really bothers me. In order to control committees, we needed a majority. In order to get a majority, we had to field conservative candidates like Jim Webb (Virginia) for the Senate and Brad Ellsworth (Indiana) for the House. Not Democrats I can usually get behind, but I’m happier than I was in 2002 (and of course ’04). Control the committees, control the world.
I also find the part of the country I live in stuck in a really bad cycle. I wrote the following letter to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution today:
The results of Tuesday’s election shows how much the South has distanced itself from the rest of the nation. While most of the country was seemingly going out of its way to vote for Democrats – even voting out anti-Iraq War, anti-Bush Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee in Rhode Island – Georgia voters went out of their way to add zero new Democrats to our Congressional delegation. Zell Miller, in his TV ad for Sonny Perdue, said that Georgia is “the envy of the nation.” He must mean the Republican nation, because that is what the South has become. With Trent (the-country-should’ve-made-Strom-president) Lott’s re-election in Mississippi and Zell waving the banner, the Republicans have completed their transformation into the Dixiecrats of the 21st Century.