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Heckuva Job, Rummy.

It’s almost too much to take in at once.

Democrats take the House and the Senate, at least until Lieberman flips. *checks watch*

Rumsfeld is fired/resigns (firesigns?).

Bush admits that he lied about keeping Rumsfeld on to make the bad mean reporters quit picking on him.

My question is, wouldn’t it have made more sense to fire Rummy before the election? I know, I know, sign of weakness, admission of error and all that rot. But everyone knows that Rumsfeld is a blithering incompetent, so by giving him a pre-election vote of confidence, Bush merely makes himself look clueless and out-of-touch rather than resolute. I think firing Rummy would have actually made for a great October surprise, and it might have been just enough to salvage the Senate and probably a few House seats. Too bad for the Republicans that Dubya is ruled by his own arrogance, and is so addicted to lying and concealing that he even does it when the truth would actually help him.

So, Don, now that you’re unemployed and pissed off with lots of free time on your hands… have you ever considered writing a book? I’m just trying to help out here – you really should have a hobby to keep yourself busy, and I’m pretty sure Command & Conquer would kick your ass.

6 comments November 8th, 2006 at 07:01pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Politics,Wankers

Post-Election Musings

Just some impressions from watching MSNBC’s coverage of the election:

o Wow, I can’t believe how much ass we kicked in the House. That’s amazing, and way beyond my expectations. And it looks like we may have actually taken the Senate, at least until the Republicans break the glass on Emergency Backup Republican Joe Lieberman. I am bitterly, bitterly disappointed that that evil, phony bastard won. It’s really the only blot on the election for me.

o Pleasantly surprised to see Jason Altmire knock off Melissa Hart – I really didn’t think he had much of a chance.

o Rick Santorum’s concession speech surprisingly classy, pledging his support to Casey, saying very complimentary things about him, and urging his supporters to applaud and “give it up” for Casey. Could just be because Casey is a Republican…

o Media narrative is, as expected, that Democratic victories are due to Schumer and Emanuel’s brilliance at finding and backing centrist DLC-style candidates, not those Wacky Lefties that scare Main Street America. Looking forward to MyDD and FDL doing some serious debunking on this.

o Enjoyed Joe Scarborough mildly flipping out on Chris Matthews for saying he had a Republican/conservative bias, and insisting that for the last two years he’s been more critical of Republicans than Democrats. (“Go back and look at my transcripts! Look at them, I say!”) Whether true or not (I’m guessing not, although it is true that he’s been critical of BushCo), it’s interesting that he took such pains to make that point, and he seemed genuinely pissed off about it.

o Could have done without Chris Matthews badgering Howard Dean (who seemed a bit off his game) about the Democratic strategy for Iraq. Dean didn’t really have a very good response – “I’m not playing that game” sounded more like something Bush would say.

o Could have done without Rahm Emanuel entirely. Illinois voters, can you help me out with this in 2008? Thanks much.

o I wish I could comment on the Mehlman interview, but I was on the phone. I’ll just assume it was wanktastic and horrible, and that he found a way to spin this election as a tremendous victory for the Republicans and the Magical GOTV Machine. (“You see, Chris, there are 200 House seats that the Democrats totally failed to pick up. This is a massive repudiation of the Democrat party and the nutroots.”)

o I didn’t stick around long enough to get final results on the election initiatives, but it looked like those were turning out pretty badly, with lots of anti-gay marriage/anti-civil union initiatives winning handily (Tucker Carlson: “Americans just don’t like gay marriage.” Bite me.). While this is disappointing on its face, I find it intriguing and encouraging that it did not translate into success for Republican candidates – I remember 2004 when the anti-gay marriage initiatives were used as a GOP GOTV (GOTGOPV?) tool.

o I stayed away from blog comments last night because I didn’t think I really had anything to add, and I didn’t really feel like trying to keep up. I’m curious what the Official Troll Talking Points are, though. “Democrats cheated”? “Just wait until 2008”? “Ned Lamont lost, ha ha loosers!”? “…”? I, for one, look forward to saying “Thanks for 2006!” at every possible opportunity.

o Oh, and if the official Republican line does turn out to be that the Democrats stole the election, then they should be all about the election reform now, right? Right?

I’m sure some other stuff will probably occur to me later, so I may be updating this post.

7 comments November 8th, 2006 at 07:25am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging, Special Election Edition

Weekly World News is two-for-two on its NY candidate endorsements:

Weekly World News has always supported alternative candidates, including extraterrestrials, mutants, and dolphins. However, we believe that Hillary Clinton deserves reelection to the Senate over Nocturnal Party candidate Dracula.Beyond the logistics of having a vampire in Congress — he would miss every vote cast between dawn and sunset, and the intern mortality rate would rise –Dracula’s mesmeric powers would make a mockery of the democratic process. While one could argue that this has already happened over the past seven years, there is a difference between bleeding people for oil and bleeding them period.

We also urge New York voters to go to the polls for former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo over his supernatural rival. While we believe that over a century in purgatory can change a man, we are not convinced that justice will best be served by Attorney General George A. Custer.

Well done, guys. Well done.

2 comments November 8th, 2006 at 07:22am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Weekly World News

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