Thumpin’ 2: Electoral Boogaloo

3 comments November 5th, 2008at 11:55am Posted by Eli

This time there is an enemy, so they must unite!

So we have now seen not one, but two, electoral landslides in favor of the Democrats, culminating in Obama blowing away not just John McCain, but George W. Bush’s supposed “mandate” from 2004.  Now can we finally retire the idea that America is a center-right nation, Harry Reid’s idiocy notwithstanding?  The American people just sent a very clear message – again – that they are absolutely sick of eight years of Republican hate, fear, greed, corruption, and downright wrong-about-everything incompetence.

Still, it wasn’t all perfect.  There are a whole bunch of truly odious Republicans who have probably survived, and a whole bunch of anti-gay initiatives that have passed, with the CA one coming right down to the wire (how was that even close in California???), so we still have a lot of room to improve as a nation.  But 2006 and 2008 are a really good first step – I only hope we don’t go backwards in 2010, and that the American people remember who got us into the mess that President Obama will still be digging us out of.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Elections,Obama,Politics,Republicans


  • 1. Cujo359  |  November 5th, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    If you’re part of a religious minority, the rhetoric of this campaign season can’t be all that reassuring. The mention of Harry Reid reminds me that many of the problems in Washington aren’t solely the fault of Republicans, too. The press, particularly broadcast news, are so vacuous that you could have replaced most of the pundits I was seeing last night with random mental patients and improved the analysis.

    There’s still a lot of work to be done.

    Nevertheless, Obama’s victory and a less Lieberman-dependent Democratic majority in the Senate are two things to be cheery about.

  • 2. mike_from_CA  |  November 5th, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Why has Prop Hate (8) in CA most likely passed, and not voted down convincingly instead, here on the Left Coast? Two reasons, (1) Tens of millions $ in ad money from the Utah Mor[m]ons, and (2) A monumentally ineffectual “No” campaign waged here. As one example, I never received a single phone call or mailer on this whatsoever, despite being on everyone else’s Dem/Lib phone & mailing lists. WTF?!!

    The conservatives have loved to crow about pushing for “States rights” (i.e. so the ConThug states can ban abortion & bypass Roe v Wade), so I guess as part of that they’ve decided it’s OK for moneyed people from one state to tell people in another how they should live. (I’ll spare you the swear words I might add to this.) Perhaps next time a bunch of Blue states should get together and finance a ballot Prop. in Utah – banning Utah-ans from making political donations/ expenditures outside their state…

    Yes, let’s just focus on the good from this election. And let’s see what comes about from the lawsuit(s) already filed against Prop h8.

  • 3. Eli  |  November 5th, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    After I wrote it, I had second thoughts that I was minimizing the awfulness of Prop 8 (although at the time, I was under the impression that it had a good chance of failing). It really is the sour note of an otherwise positive election, which makes it all the more discordant.

    We had a presidential landslide, picked up at least 5 or 6 seats in the Senate, something like 20 seats in the House… but a viciously anti-gay initiative passes in one of the most liberal states in the country. Even if the anti-8 forces were completely inept, that’s still pretty remarkable… and depressing. (Obama giving the pro-8 forces a nice little soundbite for their robocalls was *not* helpful – his coattails may have actually been harmful here.)

    My fingers are crossed on the lawsuit – the idea of amending a constitution to take away rights is absolutely backward and repellent – even more so when all it requires is a simple majority of voters, and I would love to see it overturned.

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