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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Eating Crow

Well, I need a little crow for breakfast I guess, since it appears the Democrats got more House seats than the bare majority I had predicted, and may win the Senate, but that may take a week to decide with recounts and absentee ballots still to be figured in.

A few things, first and foremost, the moonbats have actually been proven WRONG on one thing because of this election. All the folks on the left claiming GWB and Co. had "stolen America" now own America an apology. The Republic still functions (or disfunctions) just fine.

Second, I rarely agree with Charlie Gibson, but he made a good point last night that the Democratic 'spinmasters' were trying to get him to shut up about. Not as many of the Democrats who were elected are of the "big spending" types, and a lot of the have high NRA ratings. Yes, they disagreed with the war, but there were tons of promises made, especially by the new electees in Indiana about keeping tax cuts in place. It will be interesting to see if Pelosi can find a strong enough whip to get them to do an about face in their first terms in office.

Third, two of the biggest poster children for the anti-war movement weren't elected; Ned Lamont and Tammy Duckworth. Lamont especially hurts the far left of the Democratic party, he was the guy who couldn't get rid of Lieberman, who will be an issue for the Democrats, even if he caucus' with them.

Finally, and most unfortunately, we've seen a bigger validation than ever that negative ads, and sometimes outright lies, will win seats in Congress. In the Roskam Duckworth and McSweeney Bean races here in Illinois the DCCC was running total lies in some cases, called on it, and refused to pull the ads.

In Bean's case she won, Duckworth lost. But enough folks seemed to have gotten into office off of similar ads nationwide that 2008 is going to require a lot of work to really understand candidates stances. And a lot of Rolaids.

As Fred, from A Citizen's Voice, and a local radio host said last night, a divided government is sometimes a good one. I'll add to that, don't expect some huge sweeping change in law, or foreign policy. Even with both Houses the Democrats won't find votes to override the veto's that are sure to come in the next couple of years.

I'll write more tonight, right now I have to finish packing to go visit Notre Dame University for work.

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Blogger copy editor said...

The Democrats moved to the center, in particular the social/values center.

1:59 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Curiously in Michigan, even as most voted DEM, 4 out of 5 proposals went the way the conservatives wanted.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

See, it isn't going to be all doom and gloom. It's about time that the politicians started figuring out how to get us out of this fine mess and stop the lies and name calling.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Lone Pony said...

The Presidential power to veto was my only consolation this morning. I don't see the tax cuts being renewed. I hope I'm wrong.

7:03 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

LP, you'll see the child tax credit renewed, and possibly a few others. Dividend Taxes and Capital Gains, which supposedly only help the wealthy are done. Of course, when they expire and the markets lose the 15% of their value that experts say those tax cuts brough them; and 401(K)'s tank, the question will be who'll accept responsibility.

Copy Editor, many of the one's who won definitely campaigned that way. It will be interesting to see if they try and govern that way.

Shoprat, same thing happened in Wisconsin. Jim Sennsenbrenner, (A very conservative repub who won handily) gave a great explaination. Many of those issues on both Michigan and Wisconsin ballots were things that are attractive to the blue collar, hard working union folks who vote for conservative values, and democratic candidates.

Tim, I agree, though it remains to be seen if the Dem's are capable of ending the name calling. I can see a few of them getting a little full of themselves, and being reminded that the Prez isn't irrelevant (As Bill Clinton said in Nov. 1994).

7:51 PM  

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