God (or Non-Sectarian Creative Force of Your Choice) Bless America
Pretty cool election. I didn’t plan to stay up five hours past my bedtime. It just happened. Here’s a handful of political thoughts from the last 24 hours:
1) While there is some entertainment value in watching various eyes at CBS News tear-up over this horrific and shocking turn of events, there’s no beating the various liberal blogs for anger, denial, blame, conspiracy fantasies, and pure, apoplectic horror. Try the ususal cast of yoyos at Democratic Underground. This stuff brings me joy.
2) Virtually every network’s election coverage included some lib heaping mawkish praise on Kerry for conceding an election he obviously lost. Thanks to the work of Gore and flunkies, admitting defeat is no longer an act of gentlemanly behavior, but rather, an act of sacrificial patriotism.
3) Speaking of defeat, let’s hear it for Kerry advisor Bob Shrum. With the Boston Red Sox off the proverbial shnide, Shrum fulfills my need for sisyphusian futility. His 0-8 record in presidential elections is more impressive when you realize he had to skip both Clinton wins and send an insulting resignation to Jimmy Carter 10 days into the eventually successful 1976 campaign.
4) It still makes me a bit queasy that 48.4% of our nation consists of losers, freaks, cowards, social panhandlers and people-who-just-don’t-get-it. The grown-ups will run this country for four more years, but I don’t feel particularly comfortable with the electorate.
5) Wow. Folks really don’t like the idea of same-sex marriage.
6) When the Democrats rolled out John Edwards to address a dwindling crowd of dampened libs at about 3:00 AM, they introduced him as “the next vice-president of the United States.” Kind of pathetic. He was worthless in the South, and his “Kerry/Edwards will make the crippled walk” speech derailed what could have been a winning issue for Kerry in debate number three. Not since Admiral Stockdale has a wannabe veep done so little for the team.
7) Some person or persons jacked with the exit polls to depress Republican turnout. If you think otherwise, you’re either thinking too hard, or more likely, not thinking hard enough.
8) I am pretty darn happy that Erskine Bowles is not my senator. He did run some brutally funny campaign ads, though.
9) John Edwards lost the race for vice-president, and his vacant Senate seat was filled by a Republican. I call this “adding insult to personal injury.”
10) If we get even a short period of non-partisan, let’s make nice-nice cooperation, it will start circling the crapper the second Bush nominates a judge.
11) Here’s a link for those who need it. And if you see Michael Riefenstahl-Moore, tell him to bite me.