06 November 2008

The day after the day after

Still kinda emotionally exhausted. Can't bring myself to get too deep into the electoral post-mortems. Rahm for Chief of Staff? Groovy. Palin for Ambassador to Russia? Great -- she can see it from her house. Rove tells me that despite the fact that Obama got more votes than Bush ever did that this is not a "mandate" and America remains a center-right country. Riiiight.

I'd love for this to be the dawn of a new Progressive Era in governance, but it's not going to be. Despite the National Journal's bullshit about Obama being the most liberal senator, (Really? More liberal than avowed socialist Bernie Sanders?) this is likely to be a cautious and centrist administration. Emmanuel himself is notorious for being something of a Blue Dog.

But let's make no mistake here: Americans, by and large, share the core values of the progressive movement. End the war in Iraq. Universal healthcare. Minimum wages. Equality of opportunity. Personal privacy and civil rights. Progressive taxation. The Republican party, only four years removed from crowing about its "permanent majority," is now firmly reduced to a regional party based in the south. Once, the "party of ideas," the conservative movement has nothing left but a hollow anti-tax, gay-hatin' demagoguery. I don't think that the democratic majority will be "permanent." This is their opportunity, however, in partnership with a Democratic president, to show the country what competence in government looks like, and to remind them that over the last century, economic prosperity has been the hallmark of Democratic administrations. If they succeed in that objective, and if Obama's administration is as well-run as his campaign was, then there is a possibility that Democratic control of congress may be enduring. And that would be a good thing.

3 comments:

  1. Well, at least now I know why you vote the way you do: you haven't got a clue about politics or history.

    As for the republican party being a 'regional party based in the south', fact-check that assertion against the NYTimes map of the election, here, but after you gloat at the first picture hit the box on the left that says "County leaders". It's a red country with blue islands, and it's not Southern.

    Second, I'm old enough to remember the special 'economic prosperity' of the Carter years, so your assertion again fails any reasonableness test.

    So, stop it with the talking points that are factual rubbish.

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  2. When you get tired of being tired, could you please consider taking down the Pollster map? Last I heard, we won.

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  3. I think Palin should be made ambassador to the country of Africa.

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