Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Another Day After

It might be a sign that I'm getting on in years, but yesterday afternoon, I couldn't remember where I voted this time last year. That's hard even for me to believe, because now that I do remember, there was a huge line for getting in that time. I did manage to find out where my polling place was, though, and there wasn't a line. But there was a victory for the Republicans last night, as McDonnell won the governor's seat, and other GOP candidates won the contest for both Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General.

Closer to home in Arlington, the GOP didn't even bother to run anyone for the open seat on the County Board of Supervisors (the executive branch of county government in Virginia). I resisted the urge to pick the Green Party candidate, and cast myself as a write-in. It may have been the slightly better choice.

As to whatever happened elsewhere, I believe it was ABC's Jake Tapper who said it best:

NBC's "The Biggest Loser" is at the White House tonight. This is not a joke.

No, but David Axelrod is trying to make the best of it. He told Fox News that the race for Congress in the New York 23rd (where a Democrat won, barely) was the one that really mattered on the national scale, while the governor's races in New Jersey and Virginia (where Republicans won, handily) do not.

By the way, Axeman, your boy Rahm Emmanuel didn't feel that way about that situation four years ago, did he now?

I'm not so sure myself. If you look at the last two Presidential elections by county, you see very little difference between 2004 and 2008. The Dems ran a super-smart campaign; they knew exactly where to concentrate their efforts to win the popular vote, and kick ass with the electoral vote. (The latter is the one that counts, because in America, the people do not elect their President; the States do, through electors.) That way to victory may not work the next time, if New Jersey is any indication, as two counties which went to Obama were decisive in securing victory for the GOP's Christie.

Meanwhile, Republican National Committee chairman Michael "What Up, Dawg" Steele continues his massive egg-laying program across America. At a press conference today, he took Sarah Palin to task for ... well, being Sarah Palin.

"If you don't live in the district, you don't vote there, your opinion doesn't matter very much," Steele said while assessing the intra-party strife that resulted in a Democratic pick up of a seat held by Republicans since the Civil War.

Now, if we follow Steele's line of (and we use the term guardedly here) reasoning, his opinion doesn't matter very much either. Especially since he wanted to play ball for the New York 23rd with that Fake Democrat who turned around after pulling out and urged her supporters to go for the REAL Democrat.

Yo, Dawg! Word up, two of 'em: Alren. Specter.

I think we can safely say that the Man of Steele can get in line behind Newt Gingrich at the door to the National Foot In Mouth Disease Clinic. But it could take a few more on the chin before these golf-club swinging cake-eaters learn the most valuable lesson here; that Americans will go for someone who stands for something, over someone who will fall for anything.

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