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  • Impressions from election night

       November 03, 2010

    A few observations:

    • I saw some of Joe Manchin's victory speech in West Virginia. I would have voted for him too. I liked his big point about how he'll work with anyone to get stuff done. Maybe I'm naive, but he seemed really genuine about it and it was the kind of message I wanted to hear.
    • On the other hand, I thought Rand Paul's speech was horrible. It was all still about "taking back the country" and "showing those folks in D.C.". He is one of those folks in D.C. now. You can run on anger, but you can't govern on it.
    • Reading comments online, I got a real sense of voter glee at "firing" the incumbents. Everyone seemed to truly enjoy this sense of power, which is a little odd, since we've always had the power to do this. I do feel like a taste of this kind of power is addictive and voters will feel free to vote these guys out again in 2 or 6 years if they want to. That's great.
    • I do feel a little sad about Russ Feingold, even though I think McCain/Feingold was ultimately a rotten piece of legislation. Sometimes I think that representatives think they work for the GOP or the DNC instead of the people that voted for them. I don't think that Feingold ever felt that way. I think he hung himself on two votes (health care and the second stimulus). It's a shame, but it goes to show that representatives really are ultimately accountable to the people.
    • I'm glad to read that some Republicans understand that this election isn't about Americans embracing Republican values. This is about Americans being ticked off about spending. If Republicans try to use this election to do a bunch of crap that doesn't involve cutting spending and working to improve the economy, they too will be voted out. See "glee" above.
    • Facebook, which just two years ago was filled with breathless, unbridled joy about Obama's election, is now filled with anger and terror. I would laugh, but I'm too upset to do so. This election had nothing to do with the social issues that frighten people so much. It's the economy, stupid.
    • Overall, I think America does well with a divided government. It forces people to work together. I think that's what Americans want right now. We want a government that does our business, not the business of either party. I don't know if that will really happen now, but I'm more optimistic than ever that if it doesn't the American people will again hold their representatives accountable in 2012.

    Posted by kris at November 3, 2010 08:43 AM

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    #  November 3rd, 2010 8:59 AM      BVBigBro
    Some of the establishment Republicans were dreadful on TV. They don't get it and never will.

    Mike Lee of Utah was the best by a country mile. If he can get face time he could be a force in 2012.

    Jerry Brown is utterly incoherent. He's just not all there anymore.

    There will be two fights now. The first will be between establishment Republicans and the New Wave.

    The second will be between bankrupt states like California looking for a handout and a Republican house elected specifically to not give handouts.

    Obama could do well if he can drag his head out of his ass and away from the mirror.  
    #  November 3rd, 2010 9:35 AM      KVBigSis
    I, of course, was very disappointed about the Feingold results. I went to bed after that race was called, and the only bright spot of the evening was that they called it early.

    The big surprise to me was learning that Paul Ryan of Janesville is going to be the chairman of the Budget Committee. He's one of the Republicans I can live with, since he is economically focused and not someone who wants to impose HIS version of religion on the rest of society.

    Sean Duffy represents Mother! You know she would love him.  
    #  November 3rd, 2010 9:50 AM      kris
    Mom was pretty disillusioned with all politicians. I'd think she'd like Lumberjack Sean, but she didn't really know anything about him - she just voted straight ticket.

    I think that if the newly elected Representatives get all mired down in social issues that's it - they're done. At least I hope that's the case.  
    #  November 3rd, 2010 9:55 AM      kris
    Also, damn, Tammy Baldwin finally had another close race. If only I could run against her again...  
    #  November 3rd, 2010 9:58 AM      KVBigSis
    Tammy Baldwin's opponent was horrible. His ads showed Tammy Baldwin jumping up and down with her boobs flopping and basically said she was partying in Washington while the country fell apart, and we should vote for him because he's not Tammy Baldwin. A more appealing candidate could have beaten her.  
    #  November 3rd, 2010 10:35 AM      BVBigBro
    KV would like Mike Lee.  
    #  November 3rd, 2010 10:39 AM      kris
    Nice, so my message of expanded national holidays and speedy removal of the nation's roadkill may have resonated?  
    #  November 3rd, 2010 10:50 AM      KVBigSis
    Kris, you could have run on the sole issue of "swift removal of road kill," and your campaign would have had more content than Chad Lee's. Although you probably would have lost, because, as you Republicans know, that's an issue best handled by local authorities.  
    #  November 3rd, 2010 10:52 AM      kris
    True - the roadkill message is really a state and local issue. I would have had to run on more federal holidays. I feel confident that that would have been okay.  



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