So, it’s official: The Republicans had their asses handed to them last night. (Judging from recent scandals, a little ass handing might be just what some of these folks secretly enjoy.) So while, the Grand Old Shortbus Party tucks its tail and staggers off into the sunset of their permanently 12-year majority, I think all of us who voted “D” deserve a little bit of celebration. And maybe some loutish gloating. It’ll be at least be a few months until “arch-liberal” Nancy Pelosi shows her true colors and ruins it all by arriving for her first day on the job with a shaved head, multiple nose piercings, legislation to enact National Sodomize Your Neighbor Day tucked under one arm, and a lunch box full of steamed fetuses with Tofu stuffed under the other. For now, those on the side of decency and reason should feel pretty fucking fantastic about what can only be described as an utter rout.
A special ReverseBlog thanks has to go to the two men chiefly responsible for the massive Democratic victory (remember, even in the “revolution” of 1994, the Republicans never set up a majority this big): Karl Rove and RNC chair Ken Mehlman. Guys, it takes special skill to turn a ton of money, fantastically in-your-favor district lines, a well-developed GOTV operation, and a bunch of entrenched incumbents into minorities in the House, Governor’s mansions, and soon to be the Senate. You were unable to take A SINGLE SEAT away from the Democrats in any of these categories, which, aside from the catastrophe of the Bush presidency will be your true political legacy—the complete repudiation of your ideology. You may have wrecked the conservative movement for years, if not more. So, thanks dudes.
And a more serious thanks to Chairman of the DNC, Howard Dean and his vaunted 50-state strategy for helping to put all sorts of weird Congressional races into play: Trauner in Wyoming (who may still win), Kleeb in Nebraska, Grant in Idaho, etc. Even if we didn’t take them all, we took a bunch of “red” districts that no one would have thought competitive in 2004. Kudos. As of today, the Democratic Party is the only truly national party in America.
There are obviously many other folks out there who deserve our thanks, so here it is. It’s hard to say how much better things will go for the U.S. with these new Democratic majorities (Bushie doesn’t do well when cornered), and some will certainly argue that we can’t expect anything but the status quo, but I for one, at least today, remain hugely optimistic.
But Virginia is....wafer thin!