Sorry for the delayed response, but the Communist takeover last night apparently led to immediate rationing, as my internet AND television went out for a number of hours. In all seriousness- someone please tell the folks at Adelphia Cable that election night is a shitty time to perform ‘scheduled maintenance.’ I was left huddled around the radio listening to Coast to Coast with George Noory for election results.
At any rate, it appears that I was not alone last night in plunging a sharp knife into the back of the corrupted and perverted King- a few million others apparently chose to join in the fun, as well. It was hard to resist- the GOP had become arrogant and contemptible, and it was nice to see my party take a slap to the face, and hopefully we can begin to rebuild.
It is going to take a few days for things to shake out, but it looks to me like this year was the year of the fuzzy middle. Some will attempt to claim that ‘the moderates got wiped out,’ but that simply isn’t the case- scores of moderate Democrats were elected. Moderate Republicans may have been wiped out, but that is because they were the only Republican targets voters could get a clean shot at- most House seats are so gerrymandered that it is difficult to defeat nutjobs like Cynthia McKinney (and stop by Hank Johnson’s site and thank him for getting rid of her). Look at the Senate elections- Allen, Santorum, Talent, Burns, Chafee all went down- and only one of them is a moderate- the rest are social conservatives. Voters didn’t reject moderates- they rejected social conservatives and they rejected Republicans.
What was rejected yesterday was the in your face, in your bedroom, out of touch with reality ‘conservatism’ that the hacks and the phonies have been pushing on us for the past few years:
Arizona has become the first state in the country to reject a ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage, on the same night that South Dakota voters refused to make their state a test case in the fight to outlaw abortion.
South Dakota voters pulled the plug on an attempt to challenge the landmark abortion case of Roe v. Wade, as citizens there overrode a law that would have banned abortion in that state. In a ballot campaign that drew nationwide attention and dollars, opponents of the ban succeeded in taking it off the books by a vote of 56 percent to 44 percent with 99 percent of votes tallied.
The gay marriage vote in Arizona is likely to capture national attention, even as seven more states on Election Day joined the 20 states that already had passed constitutional prohibitions on gay marriage.
Arizona refused to outlaw gay marriage by a vote of 51 to 49, with 98 percent of voting precincts counted. The vote is likely to spur debate about whether public opposition to same-sex unions is weakening since Massachusetts became the lone state to allow gays and lesbians to marry in May 2004.
Among the most contentious of the 205 measures on ballots in 37 states was a proposal on stem cell research in Missouri. The measure to write protections for stem cell research into the Missouri Constitution may win by a narrow margin. It was leading 51 percent to 49 percent with 96 percent of precincts reporting.
There will be a long, nasty, brutal bloodletting within the GOP, with social conservatives convinced the reason we lost was in part due to the fact that “We kept abortion on demand the law of the land for at least another seven years because we had to try to fund the use of human beings as research matter” and other such nonsense. We lost because, as the oft-perceptive Baseball Crank notes (although, I think, drawing the wrong conclusion), the country got a taste of big-government conservatism, and they didn’t like it.
As they shouldn’t. The GOP is now poised to elect new leadership- Hastert will be gone, Frist is gone, Boehner is damaged goods. Who the GOP selects to takeover (Red State throws out the names Shadegg and Pence), and the way they intend to move forward will, in large part, determine whether or not the GOP will be relegated to minority status for a long time coming. A return to principles is necessary- strong (and honest and realistic) on national defense, strong on individual liberty, in favor of limited government (in both the size and scope, as well as understanding that privacy is a core conservative issue) fiscally prudent, and, probably most important- honest and without the rampant corruption we have witnessed the past few years.
If the powers that be think that the reason the party failed is because they were not in-your-face socially conservative enough, that what we need is more God in schools, science, law, and my bedroom, and continue down that path, they will be once again greeted with a knife in the back by folks like me. The Democrats, I assure you, will do a number of things that will make me once again receptive of an honest, mature, and decent GOP.
It is their call. I hope they make the right choice, and I hope they have learned that people aren’t going to vote for an insane and crazy and out of control party just because ‘the Democrats are worse.’ The country disagrees.
*** Update ***
Like I said- the long knives will be out:
Well, former RS Contributor John Cole should get his wish: a Congressional majority that combines the fiscal discipline of Robert Byrd and the integrity of Alan Mollohan. Enjoy your new friends, John.
I didn’t vote for Byrd and Mollohan- I voted against the GOP. The GOP you and Red State have fellated for the past few years, no matter how corrupt, decadent, small-minded, shortsighted, and reckless they behaved. And let’s be honest- my vote had no impact on their re-election (Byrd won by 30%, Mollohan won by close to 30%). My vote was a protest vote, not the one that put them over the top.
The Republicans didn’t lose because folks like me refused to go lock step with them over the cliff. They lost because people like Red State pointed them over the cliff and told them it was the promised land.