Saturday, November 11, 2006

While I was Out....

.....There was an election.

I was not ecstatic about the outcome, but this is how a republic works. In fact, except for the switch in Senate leadership, I really don't feel too bad about the outcome of the Virginia Senate race. Issues aside, as I've posted before, Senator-elect Webb is certainly not a bad guy. Indeed, Jonah Goldberg posts on the reaction some of Webbs supporters as they found this out... :)

Webb is likely to be something a monkeys paw for the Dems. They managed to get someone to the right of Zell Miller on almost every issue....and to the right of a wingnut like me on several.

Jerry Pournelle, has several posts on the election here, here and here.
Now I certainly wouldn't call the election "Doomsday". This is a responsive electorate making their voices heard. The republic can endure 2 years of this sort of crap. Republicans over the last several years were just insufficiently better in most ways not involving the war. Now with the benefit of a nice electoral boot to the head we can certainly hope that they return to their principles.

Bill Whittle makes some similar observations here . Given the importance of people like Webb to the Democrats victory, and the disillusionment with the Republican base regards the earmarks, spending, and venal behavior of the K-street Republicans, the obvious conclusion is summed up by this bit E-mailed to the Instapundit :

Over in Tim Blair's comment section, a guy named Dave S. said this:"The Republicans lost and the Democrats won for the same reason -- they distanced themselves from their base. "That's the sentence of the year, in my opinion.

Emphasis mine.

Victor Hanson has similar thoughts here:

Perspective is important, Murdoc delivers some to an idiot Freeper throwing a tantrum.

And in the tinfoil dept....

....from the other side of the aisle comes this odd story.
So...after beating out numerous incumbents despite a booming economy, taking both houses of congress for the first time in 16 years....the Dems want to throw the chairman who pulled off this miracle under the bus.
This should make me happy suppose...but it just makes my head hurt.

1 comment:

Susan said...

Oddly enough, I just heard a news program generalize the democrats elected as being very like their electorates, sort of Republican-Democrats, most especially those in VA and MT. That being the case, there isn't that big a change. =)