November 08, 2006
A Walk on the Real Side?

What Republican headquarters might be thinking tonight:

It’s high time for a walk on the real side
Let’s admit the bastards beat us
I move to dissolve the corporation
In a pool of margaritas
So let’s switch off all the lights
And light up all the Luckies
Crankin’ up the afterglow
’Cause we’re goin’ out of business
Everything must go

Talk about your major pain and suffering
Now our self-esteem is shattered
Show the world our mighty hidey-ho face
As we go sliding down the ladder
It was sweet up at the top
’Til that ill wind started blowing
Now it’s cozy down below
’Cause we’re goin’ out of business
Everything must go

Now the question is how well the Democrats handle it, as I said in the discussion at the blog of our esteemed colleague and fellow BARBARian Paperwight. (Not to mention friend and drinking buddy as well.) A natural supposition might be support for removing as many Republicans from Congress as possible.

Certainly I agree about the House races (not to mention the governors and so on), but there’s one or two Republican Senators who aren’t running this time who it seems to me are worth keeping. Hagel, for one. I think I’d keep Lugar too, and there are others who could be worked with by an honest and well-intentioned Democratic party. The House, though, screw them.

It appears we’ll soon be bereft of the services of Sen. Man-on-Dog, Rep. “Stick a fork in him, he’s” Weldon (plus Ann Northrup, but unfortunately not Geoff Davis), and my personal favorite Rep. Jim Ryun, of whom I was a huge fan in jr. and sr. high, when the only sports I was even halfway-decent at were track and tennis. I didn’t realize how out of it he is; I admired his finishing kick. The track CW at the time was against going outside more than one lane to pass on a curve. Ryun was famous for his final kick, including passing outside by three or four lanes on a curve if necessary to retain his momentum, thus adding several yards to the mile he was already running. When his kick started, he was comin’ through whether or not, distance be damned.

Turns out he was a real idiot.

Now if only the victorious Democrats can do something useful and sure-footed at the same time… Problem is, they just won by keeping their heads down in sync at appropriate times. I don’t know if they’re prepared to play the power game at an appropriate level, sophisticated about technology and game theory but heartfelt about values — by which I mean FDR coalition-style stuff like Social Security, economic fairness in general and minimum wage increases in particular, health care, and education; but I’m hoping. I certainly look forward to people like Conyers and Waxman having the chance to attempt real solutions to some of the serious social challenges for which their talents fit them.

At the highest level, it may be that we’ve actually turned a corner and there’s light at the end of tunnel on the whole lying, robocalling, vote-suppressing, faith-based-evaluation thing. It remains to be seen, but one can hope.

Posted by Chuck Dupree at November 08, 2006 05:49 AM
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Senator Lugar has just been reelected, so you get to keep him for six years or so.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on November 9, 2006 4:57 PM
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